Ubuntu Linux for Teaching

Screen Shot 2012-12-10 at 1.41.35 PMApologies for the very long hiatus of  no update because I was so preoccupied with lots of stuff – teaching loads, workshops & trainings, events management (Y4iT 2012 and TEDxManila 2012), and several tasks at my office. I was not even able to make progress on my research paper except for the fact that my topic was already approved.

Nevertheless, I’m back here trying to revive again my writing skills. I shall start then by sharing one of my experiences in class – Installing Ubuntu / Xubuntu Linux 12.04.1.

In my EDUC 190 class, it is a tradition that my students shall start trying Linux (Ubuntu) by installing it on the UP College of Education MITC workstations. What I’ve been doing for the longest time was the method of Installing Inside Windows via Wubi because it is the easiest way of installing Ubuntu Linux on a Machine that has Windows already preinstalled.

Apparently, Ubuntu discouraged this method (if I remember correctly, it started with version 12.04) so they deactivated it whenever you will be loading the Ubuntu CD while Windows is running. Of course I still managed to find a way on enabling that method by simply using the Wubi executable on the Ubuntu CD. Just open the Microsoft Windows command line and execute this: D:\wubi.exe –force-wubi

A window will then open showing the Install Inside Windows option. In another situation, the Ubuntu 12.04.1 Install CD does not have the Wubi executable so I had my students download it instead from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer.

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UPIS K-2 students experience TuxPaint in ISKOsaya 2011!

Last week was the celebration of the University of the Philippines Integrated School Week, a very jam-packed event for the UPIS community. ISKOsaya was one of their activities in which several sessions were held like an alternative classroom learning experience for the students. One of my classes (EDUC 190 morning class) was lucky to be invited to hold one of their sessions – a computer literacy drawing activity for K-2 students. The event’s schedule was perfect because we were currently discussing about Free and Open Source Software and its application in education.

So what was the software that we had used then? We used TuxPaint, an open source drawing software for children! 

Quoting directly from its website:

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

Prior to the event, we installed TuxPaint on 17 workstations running Windows XP and Windows 7. The UPIS K-2 students were then being handled by my undergraduate education students. The objective for each session then was for the K-2 students to draw their happy experiences in UPIS through the use of TuxPaint. 4 sessions of K-2 students were taught by 2 groups of student teachers from my class.

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