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SchoolNet Uganda

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  1. SchoolNet Uganda www.schoolnet.sc.ug By Charles Musisi & Baker Ntambi AfNOG2001 – 12th May 2001 Accra, Ghana

  2. History • Started in 1996 as School-to School Initiative 1997 re named -- World Links for Development – WorLD, and now: SchoolNet - Uganda

  3. 3 Themes • Computer Labs & Connectivity • Training & Ongoing Support • Pedagogical Issues & Telecollaboration

  4. Computer labs • Typically: 10 PCs • Networked – CAT5 & Hub • Stable power • Productivity software • Internet Access

  5. Connectivity: HF Radio • HF Radio – 2400 baud • - E-mail only • - choice of last resort • - initial capital investment very high • - has no recurrent costs

  6. Connectivity: GSM Dial-up • GSM – 9600 baud • - E-mail & limited surfing • - Stable, though expensive • - Only possible where GSM Network exists

  7. 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

  8. 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..

  9. 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

  10. Training & Ongoing Support • Workshops • Site visits • Mailing lists • Internet chat • Peer support by students

  11. Training • System Admin tasks • - Linux/FreeBSD(?) installation • - System maintenance – fsck • - Simple database systems with MySQL • - Managing the Apache Webserver

  12. Training: Web design • Introduction to HTML • Managing own web site

  13. 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

  14. Pedagogical Issues • New School Computer Curriculum

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Expectations • 50000 Student & Staff by first quarter of 2002 • Will connecting to Upcoming IxP

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. That’s It! • Any Questions? • Thank you