GCompris is a wonderfull software for schools.
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I run an ICT training facility for Kids & Adults in Pretoria, South Africa and GCompris as added great value on top of our E-Learner/C4K curriculum.
The software is great, teachers always ask for more apps. They find it really usefull!
Keep up the great work guys, certainly helps us to promote the use of open source software
Students at Saint Mary’s University - Elementary Department in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines is learning how to use computers by playing around with GCompris.
I’m a developer, a FOSS advocate, and father of a pre-school student enrolled in that school and I was happy when I learned that the school is using GCompris — which I was using to teach my kid when she was just 2 years old.
school website: elem (dot) smu (dot) edu (dot) ph
Many thanks for these programs which we, as an NPO in KwaZulu Natal South Africa, are using where we install computer equipment in disadvantaged Junior Primary schools in the rural districts.
The introduction of these programs has given the children a great deal of excitement with the result that the teachers tell us that the lessons in class are more exciting because the children relate the lessons with those on the computer and many time there is a lot of discussion etc about how the children "work" on the "commputa" The teachers now request that they too should come for the lessons because they feel the kids are racing ahead with technology of which they, the teachers, have no clue.
Once again many thanks.
from the CEO of KwaZulu Natal Center for Development and Support of Vulnerable Children and Orphans
Estamos usando este programa en una Asociación de niños Down en Marruecos. Gracias por tu trabajo.
César A. Director de Proyectos de Informática.
My 8 year old daughter was playing around in some drawing program some weeks ago. If she don’t ask, I don’t interfere. But this time she gave up and asked "what is this?". After a short look it seems like an electric simulation tool of some kind. To my surprice - it was a sumlation tool. In Gcompris? Strange?
So we made some simulations and I explained how they worked. The screenshots can be found on the URL below. Feel free to use.
A few days ago I disassembled an electric torch and demonstrated that it was exactly the same as in Gcompris. She did not say much but was very interested and I could see that she was thinking about it. A real break through.
And yes, we use Gcompris in school. My children is in homeschool and Gcompris is a part of there education.
And we are looking forward to the next component: The capacitor ;-)
Actually my post is not using gcompris at one particular school, but at many
I and my wife have just set up an ict NGO in Ghana
we installed gcompris onto Zenwalk linux our distro of choice. At first we will be visiting schools to introduce linux and gcompris- its a great suite of educational software. later we hope to build our own complex. I have done a quick revenue of childrens software at the link below
I have two pre-school nurseries using Gcompris on Ubuntu 9.4 with Userful’s desktop multiplier. Each site has just the one computer yet two children can use the pc at the same time.
At The Shri Ram School, NCR, India, we have been using Edubuntu in our Computer Labs for the last 2 years. GCompris forms an integral part of the curriculum for the younger children who thoroughly enjoy using it and are hugely benefiting from this software.
Many thanks to all behind this project.
Our nursery uses GCompris as a supporting tool for educational activities across different age groups. Children really enjoy using it and teachers find it easier to use and explain.
GCompris is a clear example of how often open source software exceeds commercial offerings - Thank you!
The Susquehanna Valley Christian School is now using GCompris as their main computer learning skills for the Preschool (3-5 yr olds) kids. Thank you Bruno for the great work you are producing for our future generations to come.
SVCS Preschool Staff and Parents, Selinsgrove, PA
Our school is a Pre-K - 5 parochial institution. When introducing our 5-year old students to computers, we use this outstanding tool to teach the basics of operating a mouse. It’s just what we were looking for. Simple, fun, stimulates their interest and keeps them focused.
R. Barnes IT Coordinator
Kia orana from the Cook Islands.
many of the Schools are using this excellent program and are asking for more programs to load on to the server for students to access
Investigator College Christian School - Victor Harbor Australia. I am a volunteer at the school and have installed GCompris on 1 computer in a class that has a number of children requiring extra help with many basic numeracy and literacy problems.
It is very early days but I already have had huge encouragement from the staff at the school.
I would love to see a Data Base of all programs that are currently available for GCompris with a brief outline of what the program does and what type of student it could benefit. (I am thinking special needs mainly). e.g. Mouse skills program - brilliant for teaching children who have severe problems physically moving the mouse around (e.g. Cerebral Palsy child).
I would be will to start compiling such a data base but am not sure where would be the best/most appropriate place to put it - any ideas please.
Ridgecrest Charter School
GCompris is a benefit to schools with minimum funding. It gives a wonderful tool for teaching younger children basic tech and educational learning skills. Anyone who has investigated other software will know that other programs are large investments. This program invest in the children rather than software distributors.
GCompris is a software tool of the "Education National Project" focused in increasing and maximizing the computer skills in our childrens from 4 to 10 years old.
This National Project has beed developed to get a competitive country about industry and technology.
Our program is using all the benefits of an well designed "Open Source" software strategy . This strategy aims to train all of our childres and make them possibles to desing their owns software solutions about what they want to be (career); this "all that they want to do" is about industry process as aeronautic, automotive, shipping, agricultural technification....
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED HELPING THIS PROJECT, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many Thantks to all...
Thanks to community donations of old hardware and volunteers who refurbish them, GCompris now run on a variety of computers placed with disadvantaged families via our local community center www.kroccenter.org here in San Diego, CA. We’ve also placed GCompris-enabled computers with some local pediatric clinics like www.fhcsd.org and have donated a few stations to some local elementary schools as well. Kids who have never used a computer before "get right to it" when working with GCompris—it’s really the only program they need to get started. My only complaint is that GCompris is a very difficult and esoteric name. Like most open source / Linux software, I think GCompris would benefit from a new, easier to remember, simpler, and more meaningful name.
Scott Bass / San Diego, CA
Ressu Comprehensive School in Helsinki, Finland is using GCompris on the 1st grade. We use Edubuntu and I really like GCompris, even though it is not the latest version.
Mr Lewman Grade 1 teacher
In my email I want to describe a little our use of GCompris for rehabilitation purposes in a neurological hospital. I am working as psychologist in a neurological clinic in Eastern Austria. Our daily work is the diagnosis and the therapy of mental (cognitive) abilities of patients with illness affecting the brain. Patients with neurological brain lesions or pathologies attaining the brain need special therapy and training to preserve their cognitive faculties. Often these patients develop deficits in attention and / or memory abilities and other problems. Depending of the location of the brain lesion the patients sometimes show difficulties in verbal abilities like reading and writing (spelling) or also calculations but also in nonverbal abilities like perception of forms, construction abilities and so on. Neuropsychological testing should diagnose these difficulties and help to conceive the training. Many patients with neurological complaints are of advanced age. Often they have little or no experience with computers. Therefore the mouse training of GCompris is a good starting point for computer aided cognitive training. In this way they learn that the access to the training is very easy. I personally don’t know any other mouse training as attractive and appealing as the one in gcompris. In most cases the word "computer" evokes the fear that the material will be too complex. As we have a big trackball as second input device (beside an ordinary computer mouse) the demands on any faculties of the patients can be set very low. The intrinsic motivation of this easily achievable success is very important in the rehabilitation process. In this way patients often develop the plan to continue the training at home which is an important aim for the therapist, too. For cognitive rehabilitation this is probably more important than the actual training effect during the stationary time in the hospital due to too few therapeutic sessions possible in daily clinical routine. As GCompris is available for the windows platform it is not a problem to get it for any computer at home, too. Relatives can help the patient to aquire the software and prepare their own computers for it. Up to now I have very good experience with the money calculation game for patients with Dyscalculia. In this way there is a training of practical needs near to their actual daily activity requirements. The same is valid for the training of reading and adjusting the clock. One of my patients continued this training at home for many month. We also use the card memory board game and the train memory game as attractive memory training for partially the verbal and the nonverbal modality. Sometimes Word spelling activities are very useful too for dysphasic patients who have problems to speak / read / write. I am very looking forward to the acoustic memory tasks of the future versions of gcompris. Neuropsychological training usually concentrates very much on the visual sense. There is a gap to other therapeutical directions of verbal and hearing faculties. An acoustic memory game could be a ground breaking inspiration for other forms of training in Neuropsychology. I hope to see it soon in gentoo portage for our training computer. Maybe more of my professional colleagues will be interested in this use of GCompris in the future. It would be for the benefit of many people. I cannot thank you enough for this great work. Your product actually has helped many people I have seen.
best regards Markus Klein
The software is great, teachers always ask for more apps. They find it really usefull!
Keep up the great work guys, certainly helps us to promote the use of open source software in South African schools.