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SchoolNet Uganda. www.schoolnet.sc.ug By Charles Musisi & Baker Ntambi AfNOG2001 – 12 th May 2001 Accra, Ghana. History. Started in 1996 as School-to School Initiative 1997 re named -- World Links for Development – WorLD, and now: SchoolNet - Uganda. 3 Themes.

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schoolnet uganda

SchoolNet Uganda

www.schoolnet.sc.ug

By Charles Musisi & Baker Ntambi

AfNOG2001 – 12th May 2001 Accra, Ghana

history
History
  • Started in 1996 as School-to School Initiative

1997 re named -- World Links for Development – WorLD, and now:

SchoolNet - Uganda

3 themes
3 Themes
  • Computer Labs & Connectivity
  • Training & Ongoing Support
  • Pedagogical Issues & Telecollaboration
computer labs
Computer labs
  • Typically: 10 PCs
  • Networked – CAT5 & Hub
  • Stable power
  • Productivity software
  • Internet Access
connectivity hf radio
Connectivity: HF Radio
  • HF Radio – 2400 baud
  • - E-mail only
  • - choice of last resort
  • - initial capital investment very high
  • - has no recurrent costs
connectivity gsm dial up
Connectivity: GSM Dial-up
  • GSM – 9600 baud
  • - E-mail & limited surfing
  • - Stable, though expensive
  • - Only possible where GSM Network exists
connectivity dial up land lines
Connectivity: Dial-up Land lines

Dial-up over Land lines

  • - E-mail & Internet access
  • - Not cost effective as number grows
  • - Service congested and at times poor
connectivity ism 2 4 ghz
Connectivity: ISM 2.4 Ghz

- Offers unmetered access

  • - serves large community fairly well
  • - band getting congested
  • - for full benefits, requires some skills to properly configure servers, system admin tasks etc..
connectivity vsat
Connectivity: VSat
  • - Covers a large foot print
  • - Together with ISM 2.4Ghz provides access to a large community of schools
  • - High capital costs
  • - High recurrent costs
training ongoing support
Training & Ongoing Support
  • Workshops
  • Site visits
  • Mailing lists
  • Internet chat
  • Peer support by students
training
Training
  • System Admin tasks
  • - Linux/FreeBSD(?) installation
  • - System maintenance – fsck
  • - Simple database systems with MySQL
  • - Managing the Apache Webserver
training web design
Training: Web design
  • Introduction to HTML
  • Managing own web site
training professional development
Training: Professional development

- Introduction to Internet and Teacher learning

- Introduction to Telecollaboration learning and projects

- Curriculum and technology Integration

- Diffusion of ICT Innovations

- Planning for School based Telecentres

pedagogical issues
Pedagogical Issues
  • New School Computer Curriculum
number of schools
Number of Schools
  • Started with 3 Schools in 1996
  • Expanded to 10 in 1997
  • 30 1999-2000
  • Present: 50 Schools connected to the Internet, student & staff use e-mail
  • Most Schools have own school domain, server communities of upto 1000 at most sites
expansion to 100 sites
Expansion to 100 sites
  • - 70 sites, 11 Vsat sites
  • - Equipped with 10 PCs
  • LAN
  • Each Vsat School is expected to serve 10 others
  • - New and old sites to become Community Telecentres
expectations
Expectations
  • 50000 Student & Staff by first quarter of 2002
  • Will connecting to Upcoming IxP
other relevant issues
Other relevant Issues
  • Main University now has a wireless backbone, soon will have a fibre ring
  • Uganda has ~ 10 ISPs each with own Internet Gateway
  • Total bandwidth ~ 6MB
  • Internet Exchange will soon be setup
others issues
Others Issues
  • Estimated user base ~ 40,000
  • ~ 7000 dial-up
  • ~ 20,0000 – Internet Cafes, Secondary & Primary Schools and growing
  • ~ 10,000 University users. Will soon be over 25,000
  • ~ other access
acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • Several Private sector players:
  • - CelTel Cellular, Uganda OnLine, Starcom, PanWorld Inssurance
  • Donors: The WoLD Bank, IDRC, British Council, Government of Uganda,
  • NSRC – Steve & Randy
that s it
That’s It!
  • Any Questions?
  • Thank you