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  • Edward Cherlin
    Please take a look at http://booki.flossmanuals.net/ a site for collaborative authoring and publishing of manuals for Open Source software. Sugar Labs has set
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2011
      Please take a look at


      a site for collaborative authoring and publishing of manuals for Open
      Source software. Sugar Labs has set up another trial instance of the
      same booki software for OER development. I am arranging for some
      further administrative changes so that we can begin to use it, and
      will then invite various interested persons and groups to try it out
      and to discuss what we might be able to do by combining this with
      Sugar and other education software.

      If you would like to work on some educational materials on such a site,
      please create an account at


      and take a look around. As soon as we get the license menu set up, we
      will be able to start experimenting with creating materials.

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin@...>
      Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 14:40
      Subject: New booki for replacing textbooks with OER
      To: FM Discuss <discuss@...>

      A number of factors have recently come together to support a
      full-scale attack on the global education problem (and the poverty and
      related ills that education can largely cure), not least among them
      booki. Sugar Labs has set up a new trial booki instance for our
      Replace Textbooks project, at


      We have some admin tasks to be completed before we can create books
      there, and I will need help learning to be the admin.

      I expect the production version to be hosted at sugarlabs.org. The
      outline of the project is at

      OER Economics for a billion children

      It is based on the fact that computers + OERs now cost much less than
      printed textbooks, except in those countries that can't afford decent
      textbooks to begin with.

      Our first projects will be based on Don Cohen's Calculus by and for
      Young People, and Caleb Gattegno's language and math teaching methods.
      We would like to cover every topic for every course for every age,
      preschool through high school, for students and teachers, and let
      teachers and education authorities remix them as needed. Maybe for
      parents and ministries of education, too.

      Our next technical problem will be integrating our OERs with Sugar
      education software. There are several possible approaches that I
      intend to discuss with those who may be able to help realize them.

      Accomplishing all of this will depend on recruiting a lot of
      volunteers, and perhaps attracting some funding. Let me know if you
      are interested.

      I have begin to outline a textbook on economics for OER instructional
      designers, following a suggestion by Maria Droujkova on the
      MathFutures list. The idea is to tell the truth about the limitations
      of conventional economics, and to explore the economics of Free
      Software and OERs for a billion children at a time, as in my
      UNESCO/WSIS post.

      Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
      Silent Thunder is my name, and Children are my nation.
      The Cosmos is my dwelling place, the Truth my destination.
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