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SEUL.org: Linux in education report #25 for July 31

Jul 31, 2000, 20:19 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Doug Loss for this link. ]

"Vladimir Tamara tells us of the formation of SLEC, Software Libre y Educación en Colombia (Free Software and Education in Colombia)."

"Michael Viron wrote to tell us about General Education Online, whose goal is "to provide students with links to web sites of educational facilities worldwide."

"A message from Chris Hobbs about how he's coming under pressure from his Math department for not being able to run MS Windows programs on the 125 Xterminals he's installed at Silver Valley High School started a lengthy discussion on how to use Linux (and computers in general) to best help teachers to teach mathematics. One of the things that came out of the discussion is that the programs alone aren't enough--lesson plans to properly integrate the programs into classroom work are necessary if they are to be used at all. Such lesson plans are best written by experienced teachers, and their lack could be a serious bottleneck to the acceptance of Linux in many schools. We reviewed downloadable lesson plans from various sites around the internet, and while most of them referred to Microsoft programs or other proprietary software, very few couldn't be easily adapted to use programs available on Linux. We hope to contact some of the authors of these lesson plans and get their permission to adapt and republish their lesson plans for Linux-available software."

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