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School information management for teachers

Intervenant(s) : T.B. Dinesh
Langue : English Niveau : Débutant Type d'événement : Conférence
Date : Mercredi 7 juillet 2010 Horaire : 09h20 Durée : 40 minutes
Lieu : LaBRI - Amphi 050
Thèmes transversaux : En anglais


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School Information management often involves various modules that need to be configured for every school. Even in large IT savvy schools, the teachers are dependent on the IT department to help develop these modules to be able to do Admission Application Process Management, Library Needs, Student Information management, Scheduling Teachers to Classes, etc.

While working with a teachers in a reasonably large school, it was observed that teachers at schools get pro-active if the bottle-neck of depending on their computer support department, to help with developing these modules, is minimized. The aim of this project is that of developing software that helps in providing the teachers the capacity to configure their modules for these needs.

The objective of this project now is to involve teachers in managing the software by which different forms of information in the school are managed and communicated. It is also motivated by the ambition to reduce teachers’s dependency on software professionals and companies for developing an information management system. This case helps us to analyze how particular communities, in this case teachers, are participating to define and construct the (open source) technology, and how the technology and the processes of participation evolve at larger scales as the software is implemented in more schools.

We will also visit some of the interactions and indicate the nature of work that we now consider is school information management.


T B Dinesh, has a Ph D in Computer Science from University of Iowa and has a worked at CWI, The Netherlands and in the USA doing research in areas of programming languages, programming environment generation, partial evaluation and visual programming environments. Since 2000, he has been working with Servelots, a company, and Janastu, an NGO, in Bangalore India, developing and researching open source platforms for community information management needs. He has also been working with Prof. Venkatesh in developing CS courses that can potentially make the courses accessible to independent learning spaces, possibly outside an university stipulated admission restricted context.