[K12OSN] I need input from educators...
anthonybaldwin at snet.net
Thu May 13 11:50:30 UTC 2004
Erich Vinson wrote:
> First, a small bit of background: I wrote some software in college that
> was pretty neat if I do say so myself. It was (for lack of a better
> term) like an educator's portal. You could have your students sign in,
> it would compile attendance data, you could generate tests on line, let
> students take the test using the software (it would instantly grade it,
> save essay questions), conference with parents via e-mail, keep a grade
> book, etc. The original software was written in ASP, but I have wanted
> to rewrite it in PHP for a long time. I want to give it away to anyone
> that wants it (under the GPL). K12LTSP seems like a perfect avenue for
> that, I would love to offer a finished product for inclusion in this
This sounds a lot like freebrain.com (I think that's what is was
called). I used this briefly a couple of years ago. I had quizzes,
games and tests online, via this tool, that students could take online.
Of course, being an English teacher, I could only use it for grammar
and vocabulary. Reading assessment and papers wouldn't work, of course,
except that students could submit their work in a drop box in a suitable
file format (rtf). It was useful. Very useful. A calendar/plan book
on their would be useful too. I keep a blog on my classroom site for
communication with parents. That's a useful tool.
I would like to be useful to you, if I may, in this project. I am no
developer (html is my only code, really) but I am a gimper/artist and
can create images, etc. I have quite a few images, splash screens,
color themes, etc., up on KDElook.org (username: photodharma). I do all
the graphics for my own site, of course, school-library.net, and have a
site full of my own art, photodharma.com
Also, I have quite a few writing activities and articles I use for
reading assessments, etc., on my own classroom site
(http://sterling.school-library.net) that I have or will release under
creative commons, so that you could use them. I am always tring to
generate more stuff and have many plans for more curricula to be posted.
> This is kind of my little way of giving back to the community at large,
> so any feedback would be greatly appreciated! :)
> Thanks in advance!
> Erich Vinson
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