Teacher Sherilyn is the Project Lead Teacher of Innovation Grant 2013 entitled “Multi-group interaction and learning platform for kids: A supplemental teaching-learning tool to meet the learning needs of young children in the 21st century, delivering new teaching capabilities”. She works on the project proposal, implementation of the use of multi-group learning platform and assessing the efficacy of its use in the centre.
Edubuntu was introduced to Teacher Sherilyn in 2012 by Daniel Blueman, an avid advocate of open source software. Having seen how engaged the children were while learning, Teacher Sherilyn became enthusiastic in incorporating the use of Edubuntu in her lessons. She used this open source software to reinforce and assess children’s learning.
After doing this project, I have seen how the children’s attitude towards learning has been changed. They become more motivated and engaged. This project also made me become a staunch advocate of Edubuntu! Edubuntu is open source software with various educational packages. Here are the reasons why the Edubuntu is beneficial in early childhood education:
- It gives children opportunity to interact and develop with technology in a fun and engaging way.
- It has educational applications that are used by the children to develop holistically at their own pace.
- It will reduce the budget of the centre as Edubuntu is open source software wherein the educational applications are free of cost. Also, software or operating system updates are free of charge.
- The use of Edubuntu will reduce educational gap. Commercial software is costly; Edubuntu is cost free. That means, Edubuntu can be used by everybody.