The KDE Edutainment team today announced
the official launch of the KDE Edutainment Project. The project's
goal is to create educational software based around
KDE, and not just for children. I have been watching this project grow momentum over the past two months and the team has achieved great enthusiasm, organization and, hence, promise. The press release follows; and there is of course a lot more information available on the project's web site, including information on how to join and help this worthy project.
DATELINE SEPTEMBER 21, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDE Project announces new education software project for Linux/UNIX
New educational and entertainment software for KDE
September 21, 2001 (The INTERNET).
The KDE Edutainment team today announced
the official launch of the KDE Edutainment Project. The project's ultimate
aim is to create educational software based around
KDE. The press release follows.
By doing this, the team aims to address what we perceive to be one of Linux's shortcomings: that there is little software suitable for children, or of an educational nature. Eventually, the 'kdeedu' module will be released simultaneously with future releases of KDE.
The KDE Edutainment web site, http://edu.kde.org/ is the main place to obtain information about the project, and the software that it contains. The site contains information suitable for parents, developers (including programmers, artists, musicians), and teachers.
You can join the public 'kde-edu' mailing list if you would like to contribute to the project in
some way, or if you want to contact the developers. The 'kde-edu-news' mailing list is a read-only list where announcements and a regular newsletter, regarding the project, will be available. You can also join us on IRC, on server irc.kde.org, in channel
We are still looking for many more people to contribute to this open source software project, so if you are interested in contributing in some way, please contact [email protected]. If you still have any further unanswered questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions below. If your question still remains unanswered, please contact [email protected].
Currently, the project consists of the following applications
- KHangMan -- A hangman-style game
- KEduca -- A form-based revision and exam program
- KLatin -- A Latin language tutor
- KLettres -- A French language tutor, for very young children
- KTouch -- A program to teach touch
- KMessedWords -- Rearrange the letters to form words
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Educational Software (also known as Eduware or
A: Educational software is software that helps a student of any age learn a skill. For example, a child may learn to calculate the perimeter of a shape, or to use language correctly (such as the difference between its and it's in English); or an adult may learn how to cook.
Educational software should be fun, colorful and attractive. In addition, the pupil (except in the case of young children) should be able to use the software without parental supervision. See the screenshots on our website for more information.
Q: Who can take part in the project?
A: Anybody can join the project! We welcome people of all ages and abilities, and there is no need to be a developer. Many different
people with different skill sets will be needed to make the project a success. These include:
- Artists: To create mascots, icons, pictures, animations, etc.
- Designers: To design the overall interface of an application, to give consistency in the project so the pupil could switch from maths to languages and find the same sort of interface.
- Developers: Both beginners and more experienced developers are welcome, everyone should be able to find or start a suitable application project. These application projects will be hosted in KDE CVS.
- Musicians: For sound and music, as well as recorded voices.
- Parents and teachers: Feedback is needed to tell us what is needed and how it can best be accomplished, to test alpha and beta versions, to help with the content, etc. If you have an idea, send a application proposal, and your idea will be placed in our application project list.
- Children: Children, will of course be required to help test the software. They can also tell us their ideas and wishes.
After the application projects are launched, they will be listed on our application status page. You will then be
able to contact people directly to join a particular application project.
Q: Where can I get more information about the project?
If you are interested in joining the project, or would like to make a suggestion about what the project should create, please feel free to contribute!
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