[kde-edu]: Interesting project: iTALC

Ben Crawford crawford_ben at yahoo.ca
Thu Aug 2 21:31:40 CEST 2007

This software looks very interesting.  I have convinced my school to add it to the list of monitoring programs to test before we decide on which solution we pick.

We are currently a windows network, but I have been pushing a Windows/Linux dual boot and one of the issues that came up was monitoring students who may be in different operating systems.

It will be a few weeks before we start testing.  I will post our experiences with this software after we put it through its paces.


----- Original Message ----
From: Don Balentine <dbalentine at ewsc.k12.in.us>
To: kde-edu at kde.org
Sent: Friday, August 3, 2007 5:31:29 AM
Subject: Re: [kde-edu]: Interesting project: iTALC

I'm more than happy to share my experiences with it. About two years ago the state of Indiana started a project call ACCESS.  The basis of the project was to provide 1 computer per student in each classroom.  The school I work for setup five classrooms of 30 machines each.  Each workstation runs linux with KDE.  

I only mention the project because after I stumbled across iTALC I began spreading the word across the state.  Now atleast 10 schools use the software and many more are looking to add it.  Our teachers now insist on having it.  With 30 computers in a regular classroom, management is a huge part of the classroom.  iTALC allows the teacher to lock the workstations as well as monitor the students activity during the class period.

If there is any specific information you would like to know, feel free to ask.  I can also speak with some teachers and see if they will write a bit about their experiences with iTALC.  Hope that helps.

>>> <jos at mijnkamer.nl> 8/2/2007 12:08 pm >>>
Now THAT's more interesting. We want testemonies, as many as we can ;-)

So any more information you can give would be great!

On 8/1/07, Don Balentine <dbalentine at ewsc.k12.in.us> wrote:
> >>> Jeremy Whiting <jeremy at scitools.com> 8/1/2007 12:36 pm >>>
> On Wednesday 01 August 2007 10:29:59 am Jos Poortvliet wrote:
> > On 8/1/07, Josef Spillner <spillner at kde.org> wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > I just stumbled over the following Qt4-based project while reading some
> > > news
> > > on pro-linux.de:
> > > iTALC - Intelligent Teaching And Learning with Computers
> > > http://italc.sourceforge.net/ 
> >
> > Hmmm, I had to look a long time to find ANY reference to linux. This might
> > not be the best project to advertise KDE with, it doesn't use nor depend
> on
> > KDE, and does only mention it when talking about KDM configuration...
> >
> > It's in active use in a school in Saxony according to the author.
> >
> > > I suggest having a page on edu.kde.org which lists such tools and also
> > > lists
> > > edu distros.
> >
> > That's a good idea. Imho, each KDE project should have a wiki... Techbase
> > is... technical. This stuff belongs as close to the projects as possible.
> >
> > Josef
> >
> >It is Qt 4 based... so the linux client is close to being a kde app ;)
> > http://italc.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php?title=Requirements 
> >
> > Jeremy
> I've been running iTALC for about 2 years.  We run both the master and
> client under KDE.  I know it runs under other desktops as well.  It's a
> great tool for schools to use.
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