So.Di.Linux is a collection of CD/DVD LIVE* containing Open Source educational software developed for Linux by hundreds of programmers around the world.
So.Di.Linux is the result of a collaboration between ITD/CNR and AICA-Associazione Italiana Calcolo Automatico . Since 2003 this research activity has focused on the design, development and diffusion of a series of Open Source educational tools in Italian schools (a collection of 3 CD-ROM and 1 DVD).
Through a check of previous works and in the light of 2006 experiences in the field of educational software accessibility, during 2007 the team devised and developed a step further DVD called “So.Di.Linux for all” to support inclusive education.
Thanks to an agreement between ITD/CNR, AICA and “Cooperativa Chiossone”, in 2008 “ZoomLinux” DVD was released in the form of a collection of 35 educational programs in a database to be used by low-vision students. This DVD meets the needs for Open Source tools and resources for low-visions students to support their inclusion in schools.
In 2009 So.Di.Linux 6x3 DVD was released. This special edition contains software programmes for three school levels, i.e. nursery school, primary school, secondary school and it meets a specific need of teachers. It makes available a rich documentation (manuals, tutorials, examples…) concerning most of the proposed software packages.
All products can be downloaded for free from the So.Di.linux project site.
AICA (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
* The system is executed when starting the computer through a CD/DVD. It supplies a complete platform to manage the computer (office automation, email, programs for application development, accessibility functions, laboratory management programs, games, etc..). This environment is completele autonomous and bypasses the HD system.
** An open source educational software makes available its “source codes” which make it modifiable by those will to and being able to do so. It’s an innovative opportunity for teachers wishing to use ICT in a functional and personalized way.