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General Advice on Implementing School-tool in a rural school with limited internet access
I am very new to school tool and I am busy doing some research for a
family member who has just been appointed as a school principal in a
very rural area in South Africa's Eastern Cape. The school has about 400
learners and there is practically no computer information system in
place - class lists are done by hand, reports are done by hand etc.
The school is not very strong financially. They have come across school
tool and would like to know if it is a viable option for them to use
I live in Northern Ireland, so I cannot provide hands on help and I am
also not the greatest expert
I have some questions about school tool. I'm not sure if this is the
right forum to ask them, but I'll ask a few in case there are answers or
perhaps you could point me in the right direction.
I would like to send my family member a copy of the software necessary
to test school tool:
I think this will have to be:
An Ubuntu disk (I assume 10.04 would be the best version to
A virtualisation package for them to install Ubuntu on their
one Windows computer
A copy of a stable version of School tool, as well as any
dependencies that might have to be installed.
If I understand correctly the school only has a dial-up internet connection
So here are the questions: - and perhaps they are not the best questions
1. Is there anybody in South Africa that uses school tool that would be
prepared to share their experience with this school?
2. I don't suppose there is any organisation that would be prepared to
give professional advice to the school as they try to address some of
these basic needs.
Which virtualisation package would be best to test school tool with? I
have played with VirtualBox on my Ubuntu system. I guess that would be
4. Let's assume they get Ubuntu installed on a virtual machine and
they need to install school tool without access to the internet - what
packages should I try to put on the disk for them? (Assuming that they
have a basic version of Ubuntu 10.04 running) I was just on the IRC
channel and replaceafill has suggested that I use Apt-On-Cd to send the
files. I am just not sure which files would be essential to send.
There might be other important questions that I should be asking. I
probably know enough to be dangerous.
Any help would be appreciated.