Tag Archives: libreoffice

Word processing 2

Word processing 2

Questo test mostra domande per esercitarsi all’esame ECDL, modulo 3 (videoscrittura) nella versione con software libero (LibreOffice Writer 3.5.2 in ambiente Ubuntu 12.04).

You must specify a text.
Share

Word processing 1

Word processing 1

Questo test mostra domande per esercitarsi all’esame ECDL, modulo 3 (videoscrittura) nella versione con software libero (LibreOffice Writer 3.5.2 in ambiente Ubuntu 12.04).

You must specify a text.
Share

Ecdl

I’m available to deliver ECDL training courses for teachers, administrative staff and students, in different modes, that is:

  • Certification by proprietary software, if it was there, in the school computers, both in the Basic Version (Modules 1 to 4), and the Full Standard Version (4 basic modules + 3 optional)
  • Certification by free software (basic and full standard). In case the school hadn’t got the proper software, I will install and configurate it.

You may download the handouts I prepared for the New Free Software Ecdl certificate and practice with the test I designed, as well.

Share

New Ecdl handouts

These handouts concern some modules of the New Ecdl, and are based on the free software version (Ubuntu 12.04, LibreOffice 3.5.2, Mozilla Firefox e Thunderbird).

01-computer-essentials
Title: 01-computer-essentials (22013 clicks)
Caption:
Filename: 1-computer-essentials.pdf
Size: 3 MB
02-online-essentials
Title: 02-online-essentials (13316 clicks)
Caption:
Filename: 2-online-essentials.pdf
Size: 3 MB
03-word-processing
Title: 03-word-processing (11117 clicks)
Caption:
Filename: 3-word-processing.pdf
Size: 3 MB
04-spreadsheets
Title: 04-spreadsheets (8892 clicks)
Caption:
Filename: 4-spreadsheets.pdf
Size: 2 MB
05-using-databases
Title: 05-using-databases (6230 clicks)
Caption:
Filename: 5-using-databases.pdf
Size: 2 MB
06-presentation
Title: 06-presentation (7363 clicks)
Caption:
Filename: 6-presentation.pdf
Size: 3 MB
07-online-collaboration
Title: 07-online-collaboration (9304 clicks)
Caption:
Filename: 7-online-collaboration.pdf
Size: 2 MB
12-it-security
Title: 12-it-security (12060 clicks)
Caption:
Filename: 12-it-security.pdf
Size: 1 MB

Share

Ecdl

I had also taught computer science  to middle school students (11-14 years old) for many years, to prepare them for the ECDL exams.

Some years ago, in 2009, I became aware of some problems with different versions of Windows OS and the productivity suite MS Office: students were not able to practice at home because they didn’t have the same version of the software as the one used at school and, they frequently installed it on their own computers, without a regular license.

Therefore, since I am convinced that school should teach legality first, and having been myself a user and a supporter of the free software for years, I decided to offer my students an ECDL course based on it.

I wrote some handouts, that you can find in this website, I installed Ubuntu 8.10 (dual boot) in my school laboratory computers, and I successfully faced this challenge.

However, from the very beginning, I became aware of some problems:

  • We could use both, Gnome and KDE, for Module 2 on Operative Systems, but only KDE for the other modules;
  • software installation was difficult to repeat because it used a short-term version of Ubuntu, and a non standard version of OpenOffice.org, that was not directly available in the Ubuntu 8.10 repositories.

Therefore, in 2011 I suggested to a friend, who was then working for Aica (the Italian authority for ECDL), reviewing and updating the software that was subject to the exams. I was surprised by Aica positive reply to my request and, on the introduction of the New Ecdl, I was proposed to take part in the design and testing of the version that would become the present one, based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS together with LibreOffice v. 3.5.2..

So, I wrote new handouts, updated the software at school and tested the new version with three groups of students (7th and 8th grade), with great success and satisfaction on my and the students’ part. In fact, apart from passing the exams with excellent marks, they also started appreciating free softwares.

Actually, my handouts today are published in Italian only (if someone wants to translate them, please, let me know and contact me), under CC license,  therefore everybody can freely use them.

Share