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Teachers Using Linux to Augment the Youth

tu•lay - tul•y ('t•-'lI) - noun

1: a Filipino word for bridge - a: a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle b: a time, place, or means of connection or transition

2: Teachers Using Linux to Augment the Youth - a Bluepoint Foundation project that provides FREE Linux training for public high school teachers and teachers for the disabled who are able and willing to "echo" their knowledge to greater numbers of people.

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7th


Bluepoint Institute celebrates its 7th year this 2006. Join us!

TULAY
Teachers Using Linux to Augment the Youth
Batch 1: Free Linux and Open Source Training for Public High School Teachers
April 24-28, 2006

OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Bringing the Open Source Advantage to the Enterprise
The Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas Center
July 15, 2006

BLUEPOINT CHRISTMAS 2006
Christmas and Geek Party
Dasmarinas Village, Makati City
December 16, 2006
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Free Training for Public High School Teachers



TULAY: Free Linux & Open Source Training for Public High School Teachers


by Dominique Cimafranca and Vip Malixi


Bridging the Digital Divide

Endemic among developing nations is the Digital Divide, and in this the Philippines is no exception. Despite having a strong outsourcing industry, a middle class population that is familiar with consumer technology, and Internet penetration in urbanized areas, there is still a large gap of practical knowledge in Information Technology among the people who need it most: young people from lower-income families.

And these young people desperately need that capability to be able to fully participate in today's knowledge-based economy. At the very least, they should be able to work with computers for business communications; and optimistically, they should be creators of intellectual capital, whether artistic content by way of literature and the arts, or technical content by way of customized software that address their needs.


Bluepoint's Tulay Project

Bluepoint Foundation's Tulay Project seeks to bridge this gap in IT knowledge and experience by addressing it where it is needed the most: in the public high schools of the Philippines.

While many public high schools are frequently beneficiaries of computer donations, these usually take the form of hardware only. In the absence of a modern and relevant curriculum, public school teachers are frequently at a loss as to how to best utilitize their computers for their students and themselves. Even teachers with some prior computer background are hard pressed to upgrade their knowledge to address more contemporary needs.

Through the Tulay Project, Bluepoint will train teachers and school personnel on various free, Open Source productivity and development tools. Thus trained, these teachers and school personnel can then disseminate their knowledge to other teachers, school personnel, and most importantly, students, in what will be a wave of knowledge that will spread within their school system.

The Tulay Project will also help public school teachers develop an IT training curriculum that fits their objectives and capabilities. By means of reusable template material, IT education experts at Bluepoint will work hand in hand with the teachers to draw up a relevant and achievable program of IT education for their students.


Linux and Open Source

The Tulay Project makes extensive use of Linux and free and Open Source software in the training program. Bluepoint believes that this addresses two major issues:

First, using Open Source software such as Linux, Bluepoint will be able to provide free software that can run competently even in years-old, outmoded desktop computers. As long as they're still working, they can probably run a version of Linux.

Second, public schools can have a whole library of free software without resorting, whether consciously or unconsciously, to piracy. This same software can be made available to their students at no cost should these students acquire their own computers.

In the list of Free and Open Source Software that the teachers and students will learn are:

Linux - a free, graphical, and powerful multi-tasking operating system that is a strong alternative to the aging Microsoft Windows operating system.

OpenOffice.org - a free suite of office productivity tools, including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, and drawing application that is compatible with files from Microsoft Office.

Firefox - a free web browser that is superior to Internet Explorer and immune from viruses, trojans, and spyware.


Bridging Towards a Better Future

Properly armed with skills in IT, these young people can begin taking steps towards a better future. They gain confidence in themselves, they can see the opportunities open up before them, and they can participate in a global community that understands and respects them. In short, they can define their own identities and shape their own destinies.


Schedule

Beginning with a few public high schools in the Mandaluyong area and then expanding to other places in need, Bluepoint hopes that planting these seeds will eventually lead to positive effects far and wide.

Batch 1: April 24-28, 2006

Deadline for submission of application forms is on March 21, 2006. Contact Irene at 534-1077 or e-mail tulay@bluepoint.com.ph for details.
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Bluepoint Offers Free Linux Training to Public High Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dominique Cimafranca
Organization: Bluepoint Foundation
Telephone Number: 534-1077
Fax Number: 534-5873
Email Address: dominique_cimafranca@yahoo.com
Website: https://bluepoint.foundation/tulay


METRO MANILA - Bluepoint Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit education and development center focused on free and open source software, will offer free training on Linux and other open source applications to public high school teachers as part of its Tulay Project. The first batch of the program will run from April 24 to 28, 2006

According to Magie Antonio, Bluepoint's program director for Tulay, the training is geared towards equipping public school teachers with the skills to deliver relevant IT training, a component lacking in many school computerization projects. "While many public high schools are frequently beneficiaries of computer donations, these usually take the form of hardware only," said Antonio.

Through the Tulay Project, Bluepoint will train teachers and school personnel on various free, Open Source productivity and development tools. Thus trained, these teachers and school personnel can then disseminate their knowledge to other teachers, school personnel, and most importantly, students, in what will be a wave of knowledge that will spread within their school system.

Bluepoint will also help public school teachers develop an IT training curriculum that fits their objectives and capabilities. By means of reusable template material, IT education experts at Bluepoint will work hand in hand with the teachers to draw up a relevant and achievable program of IT education for their students.

The program makes extensive use of Linux and free and Open Source software. Covered in the training will be the use of Linux, OpenOffice.org, Firefox, and application development tools.

The Tulay Project is initially open to public high schools in the Mandaluyong area. Deadline for submission of application forms is on March 21, 2006. Interested participants may call Irene at 534-1077, e-mail tulay@bluepoint.com.ph, or visit bluepoint.com.ph/tulay for details.
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Tulay 1


Teachers Using Linux to Augment the Youth Batch 1: April 24-28, 2006 (MTThF, 10AM-5PM)


INSTRUCTORS

Michael Balcos
Anthony Co
Vip Malixi
Engels Antonio


DONORS

Chivas Sicam
Eddie Salonga


CREDITS

Magie Antonio (Project Director)
Irene Balaoing (Project Coordinator)
Dominique Cimafranca (Public Relations)


BENEFICIARIES

Andres Bonifacio Integrated School
Aileen Grace Rabasto
Evangeline Soleno

Bonifacio Javier National High School
Rene Modiquillo Jr.
Dorothy Grace Reyes

Department of Education Mandaluyong District Office
Jose Miguel Sandicho

Mataas Na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales
Jennis Articona
Julieta De Leon

Philippine Science High School
Jayson Bingcang
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Open for Business

Open Source software has not only become increasingly mainstream, it has also become a way for companies to gain strategic, competitive advantage over rival organizations.



Learn how to leverage the hottest Open Source technologies to help reduce costs, minimize vendor lock-in, and grow your business in this special Bluepoint 7th anniversary event.


While open to the general public, this event will be especially appealing to management - CIOs, CTOs, project managers and others in the decision-making chain - who need to understand the considerations behind business streamlining with Open Source technologies.


BENEFICIARIES

Proceeds will help fund the Teachers Using Linux to Augment the Youth (TULAY) project for the following beneficiaries:

TULAY Batch 1 Phase 2
Free Linux and Open Source Training of Public High School Teachers

TULAY Batch 2 Phase 1
Free Linux and Open Source Training of Teachers for the Disabled


PROGRAMME

Due to the indifference of Crowne Plaza Hotel management, the conference will instead be held at the Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas Center from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

Master of Ceremonies
Iya Yotoko
Digital Tour


Fondly called the Digital Diva, Iya Yotoko has been covering the tech scene for Digital Tour since it first aired in 2001. Her love for gadgets prods her to keep abreast of the latest trends in digital technology. You are most likely to see her enjoying her favorite music on her ever-present iPod Nano. Iya also works full-time as an events specialist.


Invocation
Sen. Jovito Salonga
Trustee Emeritus, Bluepoint Foundation


We thank You, O Lord, for the opportunity to come to You in this morning hour, believing that if we seek You and your Kingdom of righteousness, first and above all, other things will be added unto us.

You have created and made all things that are dear to us - even the work of our hands and our minds. But forbid it, Lord, that we should fall in love with things, that our roots become too firmly attached to this earth. Give us the courage and the wisdom to simplify our lives.

Forgive us for the pride and the presumption with which we manage our affairs, as though we do not need You, only to realize that when we feel exhausted and tired and helpless, we need You more than ever.

We in Bluepoint have been here for seven years. We pause today to consider what we have achieved from year to year - in terms of providing training, holding educational seminars in various colleges and universities, introducing Linux and Open Source training to schools, government institutions and the business sector.

We bring to You, the source of all goodness, power, and wisdom the memories of whatever we have done in Bluepoint. Teach us to be ever humble in Your presence. Help these relatively young people to know that serving others in the spirit of love is more important than all the things money can buy. Help us all, O God to live and not merely to exist, that we may have joy in our work. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who alone can give us hope and faith and love that lend meaning and purpose to our lives. Amen.


QoS, Computer Telephony and Asterisk
Mark Mayo
Instructor, Bluepoint Institute


Abstract
The talk will focus on the infrastructure required to produce toll quality voice for VoIP and similar services. Particular attention will be given to QoS requirements and its corresponding implementation. Signalling and bearer protocols as well as Asterisk will also be touched on.

Target Audience
Network and System Administrators
Call Center IT Personnel
IT Managers
Telco Engineers
Hobbyists

Objectives
At the end of this seminar, the participant will be able to understand traditional telco voice services with VoIP, define network requirements for setting up voice and similar services, understand the difference between signalling and bearer traffic, and create a working VoIP only server.

Outline
Computer Networks
Voice Networks - Requirements
Voice Networks - Voice Characteristics
Data Networks - Requirements
Data Networks - Data Characteristics
Quality of Service in IP Data Networks - Internet Model
Quality of Service in IP Data Networks - Intranet Model
Quality of Service in IP Data Networks - End-to-End QoS Model
Computer Telephony - Signaling: Call Setup and Teardown
Computer Telephony - Bearer: Media Stream
Computer Telephony - Digital Signal Processing
Asterisk - Components
Asterisk - Typical Deployment Scenarios
Asterisk - Examples and Live Demo


Trixbox Practical Open Source Voice-Over-IP
William Yu
Instructor, Ateneo de Manila University


Abstract
This presentation attempts to review some basic VoIP concepts and the available open source VoIP software package in the market. We will then proceed to identify the most commonly sought after features in a VoIP system and identify which components are necessary. After which, a basic VoIP system complete with the features we have identified will be configured using the Trixbox distribution.

Target Audience
Anybody considering implementing VoIP with open source software
Implementors and decision makers

Outline
Quick Overview of VoIP
Landscape of Open Source VoIP Software
Short Discussion: Asterisk
Short Discussion: SER
Short Discussion: Ekiga
Components of a Production VoIP System
Key Components
Minimum Configuration


Enterprise Databases with PostgreSQL
Ryan Baclit
Instructor, Bluepoint Institute


Abstract
There are many enterprise-grade databases available in the market, but IT managers tend to select only from commercial offerings. They fail to see that open source databases are also enterprise-ready, largely due to the marketing muscle of commercial vendors. This seminar will show that open source enterprise relational database management systems can be at par with commercial products, featuring the most advanced open source RDBMS: PostgreSQL.

Target Audience
People looking for an open source enterprise-grade RDBMS as an alternative to commercial and proprietary solutions.

Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to appreciate the availability of PostgreSQL. They will be able to install and configure PostgreSQL and do basic replication through Slony-I.

Outline
Introduction to PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL Installation on Linux
PostgreSQL Configuration
PostgreSQL CLI Tools
PostgreSQL GUI Frontends
Programming APIs
Proper PostgreSQL Maintenance
Fundamental Database Level Security Measures
Query Optimization Tricks
High Availability Schemes for PostgreSQL
Slony-I Replication


Large-Scale PHP Implementation
Vip Malixi
Senior Instructor, Bluepoint Institute


Abstract
Large-scale PHP implementation requires certain tools and methodologies not usually needed for smaller scale operations, e.g., template engines, server optimization, OOP, etc. The key is to know when to use these tools and methodologies. A common myth is assuming that at the Enterprise level they are required by default - when in fact doing so may actually be detrimental or of very little value. This lecture describes these tools and methodologies are and the circumstances in which they would be applicable and useful.

Target Audience
System Administrators and Designers
IT and MIS Managers
PHP Programmers

Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to be aware of what large-scale implementation PHP
tools and methodologies are available and what circumstances they would be applicable.

Outline
Introduction: What is "Large-Scale PHP Implementation"
Tools and Methodologies for Use in Large-Scale Implementation: Object-Oriented PHP
Tools and Methodologies for Use in Large-Scale Implementation: Template Engines
Tools and Methodologies for Use in Large-Scale Implementation: PHP/Server Optimization


Xen Enterprise Grade Virtualization
Engels Antonio
Chief Instructor, Bluepoint Institute


Abstract
Modern computers are sufficiently powerful to use virtualization - the illusion of many smaller virtual machines, each running a separate operating system instance. This allows the enterprise to maximize hardware investments through virtualization versus additional equipment acquisition.

Target Audience
System Administrators
Network Engineers
Infrastructure and Datacenter Architects
IT and MIS managers

Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to understand virtual architecture and deploy Xen for enterprise grade virtualization.

Outline
Virtual Architecture
Platform Setup
Enterprise Deployment
Virtual Machine Migration


EVENT PARTNERS
This conference is made possible thanks to our sponsors:


SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
Many thanks to the following organizations for supporting this special event:

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Tulay 2


Teachers Using Linux to Augment the Youth Batch 2: May 28-30, 2007 (MTThF, 10AM-5PM)


INSTRUCTORS

Mark Mayo (SpeedGeeking - Beryl Window Manager)
Magie Antonio (SpeedGeeking - SME Server)
Eddie Salonga (SpeedGeeking - Edubuntu)
Engels Antonio (Technical Sessions)


CREDITS

Magie Antonio (Project Director)
Cherry Roco (Project Coordinator)


DONORS

Proceeds from the Open for Business conference last July 2006 were used for the logistics of this batch. Many thanks to the delegates, speakers and sponsors for helping us raise funds for this project!


BENEFICIARIES

Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration, and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired
Rene Orense

Andres Bonifacio Integrated School
Aileen Grace Rabasto

Bonifacio Javier National High School
Dorothy Grace Reyes

Isaac Lopez High School
Janmor Sapungan

National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons
Renato Angat

NOVA Foundation for Differently Abled Persons
Raymond Delos Reyes
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Bluepoint Receives Citation From ATRIEV


We are honored to receive this citation from the Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the visually Impaired (ATRIEV), an organization at the forefront of providing access to information technology for the blind in the Philippines:

Bluepoint is a non-profit Open Source education and development center. It is the first organization in the Philippines that focuses on Linux and Open Source training.

Bluepoint seeks to enhance the IT skills of Filipinos by providing globally competitive Open Source education through (1) advocating, (2) educating people in, and (3) developing Open Source software through trainings, seminars, fund-raising events, research, and development.

ATRIEV’s Project Officer, Rene Orense, has been privileged to join two training programs of Bluepoint: Teachers Using Linux to Augment the Youth (TULAY) and Extreme PHP. He is now planning to implement his learnings in the ATRIEV system.

ATRIEV also plans to work with Bluepoint in the development of a screen reader software that works with Open Source. If and when this dream will come true, more Filipinos will have access to computer-based information.

From the very words of the movers behind Bluepoint Foundation: "We are committed to excellent service, innovation, diversity, creativity, honesty, and integrity. Our accountability is to God."
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Tulay 3


Teachers Using Linux to Augment the Youth Batch 3: March 3-18, 2008 (MTThF, 10AM-5PM)


INSTRUCTOR

Engels Antonio


DONORS

Rizaldy Biete
Mark Ranay


CREDITS

Magie Antonio (Project Director)
Cherry Roco (Project Coordinator)


BENEFICIARIES

Andres Bonifacio Integrated School
Rhodora Ibalio
Evangeline Nelson

National Computer Institute
Isagani Osio

Universal Storefront Services Corporation
Norman Claridad
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