All Kids online. An experience using Sakai with K12.
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.
Anibal Carmona , Unitech
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Wednesday, 9:45 to 10:45 p.m., Aquarium
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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
What are we do
Where we are
We managed this technologies
LA PUNTA University's Project
Sakai K12 Online
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.
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
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
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
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
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
(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
We size a deployment for the following system qualities:
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
Qty of teacher: 100
Qty of student: 2.500
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?)