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All Kids online. An experience using Sakai with K12.

Description

In Argentina, LA PUNTA University implemented SAKAI with 2500 kids (K12). It is an experience of the one-to-one models, which aims at giving every school kid a netbook. Results show significant improvements in the areas of knowledge evaluated. The kids' testimonial using SAKAI will be showed.

The experience included adapts SAKAI to work in the classmate (the special laptops for kids from Intel). The most important experience was taken the assessment in the platform, agree with the format and content from Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and SAKAI was used too as repository of interactive content in Natural Science, Social Science, and Math & Language. We will show the main learned lesson, main challenges, and the implemented architecture in cluster with SAKAI. The results are really good, and SAKAI was a very good election for this project.

Presenters

Anibal Carmona , Unitech

Day, Time, Location

Wednesday, 9:45 to 10:45 p.m., Aquarium

Track

Multiple Audiences

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All Kids online
An experience using Sakai with K12

Eng. Aníbal Carmona, CEO, Unitech (an SCA)

Who we are

We are Sakai Commercial Affiliate
since 2008

What are we do

Where we are

Our Workforce

We managed this technologies

LA PUNTA University's Project
 Sakai K12 Online

Background

All Kids Online

An initiative within the province's digital agenda

An experience of the one-to-one model, giving every school kid a netbook

The purpose: measuring if ICT improves their performance at school

Main activity: Test and measure in different moments the kids' performance

Size: This is a pilot project managed by Universidad de la Punta (www.ulp.edu.ar) , and included 30 elementary school, 100 teachers, and 2.500 students. Next: 10.000 students.

Main Objectives

To include students, teachers, and the community in general in the digital world of the knowledge society

To improve students' learning skills

To expand the ICT's use at schools, promoting digital literacy through meaningful learning experience

To evaluate the inclusion of technologies like SAKAI

Methodology

Three groups (1stto 6th grades) of different elementary school

In the first group:

 Each student with a netbook (classmate from Intel with SAKAI and Aula 1 a 1)

All school have broadband internet access

Wi-fi access has been provided so that kids can also have online access at home

Methodology

In the second group:

 Each student received the school support software, and all call center access have been improved, so they can access to the same resources

In the third group:

This group was evaluated without no additional support

Evaluation indicators

Assessment tests on language and mathematics.

Tests will be taken periodically to all students in the participating schools of the three groups under study, in order to evaluate the progressive influence of the project on students' learning performance.

Types and level of technology used by both teachers and students. Intensity and diversity in the use of PCs (information search, text production, software use, etc.)

Management of technological resources and institutional relations.

The Project's Positive Impact in the Classrooms

Teachers and classrooms showed positive impact

The incorporation of new technologies has not been unnoticed in the daily work, and machines can actually be 'seen' in the classrooms

A lot of support has been given to the plan of implementing new technologies in the classrooms, though, of course, with certain caution.

Teachers and school principals have acknowledged  the importance of facilitating students' access to new technologies.

When asked about how technologies are being used, most of them answer that 'we are still experiencing' and 'we hope next year to start better.' These answers show their expectations and positive attitudes, despite the challenges these new technologies present.

Improvements in Students' Learning Performances

Students were assessed through two standard tests on language and mathematics in order to identify improvements in their learning performances.

In this first report, focus has been given to results of the first and second tests so that outcomes can be compared, and improvements after three months can be appreciated.

Results demonstrate significant improvements in both areas of knowledge evaluated and in 3rd  and 6thgrade students. Beyond the reasons for these improvements, test results show a clear tendency in the few months the program has been implemented.

Comparative results in the 6th grades

Results in 3rd grades

Next Step: Intelligent Schools

The core element in this proposal will be a quality contract with schools

Commitment to apply a mechanism to evaluate students' learning,

Participation in refresher programs for teachers and principals organized by the ULP,

Participation of students in Olympiads and other activities of the University,

And participation of teachers and principals in forums about school quality improvements.

Testimonial using sakai

Sakai's implementation

Our Sakai Software Dev. Team

Going from Matrix to Democratic or
Open structured teams

Group owns the documents & code (not individuals)

All decisions are based on team consensus

Depends on total cooperation of its members

Requires clear structure for the way the team interacts

Functional roles (e.g. moderator, recorder) rotate among team members

A technical leader has external responsibility and resolves issues when team doesn't reach consensus

It is the best organizations to contributes to Sakai's community

RED Group
(Digital Educational Resources from ULP)

10 high skill teacher in lengua, maths, social

Found and research creative web tools for and by Kids, to use emerging technologies for engaging, thinking, learning, collaborating, creating, and innovating.

The focus is on the use of free, open-source, or minimal cost tools, so the project can be replicated. 

An underlying goal is to demonstrate how advanced technological applications for enhancing learning can be implemented with only a computer and Internet access.

We adapt Sakai to K12

Main tasks developed:

Learn, learn and learn!

Adapt to 7" screen

Join to TRAMIX (and educational resource planning)

Modify some functionalities to apply specific customer's requirement

Fix some bugs

Translate some pieces

Deployment Architecture

We size a deployment for the following system qualities:

Performance

Security

Availability

Serviceability

This design includes the following advantages:

Added performance if a single server fails

Availability even when more than one server is down

Servers can be rotated out of service for maintenance and upgrades

Multiple low-end servers typically cost less than a single high-end server

Training plans

Qty of teacher: 100

Qty of student: 2.500

http://www.aula.chicos.edu.ar/portal

We take this Best Practices
with SAKAI K12 online

Contribution to Sakai's Community

We hope very soon contributing to the community code base :

a) every issue that Unitech founds and resolves

b) all issues resolved from our clients experiencing problems

c)  and all new functionality that Unitech develops, like tools, or platform support, or enhancements to existing functionality

Translating to Spanish with the special vocabulary in education in Argentina, helping to create a South American Spanish version

Doing events and several promotion activities in Argentina (may be Sakai Conference 2011?)

Thank you!

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