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== Kidsmart Rollout: Early childhood project - Carl Klitscher ==
== Kidsmart Rollout: Early childhood project - Carl Klitscher ==
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Carl has an interest in assistive technology for children with special needs. He has done volunteer work in this area for a number of years, mainly by delivering training in the use of some of the tools available.
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Carl has been involved with the teacher training component of the IBM Kidsmart Early Learning program in New Zealand since its inception 6 years ago. This session covers the inclusion of Open Source software into that program some of the experiences gained.
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This session will review a number of the open source assistive technologies available with a focus on communications capabilities; with some guidelines around selecting and integrating assistive technology hardware and software. There will also be real world examples of how these technologies operate.
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Discussion of what extra functionality, support or development direction will be sought.
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There are a wide range of opinions about the use of ICT in the early childhood sector, as
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you might expect. What we found was that while the pre training comments ranged from negative through ambivalent to cautiously positive, the post training comments are universally positive with the Open Source programs (Tuxpaint, Audacity, Stellarium, Celestia, OpenOffice etc.) playing a major role in that turnaround. Even after six years of operation it is very rare for us to come across people who know of Open Source Software programs before the training sessions but once they realise the power and capability of the software and how it can be used with the curriculum they are very enthusiastic.
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''This talk is scheduled for'' [http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/Miniconfs/Education education miniconf]: [http://www.lca2010.org.nz/programme/schedule/tuesday Tuesday 19 January 2010]
''This talk is scheduled for'' [http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/Miniconfs/Education education miniconf]: [http://www.lca2010.org.nz/programme/schedule/tuesday Tuesday 19 January 2010]

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Kidsmart Rollout: Early childhood project - Carl Klitscher

Carl has been involved with the teacher training component of the IBM Kidsmart Early Learning program in New Zealand since its inception 6 years ago. This session covers the inclusion of Open Source software into that program some of the experiences gained.

There are a wide range of opinions about the use of ICT in the early childhood sector, as you might expect. What we found was that while the pre training comments ranged from negative through ambivalent to cautiously positive, the post training comments are universally positive with the Open Source programs (Tuxpaint, Audacity, Stellarium, Celestia, OpenOffice etc.) playing a major role in that turnaround. Even after six years of operation it is very rare for us to come across people who know of Open Source Software programs before the training sessions but once they realise the power and capability of the software and how it can be used with the curriculum they are very enthusiastic.


This talk is scheduled for education miniconf: Tuesday 19 January 2010