seul-edu Logo Linux in education report #18

May 1, 2000--Victoriano Giralt has written a report called La informatica como recurso educativo. It is a "document to convince the parents association and the rest of the educational community in a school that it is important both, to teach our children how to use computers in everyday life and, that the conventional way of teaching 'applications' should be changed." It's in Spanish, of course.

Silvia Di Blasio (a Computer-Science teacher in Valencia, Venezuela) tells us:

Im making a survey here in my country and in some others countries of Latin America about the use of Linux in Education and the level of Technology Integration in general. After this survey I would like to begin an "Linux in Education" movement in South America. I need ideas, help and suggestions, and if you know about other people doing this in my region, please tell them to contact me.

In a reply to Silvia, Igor Tamara pointed us to PLeNa, a natural language processing program he has been working on, as well as Structio, which has the goal of developing software to assist learning of Colombian students in basic subjects: Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Natural Sciences.

We're very interested in Silvia's idea of starting up a Linux in education movement in South America. We encourage anyone in South or Central America who would like to help out in this venture to contact Silvia directly. SEUL will be happy to support such an effort with whatever resources we can provide.

We're busily preparing for our appearance at LinuxCanada in two weeks. If you have any chance to visit Toronto from May 15 to May 18, look us up! We'll be in the Metro Convention Centre, booth 1818.

Here are some more links to educational software we've found:

Mek is mechanics simulation software. You input some particles, give their initial positions, velocities, masses, electric charges. You specify external fields. Trajectories are computed in real time, you can zoom in and out, speed up or slow down the simulation. Force and velocity vectors can be output to be used inside a spreadsheet or gnuplot. (In French) (GPL)

Xem is an acido-basic titration simulator. You select acids and bases in a list, specify concentrations and volumes, and the pH/volume plot is instantly drawn. (In French) (GPL)

Lum is a simulator for centered optic systems. You put optical devices on an axis, then you can request drawing of distinguished light beams to find the image of an object. You can bind a bitmap image to an object, and see its projection on the screen. (In French) (GPL)

geg is capable of drawing 2-dimensional mathematical functions within a nice user interface. e.g., f(x) = 3 + sin(x/2). geg allows you to view multiple functions simultaneously, with each function drawn in a different color. Functions can be selectively erased and are easily identifiable by colour matching. The viewport can be zoomed in and out, and can zoom in on selected regions. (GPL)

ksciplot is a function plotter for the KDE project. (GPL)

In the first of our reiterations of various Linux in education websites, I'd like to again mention the Linux Educational Needs Posting Pages (LENPP), run by Bill Ries-Knight. LENPP is a place where members of the Linux community interested in helping schools use Linux can list their abilities and how they can help, while schools can list the needs they have for community members to see and help with. Take a look at what's listed there, and see if you can help!

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