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SEUL.org: Linux in education report #29 for September 25

Sep 26, 2000, 05:40 (1 Talkback[s])

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"One of our members has alerted us to Fools Gold: A Critical Look at Children and Computers. It raises some interesting points about the use of technology in education that we should probably be cognizant of even if we disagree with them."

"Karl Pena is hoping to be able to attend the Florida Educational Technology Corporation (FETC)annual technology conference in January as a representative of SEUL/edu and an advocate for free software in education. FETC describes its mission like this: "The mission of FETC, Inc. is to advocate and support the use of technology in education by providing an annual world class conference and other initiatives for the education community." Karl didn't find any mentions of Linux or Unix in their conference workshop listings. We hope this can give us some experience in approaching the educational community with our ideas."

"A new Linux distribution intended expressly for use in schools was recently announced. kmLinux is in development by the Landesbildungsserver Schleswig-Holstein (a govermental organization of the Bundesstaat Schleswig-Holstein) in close cooperation with the Verein Freie Software und Bildung (Union for Free Software and Education) and SuSE. The website is in German, of course. kmLinux requires a Pentium-class processor, and can't be installed on a system with drive C: on a SCSI harddrive (presumably for a dual-boot or Linux-under-Windows setup). If you're in Germany and would like to install Linux in your school, this looks like a distribution worth following up on."

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