TAG | application
In addition to my earlier post.
Some footage taken during the spatial ability tests in Campinas, Brazil has now been compiled to a nice video, covering our activities at the Padre Emilio Miotti School
After conducting spatial ability tests and introducing the Geo-Activity to the Padre Emilio Miotti School (earlier post), the interest of the teachers in using that activity was so high that we returned to that school to use the activity with more children (without the spatial ability tests this time, just for fun). You can find some impressions of the day below.
Furthermore, the activity will be introduced to all teachers and the whole school through a workshop in the end of June this year. It will so become part of the ongoing cooperation between NIED and this school. I have already prepared materials that will be used to teach the teachers and staff (in Portuguese). I will publish them here, as soon as i correct some errors as well as translated them back to English. So stay tuned.
After holding the workshop in Sao Jose dos Campos, the team from the Institute for Geoinformatics, Münster headed to Campinas to perform a series of tests on spatial ability of children at the school “Padre Emilio Miotti” in Campinas. These tests and activities were made in cooperation and with the support of the NIED, an institute of UNICAMP. We would like them to thank them for help and support.
The tests conducted there followed the same pattern as the tests performed in Kigali, Rwanda last year and at St. Mauritz school in Muenster. First a pre-test to assess the spatial abilities was performed by the children, then they used the Geo-Activity (developed by Henning) on OLPC´s XO laptops. The main goal of this activity is to foster the spatial learning of kids. This was then verified by a second round of post-tests with the kids. The results of this testing will be incorporated into Thomas Ph.D. Thesis.
The activity is now deployed onto a significant number of XO-laptops at this school, and at the end of June, Philippe Rieffel will participate in an event to teach the teachers how to use this software in the future. To ensure the future use and to thank the school and NIED for their support, the GL@PS left 6 GPS-receivers at the school, which are necessary to use the software, since the XO 1.5 does not have a build in GPS chip.
Philippe will stay with NIED for some more time to work on the software deployment as well as to do research for his upcoming Master´s Thesis (more on this will be posted soon).
Some Impressions from the work at school:
The study project ArcGIS Server – Client/Server Setup and Development for Geospatial Learning (introduced here) finished with some nice developments and results. The groups developed different applications and conducted usabillity-testing at a school in Muenster. The results of these tests were incorporated into the applications.The individual applications were developed as lightweight web based applications and were based on different frameworks. Topics that were covered by the developed applications were:
If you are interested in the individual implementations of the projects, get in touch with us, we will put you in contact with the authors.
The magazin Arc Aktuell by esri will also feature this study project in their upcoming issue.
The new issue has just been released, more on this here.
After playing around with the XO, Sugar and python I have managed to embed html into the application. Have a look at the first raw snapshots:
These pictures were captured within the sugar emulator coming with Debian Linux Lenny. I’ll test it on an XO soon, to see, how it performs there.
Sure, many functionality is still missing, but this will be a step-by-step process. First the basics, other tools and modules will follow iteratively. I appreciate any comments and ideas. Feel free to comment .
I know that the XOs don’t necessarily have internet connections in rural areas. This is only a play-around, but most probably will become part of the geospace framework API. Besides that some offline raster georeferencing tools will also become part of the API.