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Presentation about the Shuttleworth Foundation's education portfolio. Delivered at Ubuntu Live in Portland, Oregon, July 2007.

Presentation about the Shuttleworth Foundation's education portfolio. Delivered at Ubuntu Live in Portland, Oregon, July 2007.

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  • 1. Open Sourcing Education in South Africa Mark Surman Open Philanthropy Fellow 22.07.07
  • 2. Open sourcing education?
  • 3. Today's talk
    • Shuttleworth Foundation vision.
    • Open (source) education projects in South Africa (and globally.
    • Connecting into the free and open source community.
  • 4. South Africa
    • Tremendous opportunity ...
    • ... but struggling to innovate and compete.
  • 5. Foundation vision
  • 6. Foundation vision
  • 7. Foundation vision
  • 8. Foundation vision
  • 9. Some education gaps
    • Poor access to computers and Internet.
    • One text book in classroom.
    • Weak maths, science and analysis skills.
  • 10. Ecosystem approach.
  • 11. TuxLabs
    • Access to computers, Internet and educational content.
    • Linux-based computer labs in 200+ South African schools.
    • Sustained by Inkululeko, volunters and local entreprenuers.
  • 12. Free Text Books
    • Royalty free text books, written and maintained by volunteers.
    • Grade 10 – 12 science and math complete, now scaling to more.
    • Department of Education partnership in works.
  • 13. Kusasa
    • Students gain analysis and logic skills by learning programming.
    • P2P, 'explore, discover and learn' approach built around Squeek and Python.
    • Early stage development now, pilots in 2008.
  • 14. Open education movement
    • Networking with open education activists.
    • South Africans leverage and learn globally.
    • Potential for policy change by collaborating with UNESCO, iCommons, etc.
  • 15. Challenges
    • Finding and grooming new leaders.
    • Replicating, scaling and sustaining pilots.
    • Getting policy makers on board, and implementing policy decisions.
  • 16. Learning from open source
    • Managing textbook communities -> massive peer production.
    • Working across many languages, balancing local and global.
    • Building global networks, and movements.
  • 17. Why does it matter?
      • “ If we are to lift Africa from her current circumstances, we will need a generation of learners that are gifted with curiosity about the world, and the tools to understand and shape that world.”
      • Mark Shuttleworth
  • 18. Open Sourcing Education in South Africa http://www.slideshare.net/msurman/ open-sourcing-education-ubuntu-live 22.07.07

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