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Global Education and Learning

Some time ago was put here on the Web site of java.net a post in a forum where I spoke about initiatives within universities for the free study of Java technology. Today, I as one of the leaders of the GELC and participant of one of the groups, the Confraria do Java, I will post experiences related to this group. In Confraria do Java have the following structure for the study of Java technology...
on Oct 21, 2007
I'm just back from a rather hectic trip to Japan. This was to attend a two-day conference/meeting/get-together of "Exploratory Software Project (Youth)" this year. In a nutshell, this is a program sponsered by the Japanese government where young folks under 27 can submit a project proposal and get support in various forms (small money, legal/patent/VC consultation, engineering advices, etc) if...
on Oct 16, 2007
I teach computer science at San Jose State University. In my experience, the habits from the first programming course stay with students for a long time and are very difficult to break. (I am always amazed how many seniors in my software engineering course still use Notepad to edit their Java files.) I want to get the freshmen to embrace test-driven development right from the...
on Oct 24, 2006
A few months ago we ran a contest to suggest a new name for the GELC's new Website. Today the GELC Advisory Board's decision is officially out: the new name is Curriki. The new Website, still under development, is curriki.org and will support the GELC's new mission of providing "open source curricula" to teachers and students around the world. The new name fuses the terms "curriculum" and "wiki...
on Oct 17, 2006
GELC has been getting a significant share of attention. It is really exciting to hear the conversations around the mission and vision for GELC. Check out the following events where GELC was discussed. Scott McNealy's appearance on PBS’ “Tavis Smiley” can be seen at http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200609/20060920.html, I also participated on a panel at MIT and the webcast of...
on Sep 29, 2006
Forbes Magazine recently interviewed Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystem's Chairman, about the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC). From the interview: "'Math hasn't changed since Isaac Newton,' declares Scott McNealy. So why, he asks, is California paying some $400 million annually to 'update' grade-school textbooks?" More recently, McNealy appeared on PBS' "Tavis Smiley" show. See what...
on Aug 9, 2006
So, come to the Sang Shin's AJAX codecamp, at http://www.javapassion.com/ajaxcodecamp, and register to the next online AJAX course. As he stated, "The Web is going through the second wave of its evolution and some people call it Web 2.0. Whether Web 2.0 is considered a hype or not, there are indeed a set of concrete technologies such as AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) that make the Web of...
on Jul 22, 2006
To paraphrase William Gibson, the knowledge you seek is already here - it's just not evenly distributed. The Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) is trying to address this uneven distribution by empowering learners with open source curricula. We want the GELC to be a resource teachers and learners worldwide will turn to for help: world class learning, community developed and supported...
on Jun 13, 2006
Today four projects are graduating from the GELC Community incubator. They include an Eclipse plug-in, a dictionary prompter, a simple Swing user interface and a Java study group. Two of the projects are in Portuguese and one is in Turkish, reflecting the "G" (for "Global") in GELC and the international nature of Java.net itself. And <drumroll> the winners are: DONE (https://done.dev....
on May 30, 2006
I have been busy the past two weeks meeting with developers and educators that are exploring and "playing" in the education open source community. It is amazing what this community thinks about the opportunity for GELC and what it can become. Several ideas include a repository to build and distribute open source textbooks - which are probably the first curricula ever developed for teaching and...
on May 9, 2006
I have been spending the past 6 weeks meeting partners for GELC. And I have found that the issues to growing community and increasing projects circle around three topics: What is free? And as commented above, free means no cost but also means open to post curriculum with different points of view and for different cultures. It also means free of license fees. BUT, it could also mean a free...
on Apr 21, 2006
Here is an Presentation that i made last year . it is about different lifecycle models like spiral , waterfall and iterative models. this presentation contain following contents : Part I Basics and Explanations Terms and definitions Well known Life Cycle models / Methodologies Waterfall Spiral Iterative XP Part II RUP as a SDP Life Cycle Model Phases and Milestones RUP and System...
on Apr 20, 2006
Hi, as a newcomer to the GELC, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Barbara Kurshan and people call me Bobbi. A month ago I took on the job of Executive Director of GELC, and I am very excited about working with all of you, and about the promise of making the GELC into a real force for global educational change. Let me tell you a little about myself. My background combines education,...
on Apr 13, 2006
This (Tuesday) morning, the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) and Sun Microsystems announced that Dr. Barbara Kurshan had accepted the position of Executive Director of the GELC. What follows is a brief interview I did with Bobbi Kurshan. RS: Bobbi, can you tell us a little bit about your background? BK: Okay. I have a Masters in Computer science and a Doctorate in computer...
on Mar 7, 2006
The CAS (Java Computer Algebra System) project is a polished and valuable tool for high school or college math classes. The applet is right on the CAS project page, so it's hard to miss. It is an algebraic function plotter that is well documented (scroll down the page) and seems both robust and well designed. You enter commands like "Plot({3-5*x+x^2},{x,-10,10})" and then press Execute and...
on Feb 28, 2006
In the last CEJUG - Café com Tapioca, I introduced Cejug-Classifieds as a project designed to be a study-case for the J2EE community. The aim of the project is to allow university students to test their subjects on an alive project, taking advantage of collaborative effort in a real J2EE test bed. The reduced scope and some didactical strategies serve as guidance to students and are also a way...
on Feb 19, 2006
The Learning Federation, a non-profit governmental initiative of Australia and New Zealand, has created remarkable Web-based materials for grades P-10. About 120 learning objects cover math, science, basic literacy and creativity, and are mostly in the form of Flash games. An additional 40 are for teaching foreign languages -- specifically Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian -- to English-speaking...
on Jan 27, 2006
Learning Java platform is a process. Some JUG Petropolis members and me have been teaching Java platform for five years free of charge in an academic environment. Our focus is to help somebody in a academic community, who wants to learn Java. I always describe a strategy to make sure that students can continue to learn Java effectively. Here's How: Remember that learning Java platform is a...
on Dec 28, 2005
There are two ways you can tell if there is a change in the wind. The first is that the CEO on the golf course is talking about it. The second is when you can get College credit. Well open source software has come of age based on that measure with a certificate in Open Source Technology. Brian Koontz created the Open Source Technology certificate program at North Lake College in Irving Texas...
on Nov 17, 2005
Although I've been a core developer for a significant part of my career, I do often come in contact with the business-types who drone on about requirements while the eager-to-please IT shop keeps saying yes to even the most unfathomable requests. After all the yes's have been nodded and all the necessary hands shaken, the Project Manager brings a steep pile of 8.5 x 11's to the developers along...
on Nov 8, 2005