EducationAppBundles

Summary

Education Application Bundles

Provide a way for the user to select a bundle of Education Applications which are appropriate for a particular education level:

  • by school level option
  • by age option

The requirement is in effect a simple way to do a "bulk selection of apps" for "bulk" installation from the application list available from the repository(ies)

Release Note

This section should include a paragraph describing the end-user impact of this change. It is meant to be included in the release notes of the first release in which it is implemented. (Not all of these will actually be included in the release notes, at the release manager's discretion; but writing them is a useful exercise.)

It is mandatory.

Rationale

Currently, the available education applications are not categorised or described in such a way that is is simple for the average:

  • teacher
  • school network admin
  • home user student
  • home user parent

to identify which applications are applicable / suitable for their requirements.

It would be useful to have the bundle selection available:

  1. in Add/Remove as selections under {Education category

  2. Included as an install option when using the Ubuntu Education CD

Use Cases

1. Mr Jones : Parent

Mr Jones has installed Ubuntu on his home PC. He has a daughter who is 10 years old and attends school in Grade 4. He is aware of that the Applications menu has an Education category and decides to open ApplicationsAdd/Remove ... to find and install more education applications. Inside Add/Remove ...  he selects the Education category and finds 4 bundle options at the top of the list:

  • Pre-School Bundle
  • Primary Bundle
  • Secondary Bundle
  • Tertiary Bundle

He then:

  1. highlights Primary Bundle and reads the description, and finds that this best fits his daughter's profile.

  2. selects the Primary Bundle checkbox

  3. sees Primary Bundle (community-supported as he has "All available applications" selected and finds more suitable applications.

  4. selects the Primary Bundle checkbox

  5. clicks Apply changes

  6. is presented with a list of applications that are about to be installed as per his bundle selection.

2. Ms Smith : Teacher

Ms Smith has Ubuntu installed on her school PCs. The school covers Grades 1-10. She is aware of that the Applications menu has an Education category and decides to open ApplicationsAdd/Remove ... to find and install more education applications. Inside Add/Remove ...  Se selects the Education category and finds 4 bundle options at the top of the list:

  • Pre-School Bundle
  • Primary Bundle
  • Secondary Bundle
  • Tertiary Bundle

She then:

  1. highlights Primary Bundle and reads the description, and finds that this partially fits the school profile.

  2. selects the Primary Bundle checkbox

  3. highlights Seconday Bundle and reads the description, and finds that this also partially fits the school profile.

  4. selects the Seconday Bundle checkbox

  5. clicks Apply changes

  6. is presented with a list of applications that are about to be installed as per his bundle selection.
  • Note that there will be overlap of applications across Primary & Secondary

  • Note that there may be applications in a bundle that are already previously installed

Assumptions

Design

The following 8 bundle options are proposed:

  • Pre-School
  • Pre-School (community-supported)
  • Primary
  • Primary (community-supported)
  • Secondary
  • Secondary (community-supported)
  • Tertiary
  • Tertiary (community-supported)

The user would be able to choose one or more of these options, and this would select all the apps that match the level(s).

See attachment for categorisation of applications Ubuntu-Edu-Apps-education-&-games.ods

Requires a review of:

  1. Any new Education applications for Jaunty
  2. Any removed Education applications for Jaunty
  3. A second eye to go over the School Classification levels to confirm 1st pass by RichEd

  4. A quality check to gauge which applications should be included or excluded

The current Edubuntu metapackage/seed structure will change as follows:

  • edubuntu-addon-meta, along with the addon-kde, addon-legacy, addon-science, addon-young seeds we be deprecated and removed.
  • ubuntu-edu-meta source package will be created in Main for Canonical-supported bundles: ubuntu-edu-preschool, ubuntu-edu-primary, ubuntu-edu-secondary, ubuntu-edu-tertiary

  • edubuntu-bundles source package will be created in Universe for community-supported bundles: edubuntu-preschool, edubuntu-primary, edubuntu-secondary, and edubuntu-tertiary

  • the edubuntu-desktop will depend on ubuntu-edu-* + additional misc. packages for a "full" educational desktop

Implementation

UI Changes

In the Education category of the Add/Remove window:

  1. 8 new options available for selection
    1. Pre-School

    2. Pre-School (community-supported)

    3. Primary

    4. Primary (community-supported)

    5. Secondary

    6. Secondary (community-supported)

    7. Tertiary

    8. Tertiary (community-supported)

  2. The community-supported bundles will not appear if "Canonical-maintained applications" is selected. The community-supported bundles will be in the Universe repo.
  3. bundle options should appear at the top of the list
    • requires a new general description against all 4

      1. what the concept of a bundle is
      2. what a bundle selection will offer the user
    • requires a new specific description for each of the 4

      1. what user school level this specific bundle is aimed at
      2. what user age level this specific bundle is aimed at
    • note that school classification varies across countries ... needs to be general

Code Changes

Mvo is to make changes to gnome-app-install to make the bundles appear at the top of the Education menu. LaserJock and Edubuntu team are to create metapackages for the bundles including proper .desktop files for gnome-app-install.

Migration

  • data migration

    • assumption is none

    • get consensus
  • redirects from old URLs to new ones

    • assumption is none

    • get consensus
  • how users will be pointed to the new way of doing things

Test/Demo Plan

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This need not be added or completed until the specification is nearing beta.

Unresolved issues

This should highlight any issues that should be addressed in further specifications, and not problems with the specification itself; since any specification with problems cannot be approved.


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Specs/UbuntuJaunty/EducationAppBundles (last edited 2009-01-09 18:10:10 by laserjock)