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12 hopefuls undergo open source certification exams at Philippines

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Expertise in the area of Free/ Open Source Software (F/OSS) platforms and applications was examined for twelve hopefuls from state colleges and universities. This was commenced under the iSchools Project, which supports establishment of computer labs in public high schools by using non-proprietary platforms and applications. iSchool Project's objective is to promote the use of virtually inexpensive yet highly functional F/OSS platforms. The iSchools Project, through its Training component, coordinated with the Digital Data Corporation (DDC) to conduct this certification exam.

The Open International Computer Driving License (ICDL) certification examinations was held on October 9, 2010 at the seminar room of CICT-NCC building from 7:30 AM until 5:00 PM. Participants included instructors from Western Philippine University, Aklan State College, Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University and Cavite State University, all of which happen to be partners of the iSchools Project. The themes covered in the exams included ICT concepts, computer file management and basic user operations for OpenOffice Writer, Impress, and Calc. There were a total of 5 exam modules, which were administered using laptops loaded with Ubuntu/ Edubuntu operating systems. The ICDL exam will also help provide opportunities and build the ICT capacities of its partner state universities and colleges.

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