Experience Sharing of Introducing Free Software to Campus: Example of Geng-fang Elementary School, I-lan County, Taiwan <u...
Outline <ul><ul><li>About Geng-fang Elementary School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S tra...
About Geng-fang: Team Members <ul><li>Teaching Staff (including the principal) 10   (1  Ph. D. of education,  1  Master of...
About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>Tablet Computer: Every teaching staff and every fifth and sixth graders have an acer tab...
About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>Electronic Whiteboard: 2 </li></ul>
About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>DRBL  Classroom :3   ( There are 24 computers in one classroom, 17 computers in another,...
About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>DRBL  Classroom </li></ul>
About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><ul><li>Educlick:2 。 </li></ul></ul>
About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>Broadband:  100MB 。 </li></ul><ul><li>Server: 4  ( 3   linux  and  1   windows2003 ) </l...
About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>Wireless  Campus </li></ul>
About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><ul><li>Scaner server:1 。 </li></ul></ul>
Purposes <ul><li>Save expenses Due to the financial difficulties of the government, adopting free software saves a lot of ...
S trategies <ul><ul><li>TQM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-scale involvement: all the teaching staff are involved </li></...
S trategies <ul><li>Set a good example (To be the role model of the team) </li></ul><ul><li>In order to persuade the teach...
Procedures <ul><li>Make communication and build up consensus Seize the opportunities of school meetings, morning meetings,...
The generation situation: Setting up software and hardware <ul><li>Set up  Diskless Remote  and  Boot in Linux  classrooms...
The generation situation: Setting up software and hardware <ul><li>There are 4 servers at school. Three of them use the  l...
The general situation: Workshops <ul><li>97 hours of basic, intermediate, and advanced workshops on  Linux </li></ul><ul><...
The general situation <ul><li>4th grade: 3-4 sessions per week, DRBL is involved in the teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>3rd gr...
The general situation <ul><li>There is Fedora system in the comprehensive classroom, which can be used by eight people.  S...
The general situation <ul><li>Except the original system, there is also DRBL system in computer labs. </li></ul><ul><li>Te...
Difficulties <ul><li>We have been promoting free software for more than two years, the following are the difficulties we m...
Difficulties <ul><li>Teachers lack skills in using free software.   </li></ul><ul><li>The speed of software Chinese transl...
Suggestions <ul><li>Persuade the principal and the information section leader into using free software. </li></ul><ul><li>...
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  • Thanks openfoundry for giving me the chance to be here and share my OSS using experience with everyone. Today my topic is about “How to import Open Source Software (OSS)/ Free Software (FS) into School”. After this presentation, welcome everyone to criticize my paper and give me some advice, or even share your own experience of using OSS in school with me.
  • Experience Sharing of Introducing Free Software to Campus: Example of Geng-fang Elementary School, I-lan County, Taiwan

    1. 1. Experience Sharing of Introducing Free Software to Campus: Example of Geng-fang Elementary School, I-lan County, Taiwan <ul><ul><li>Presented by Kuagn-chang, Lin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://gavin.mytw.net </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2. Outline <ul><ul><li>About Geng-fang Elementary School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S trategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P rocedure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggestions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. About Geng-fang: Team Members <ul><li>Teaching Staff (including the principal) 10 (1 Ph. D. of education, 1 Master of informatics, and eight bachelors ) </li></ul><ul><li>Office Staff : 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Students :83 </li></ul>
    4. 4. About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>Tablet Computer: Every teaching staff and every fifth and sixth graders have an acer tablet computer. . </li></ul>
    5. 5. About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>Electronic Whiteboard: 2 </li></ul>
    6. 6. About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>DRBL Classroom :3 ( There are 24 computers in one classroom, 17 computers in another, and 8 computers in the third classroom. ) </li></ul>
    7. 7. About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>DRBL Classroom </li></ul>
    8. 8. About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><ul><li>Educlick:2 。 </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>Broadband: 100MB 。 </li></ul><ul><li>Server: 4 ( 3 linux and 1 windows2003 ) </li></ul>
    10. 10. About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><li>Wireless Campus </li></ul>
    11. 11. About Geng-fang: Hardware <ul><ul><li>Scaner server:1 。 </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Purposes <ul><li>Save expenses Due to the financial difficulties of the government, adopting free software saves a lot of expanses. </li></ul><ul><li>Share knowledge and ideas Chinese people are not good at sharing. However, knowledge is valuable when it’s shared. Also, sharing makes the society to move forward. The idea of sharing should be involved in early education. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a learning environment of multi-information An environment of multi-information is the crucial criterion for promoting creativity. However, 95% of elementary schools in Taiwan use windows system. Therefore, it’s important to introduce other systems </li></ul>
    13. 13. S trategies <ul><ul><li>TQM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-scale involvement: all the teaching staff are involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customers first: teachers and students’ concerns are pun in the fir st place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous improvement: improvements and reflections are made all the time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step by step </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Like cooking frogs in warm water, we have users use free software in natural circumstances. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. S trategies <ul><li>Set a good example (To be the role model of the team) </li></ul><ul><li>In order to persuade the teachers into using free software, I have had replaced Windows XP with Fedora in my desktop and laptop. I did it to show my determination to promote free software and to examine the problems of free software as well. </li></ul><ul><li>From students to parents and teachers </li></ul><ul><li>First we change students’ concepts and habits. Then they may bring influences on teachers and parents. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Procedures <ul><li>Make communication and build up consensus Seize the opportunities of school meetings, morning meetings, e-mails, and having small talks to communicate with the staff to build up consensus. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software f or Ms-Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software f or Linux Most users are accustomed to windows . Therefore, while introducing free software, windows software should play the main part accompanied with the linux system. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set up an easy-manageable platform of information teaching - DRBL </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized Linux environment </li></ul>
    16. 16. The generation situation: Setting up software and hardware <ul><li>Set up Diskless Remote and Boot in Linux classrooms by using the recycled computers. </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Three Zhong ( 三忠 ): By using the second-handed computers bought from the auction website, the DRBL techniques were adopted to build a computer-learning environment for 17 people to use at the same time. </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive classroom: The 9 second-handed computers donated by High Court Prosecutors' Office were used to build the DRBL system. </li></ul><ul><li>T he computer labs adopts DRBL system. </li></ul>
    17. 17. The generation situation: Setting up software and hardware <ul><li>There are 4 servers at school. Three of them use the linux system. </li></ul><ul><li>The in-campus monitors adopt linux server to construct DVR. </li></ul><ul><li>The in-campus servers adopt Linux+Apache+MySQL+Php to set up web models, such as xoops 、 school system 、 library system 、 plog 、 wiki 、 eyeOS 、 moodle 、 DVR and so on. </li></ul>
    18. 18. The general situation: Workshops <ul><li>97 hours of basic, intermediate, and advanced workshops on Linux </li></ul><ul><li>2 lectures on promoting free software (6 hours in total) </li></ul><ul><li>12 workshops on introducing software (60 hours in total) </li></ul>
    19. 19. The general situation <ul><li>4th grade: 3-4 sessions per week, DRBL is involved in the teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>3rd grade: 4-6 sessions per week. T here are computers in each classroom, so students ca n use computers both in class and during the break. </li></ul><ul><li>5th and 6th grades: 6-8 sessions per week. They use windows and free software in class. (Each one has a tablet computer.) </li></ul>
    20. 20. The general situation <ul><li>There is Fedora system in the comprehensive classroom, which can be used by eight people. S tudents can use it during their break time. </li></ul><ul><li>T he third grade classroom provide the environment of 15 DRBL computers. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers use the moodle platform in their teaching. </li></ul>
    21. 21. The general situation <ul><li>Except the original system, there is also DRBL system in computer labs. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers are able to make liveCD by themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>The cross-school technical consulting team was formed in 2005. The members hold monthly meetings to provide consultation and to solve technical problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Assist the Information Wed Center to construct the website for exchanging free software. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask OSSII to assist in translating software into Chinese and in setting up hardware. </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperate with OSSII to promote the plan of using oss Chinese desk. ( For more details : ftp://ms1.gfes.ilc.edu.tw/odp/ </li></ul>
    22. 22. Difficulties <ul><li>We have been promoting free software for more than two years, the following are the difficulties we met: </li></ul><ul><li>The client computer of the DRBL system in the third grade classroom is worn-out, which results in poor working efficiency and affects the teaching efficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>In ordinary classrooms, the screens of the DRBL system are too big for traditional computer desks, which may influence students’ vision. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Difficulties <ul><li>Teachers lack skills in using free software. </li></ul><ul><li>The speed of software Chinese translation is too slow. </li></ul><ul><li>Government did not provide a complete set of measures. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Suggestions <ul><li>Persuade the principal and the information section leader into using free software. </li></ul><ul><li>Build the environment for learning software. </li></ul><ul><li>Build or look for a technical consulting team. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a teaching material database of software for teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>First work on students. Students may bring changes to parents and teachers. </li></ul>

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