Free software with youth and education

Welcome to our initiative “schul-frei“! We are very excited for the interest in our topics, which concern both digitalisation and modern pedagogics:

The project

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News and announcements

Realschule Boltenheide is the first FOSS pilot school

Nov. 14, 2018 · Dominik George

With a week full of training for teachers and students, the Realschule Boltenheide in Wuppertal finalised the first phase into a complete switch to free and open source software in all areas of the school. This first phase included the installation of Skolelinux (Debian Edu) in the pedagogic network of the school.

FOSS contributions 2017

Jan. 6, 2018 · Dominik George

Teckids e.V. has contributed to various free software projects in 2017, by submitting bug reports and feature requests as well as contributing code and collaborating in other ways. In this post, we report in which projects we took part.

Children and adolescents

Children and adolescents use digital devices operating with software every day and starting from a decreasing age. The manifold usage possibilities reach from entertainment and games past learning up to daily communications.

Often, the offers and services that spread among peer groups, but also in school, are not free (as in speech) and restrict the rights of their users - sometimes, they are even used illegally, e.g. if the terms of use ban children below a certain age for reasons of included anti-privacy terms, or if the law implies such limitations.

We want children and adolescents to find attractive, free and safe alternatives in their digital world and want to help them like them - therefore, we collaborate with software projects, bring parents, children and developers together and raise awareness for the use of free software and services in young age groups.

School and education

In schools and other places, there is a clash of different worlds: Children, adolescents and their native use of digital applications, teachers of very different knowledge levels and ideals as well as ideas of legislation and legal commitees, who want to define the canonical set of digital education with more or less success.

In public schools, this is even more influenced by lobbyism from corporations, who want to palce their products into the educational worlds with great artifice. Thus, there is a lively imagination of some products being some kind of an “industrial standard“, dictating the use of certain products in schools, as a best effort to prepare students for later professional life.

Instead. we want schools and teachers to base their work on teaching diverse and profound competences needed for a diverse landscape of software and services.