We are surprised that GELC
has brought this claim against PTC and believe GELC
's claims are without merit.
At WSIS, the GELC announced partnerships with the Curriculum Corporation and the South African-based Shuttleworth Foundation to test the viability of open-source eLearning content that was originally developed by the Curriculum Corporation in Australia for use in the South African school system.
When we first spoke to the GELC and described our efforts to support South African schools with technology but that we lacked content, it was like a gift from heaven," said Helen King, International Alliance Manager of the Shuttleworth Foundation.
Schools identified by the Shuttleworth Foundation are using and evaluating the GELC content to validate that it can be accessed easily via the Internet, includes clear instructions for the teachers, is appropriate and relevant for the targeted age groups, and is packaged with objective testing materials.
We are actively contributing to the education community through the GELC and in coordination with the Shuttleworth Foundation to help improve learning environments for students around the world.
The GELC provides an online portal for teachers to share resources and knowledge that would otherwise go undiscovered, breaking new ground in free and open source computing and helping educators meet the needs of students by sharing best practices around the globe.
Sun started the GELC to drive knowledge sharing, and now we're giving it to the education community to continue the development of resources they need to improve the quality of education worldwide.
The GELC is a growing community for developers, teachers and Ministries of Education (MoE), who are collaborating on 324 projects.
Not only will the GELC operate as a non-profit, but it added significant national and international representation to its Industry and Education Advisory Committee.
The Community is already seeing the positive impact on education tools and techniques, and the GELC advisory board is meeting again this week to share ideas for continuing the momentum.
Tspell is just one example of how the GELC is functioning to improve technology that will help lead to better communication between international education and research facilities.
We've seen a tremendous amount of interest in the GELC since we convened the first advisory board meeting in September, and we expect the number of community members and education and learning projects to continue to grow at a rapid rate," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems.