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EduLinux Mini Conference 2005

List of Speakers For EduLinux 2005


Education Miniconference Timetable

Updated 20/4/2005 - Speaker's presentations are available by opening the link of speaker's topic.

Monday, April 18

9.30-10.30 Observations and reflections since EducationaLinux 2004 Kathryn Moyle

10.30-11.30 The RITE Group Shaun Nykvist

11.30-12.30 Strategies for lowering the barriers to adopting Linux in schools Ian Lynch

12.30-1.30 BREAK

1.30-2.30 Python programming using remastered Knoppix Stephen Thorne

2.30-3.30 Directory Services in an Education Network Andrew Bartlett

3.30–4.30 NO SPEAKER

4.30-5.30 LPI Workshop Mark Miller

Tuesday, April 19

9.30-10.30 Managed Server Development for Schools and Organisations Damien Clarke

10.30-11.30 Learning Activity Management System in Education Ernie Ghiglione

11.30-12.30 Managed Linux Desktops Tim Riley

12.30-1.30 BREAK

1.30-2.30 A Random Walk Through Open Source Java David Peterson

2.30-3.30 (Re)cycling computers Jacques Daignault

3.30–4.30 Virtual research collectives using Free Software philosophy and wiki technology Renee Fountain

4.30-5.30 Linux Curriculum James Hamilton


Managed Linux Desktops

by Tim Riley , Commander Australia Limited

This year Tim has done two desktop deployments at schools in Adelaide. He has used Marc Merlin's getupdates software in order to facilitate central management and monitoring of Linux desktops. This has been immensely useful and has made these desktop rollouts possible.

Managed Server Development for Schools and Organisations

by Damien Clarke

The process of developing a mass depolyed Linux server environment in a mixed client environment across a wide range schools. An example of this process being SNS server.


Linux Curriculum

by James Hamilton, CIT

An open discussion about Linux in the Curriculum.

LPI in Education

by Mark Miller, L1 Exam Development Lead, Linux Professional Institute

Mark Miller from LPI (Linux Professional Institute) will take us through what LPI are up to 
globally, how the certifications are going and the relevance of LPI to the Australian Linux
community and professionals. Linux Australia is the only LPI affiliate in Australia, and is able
to now offer low cost exams to the community, as well as formally authorising education institutes
to deliver LPI courseware and exams through the LATP program. Mark will take us through what
this all means and how we can both benefit from what LPI have to offer, as well as contribute to
LPI as a project.

Python Programming using remastered Knoppix

by Stephen Thorne

Once a year Stephen teaches programming to high school kids between grade 9 and 12 at a week-long camp http://computercamp.org.au/ , teaching python, running many sessions entirely off a remastered knoppix cd (James Cameron is presenting a paper at lca05 regarding remastering knoppix).

Strategies for lowering the barriers to adopting Linux in schools 

by Ian Lynch from OpenOffice.org project worldwide, educationlead

Ian Lynch ia a well-known FLOSS advocate in UK schools. Formerly a Registered Inspector with the Office for Standards in Education and an assessor of the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers,
his company is the leading installer of Linux thin clients in UK
schools. For example, a 120 station Linux thin client network at East Hull CLC that has been in operation for nearly 3 years. There is more on their web site at http://www.thelearningmachine.co.uk

Ian is the education lead for the OpenOffice.org community worldwide and as a result of his experience in adoption of FLOSS in schools he has developed a systematic strategy for lowering barriers to entry. This includes starting an action against Microsoft Schools Agreement with the UK Office of Fair Trading and starting a software neutral certification scheme that requires pupils to learn how to take part and contribute in FLOSS projects such as OpenOffice.org. The strategy is to lower the barriers to entry for FLOSS providing a supportive route to Linux adoption. So far in 2005, Ian has flown around 60,000 miles training INGOT assessors and setting up INGOT Academies. INGOTs now has a presence in 10 countries with more coming onboard each month. More details at www.theINGOTs.org

Directory Services in an Education Network

by Andrew Bartlett, Samba Development Team

Hawker College has centralised services using the LDAP server, and has benefited the users of system, the staff and students. Andrew Bartlett will be looking at single sign on technologies he uses, the automated system building, the usual Samba/LDAP stuff, but also heimdal backed onto LDAP and DHCP+LDAP.

Learning Activity Management System in Education

by Ernie Ghiglione, Macquarie E-Learning Centre of Excellence (MELCOE)

MELCOE has developed a next generation e-learning system named the Learning Activity Management System (LAMS), and it was released to the open source community in March 2005. LAMS is developed around the concept of learning design and delivers re-usable sequences of learning
activities to teachers and students in an interactive, collarborative environment

A Random Walk Through Open Source Java

by David Peterson, University of Sydney

David Peterson focus on key technologies in open source Java and how they are being taught in the EBUS4001 course at the University of Sydney.

The RITE Group (Confirmed)

by Shaun Nykvist, The RITE Group, Queensland University of Technology

The Research Information Technology Education group provides resources for education based projects (ozteacher list), and conducts research into the use of IT in Education.


Virtual research collectives using Free Software philosophy and wiki technology. (Confirmed)

by Renee Fountain, Laval University

Why do we teach technoscience in schools? To train future scientists and technologists? To serve as a sorting process to determine who will go onto higher studies? To make technoscience relevant and accessible to all? This study upholds this latter orientation, a 'wider-purpose' technoscience education.

In this study, a wider-purpose technoscientific education meant offering a pedagogical context in which students were encouraged to develop an emancipatory stance towards technoscientific knowledge and expertise so that they could become more informed and active citizens with respect to technoscientific issues. We explored students' relationships to knowledge production when asked to research, consult the public and prepare a final report and recommendations with respect to one of the following five contemporary technoscientific issues: stem cell research, triploid fish farming practices, toxic waste disposal measures, cellular telephone use and marijuana legalization.

Appeals to "expert" knowledge or information was portrayed as one of many knowledges to be considered, negotiated, (re)formulated. Given that negotiating complex and often contradictory information is extremely difficult (Those citizens who have succeeded in effectively participating in the policy making do not generally function alone, they work in groups, see Epsteins AIDS work), students in this study were not asked to develop their technoscientific literacies as collective endeavour. However, endeavours no longer simply occur on a face-to-face (actual) basis: many public exchanges about issues now take place via the Internet.(See, for example,citizen forums in Canada or Denmark.)

(Re)cycling computers

by Jacques Daignault, University of Quebec 
In the poorest countries electricity poses a problem for many schools. In the richest, obesity is on the rise. Moreover, interest in technical-scientific careers is on the decline.
Running computers via bicycle-powered generators addresses ­ at least in part ­each of these three problems.
Equipment consists of a bike, a stand, a generator, a battery, a specially designed instrument linking the generator to the computer, and software designed to interface : 1) the device and the computer and 2) the computer and a web server.
A prototype was designed then tested in a class at the University of Quebec

Levis Campus. The prototype plans (detailed electrical-mechanical circuits) and software are available on the Levinux site under the GPL licence. (The prototype will be tested by an all girls school in an outlying rural area in Kenya, 2006.)

In this session the project will be presented and some (re)cycling-in-action images will be shown.


Observations and reflections since EducationaLinux 2004
By Kathryn Moyle, University of Canberra 

The use of open source software in the Australian education sector has been expanding and contracting, depending upon where you look and what support education systems and sectors provide. In this opening session, Kathryn will outline her observations and reflections about the use of open source in Australian education since the EducationaLinux 2004 conference and provide some insights into recent developments in education sectors overseas.

Kathryn will cover:

  • total cost of ownership research undertaken in South Australia in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Education

  • recent activities by proprietary companies

  • developments overseas

  • challenges for 2005-06.

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