All Kids Online Sakai

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Information about All Kids Online Sakai

Published on July 6, 2009

Author: ahcarmona



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.

All Kids online “Todos los chicos en la red” An experience using Sakai with K12 Eng. Aníbal Carmona, CEO, Unitech (an SCA)

11 de junio de 2009 Who we are Unitech Experts in public management computing 2

We have been Sakai Commercial Affiliate since 2008 July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 3

What we do Unitech is a well-known leader in system development, integrated solutions and IT Premium services for the following areas: Our experience in With our solutions the With our security Our health solutions Our solutions in applying electronic Judicial people have solutions, the public through their education allow the government more access to justice, security implementations management solutions allows the and the courts can improve in the public and private of the academic and citizens to have a bigger the efficacy of their sectors administrative can synchronize access investigations offer the possibility of follow up of the learning to the public services, their activities and taking complex process in an through the possibility of guaranteeing the measure the discovering, interpreting decisions related to educational community efficiency administration and exposing on prevention and sanitary and it also allows and transparency of any service through the graphs the complex care in an easy way. the procurement of public paperwork. production statistics information about evolution indicators. and judicial function crimes and frauds . indicators Products Used: + Desarrollos y soluciones de terceros. 4

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LA PUNTA University’s Project Sakai K12 Online July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 8

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 ( , and included 30 elementary school, 100 teachers, and 2.500 students. Next: 10.000 students. July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 9

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 July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 10

Methodology • Three groups (1st to 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 July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 11

Methodology • In the second group: • Each student received the school support software, and all call center access have been improved, so that they can have access to the same resources • In the third group: • This group was evaluated without no additional support July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 12

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. July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 13

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. July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 14

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 6th grade students. Beyond the reasons for these improvements, test results show a clear tendency in the few months the program has been implemented. July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 15

Comparative results in the 6th grades The following charts shows that improvements were significant in both subjects Results of the language and mathematics tests in The percentages of correct answers obtained in the 6th grade also show improvements in both different tests by 3rd and 6th grade students subjects, being those in language the most of each type of school are analyzed in the following noticeable. tables July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 16

Results in 3rd grades Although these three groups were taken into account for the analysis of the results, it is worth pointing out that within the saturation group there are schools, therefore students, that have had the equipments since August, that is to say three months before the assessment, while other schools were given the devices only three or four weeks before the tests. Considering this time difference in the implementation of the project, the possible incidence of the availability of equipments is so uneven. July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 17

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. July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 18

TESTIMONIAL USING SAKAI July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 19

Sakai’s implementation July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 20

Unitech Services in this project • Task developed: • Project Management • Requirements Review • Custom Code Development • Installation and Configuration • Branding • Directory Integration • Training • Implementation • Support and Maintenance • Help desk • Team (15 professionals) • 1 Leader Project, 2 Analyst, 1 Architect, 3 trainers, 4 programmers, 2 tester, 2 dba July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 21

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 July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 22

RED Group (Digital Educational Resources from ULP) • 10 high skill teachers in lengua, math, social & natural sciences • 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. July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 23

We adapt Sakai to K12 • Main tasks developed: • Learn, learn and learn! • Adapt to 7” screen • Join TRAMIX via SOA (our educational resource planning) • Modify some functionalities to apply specific customer’s requirement • Fix some bugs • Translate some pieces July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 24

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 • Operating System : Red Hat Enterprise Linux • Application Server: Tomcat 5.5.23 • Web Server: Apache 2.0.54 • Tomcat: 5.5.23 • Java JDK: 1.5 • Memory (RAM) 8 GB • Database Server (RDMS) : Oracle 10g July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 25

Training plans (train-the-trainers) • Qty of teacher: 100 • Qty of student: 2.500 • July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 26

Most used Sakai’s functions • Courses sites • Syllabus • Lessons • Evaluation System • Resources • Assignments • Tests & Quizzes • Gradebook • Wiki • News • Web Content (Aula 1 a 1) July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 27

• Communications tools • Announcements • Calendar • Discussion Forums • Messages • Forums • Mailtool • Email Archive • Chat Room • Blogger • Polls July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 28

We take this Best Practices with SAKAI K12 online • Visibility- Online instructors must be “visible” to their students. Teacher presence, tone, and involvement is the largest factor in building an online learning community. • What works in the face-to-face classroom works in the online classroom, it just is represented differently. (Ice breakers, debates, group work, clubs, field trips, birthdays, …) • Email is the primary form of contact between teacher and their students, so use it effectively. • Effective Feedback • There should be at least one discussion board (forum) per unit. Students and teachers post and reply to each other. • Evaluate, evaluate, and evaluate… July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 29

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 • Hosting events and several promotion activities in Argentina (may be Sakai Conference 2011?) July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 30

Thank you! July 2009 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A. 31

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