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GNU/Linux and the New Zealand Curriculum

Kia ora and welcome - Open Source, GNU/Linux and Creative Commons, think Fair Trade, worm farms, buy New Zealand Made; for the digital age.

GNU and Tux - A story for schools

Science - with our friends GNU and Tux

Science - Levels 1/2

Nature of Science

Students will:

Living World

Students will:

Exploring the advantages of keeping old computers going for longer and keeping them out of landfills.

Planet Earth and Beyond

Students will:

Describing what computers are made of and that these components have come from the earth.

Physical World

Students will:

Understanding that computers use electricity (seeing the power plugs), generate heat (feel the warmth), use light, sound, magnetism...
with a growing awareness that energy is being transformed from electrical to light, sound, kinetic (movement), heat...
and what's making those things move on the screen?

Material World

Students will:

Explore what computers are made of and useful properties of hard plastic, see-through glass, metal strength...

Science - Levels 3/4

Nature of Science

Students will:

Living World

Environmental impact of decommissioning computers - human, leachate, less paper

Planet Earth and Beyond

Environmental impact of creating computers - heavy metals, mining, crystals 

Physical World

KTurtle - using electricity, human electrons and computer code to control an on screen turtle

Material World

Using Source code driven by magnetism to run a computer 
Open source software allows you to see and modify its code
Kalzium computer periodic table

Social Science Levels 1-4

Possible learning objectives and activities:

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Social Science Level 1

Social Sciences - with our friends GNU and Tux

Social Science Level 2

Social Science Level 3

Social Science Level 4

Software Freedom Concepts

“It's Free Software and it gives you freedom!”
Visual Art - with our friends GNU and Tux

Visual Arts Levels 1-4

Level 1/2

Understanding the Arts in Context

GNU/Tux images, Debian/Ubuntu/Edubuntu logos 

Developing Practical Knowledge

Digital art using Tux Paintor Kolour Paint

Developing Ideas

Creating own logos based on GNU/Tux using Open principles of reuse, redistribute, revise, remix

Communicating and Interpreting

Publish/share images on class computers,school wiki and print and display

Level 3/4

Understanding the Arts in Context

View Open Source images

Developing Practical Knowledge

Digital art using Gimp, Open Office Drawing, Scribus  

Developing Ideas

Reuse, redistribute, revise, remix Open Source creative commons images 

Communicating and Interpreting

 Publish and discuss images on class computers and school wiki

Technology Levels 3/4

Technology - with our friends GNU and Tux

Technology Level 3

Technological Practice

Technological Knowledge

Nature of Technology

Technology Level 4

Technological Practice

Technological Knowledge

Nature of Technology

The Enviroschools Journey - with our friends GNU and Tux

Enviroschools Five Guiding Principles

Empowered Students

Empowering students means enabling them to participate in a genuine way, from their own perspective. Including children in making decisions and action, empowers them to be active environmental citizens and enriches the development of the whole school.

Students will:

Sustainable Communities

Sustainable communities act in ways that nurture people and nature, now and in the future.

Students will:

Learning for Sustainability

Also known as Environmental Education or Education for Sustainability is an action-focused approach to learning that engages us in the physical, social, cultural and political aspects of our local and global environment. The aspects of IN, FOR and ABOUT the environment are addressed.

Students will:

Maori Perspectives

Maori perspectives enrich the learning process and honours the status of indigenous people in New Zealand.

Students will:

Respect for the diversity of people and cultures

Achieving a sustainable environment that is fair, peaceful and co-operative and makes the most of our rich cultural traditions.

Students will:

Enviroschools Four Key Areas of a Whole School Approach

Place

Physical surroundings

Students will:

Practices

Operational practices

Students will:

Programmes

Living curriculum

Students will:

People and Participation

Organisational management

Students will:

ACTION LEARNING CYCLE with BBOSI GNU/Linux Project

Identify the Current Situation

Guiding Questions:

Explore Alternatives

Guiding Questions:

Take Action

Guiding Questions:

Reflect on Change

Guiding Questions:


GNU and Tux would like you to join in

Next Steps

GNU/Linux, Open Source, Creative Commons, Ubuntu,

Work in progress, expect frequent changes. Help and feedback is welcome. See discussion page.
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