Education talk 1b
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.