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Programs

Recent projects are added in sub directories as they are initiated.

1. OLPC Work with One laptop per child

2. Language Developing resources for language learning online, including parsers, speech synthesis tools. Main project is to develop clean online site for users to upload sound examples for a specific language, and to annotate AIATSIS archival material.


The previous programs that have being developed on external sites are:

Program 1 – Cross Cultural Training Web Site through ICS

This project is in line with the ICS objective to maintain Indigenous culture through community involvement. It will develop cross-cultural training online. The web resource will be based on the cross-cultural workshop run at the Koori Centre by Lynette Riley, which is an excellent means of communication cultural and historical experiences to participants. At the same time, it is easily adaptable to an online format, if supported by an Aboriginal tutor. Implementation: The project will involve the IT Developer producing paper mockups of the site with Lynette Riley, then implementing the applications for the sites to be developed and edited. The site will then be verified by Lynette Riley, and she will add short oral histories at suitable points in the online workshop as learning case studies. This final product will be tested by Lynette Riley, then by CITIES members for usability.

Application: At present we envisage such a web site would be used as an addition to face to face workshops. This project will design the site and applications for developing sites in such a manner that such sites can be created by different trainers in future. The tools developed in this project will enable other users to develop such web sites and insert their stories for future such training. Once the initial site has been developed, as proof of concept, it will be usable as a commercial site for training. Further development could be based on this income.

Evaluation: The development of such sites is highly sensitive in terms of sharing cultural knowledge. Kaye Mundine from CITIES will be monitoring the web site and providing advice on how it can be extended.

Program 2 – Language Learning Games through MILR

This project is in line with the MILR objective to support the maintenance of Indigenous Australian languages. It will develop a series of four games for teaching any language, but be implemented in Wiradjuri, by linking to a work list. At present CITIES has developed on contract to SALC and Sydney schools some tools for teachers to develop interactive worksheets with students learning languages. There is still a need for more informal learning in Sydney schools, such as through games. At present the schools cannot afford to initiate the program. However once the game format has been developed, these will be able to be adapted to other languages and schools. It is important to note that this project will not be programming the lessons in Flash, but will be using a more flexible format, which reads the language translation from a database, hence provides greater ability to adapt to new languages or thematic word lists.

Implementation: The IT Developer will develop four games, based on the Mayalumba concept produced by Muurrabay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative,a nd already used by some languages to develop language lessons in Flash.

Application: The games will be used at Tempe High School, and provide for public use on the web site developed for Language resource sharing, through SALC

Evaluation: The initial set of four games will be trailed at Tempe High School and then provided for public use. Also a short online course will be provide on how to make these games in Game Maker, an open source tool.

Program 3 – Upgrade Sydney KIN WebSite through ICS

The Sydney Koori Interagency Network manages the funding for this project to develop the site SKIN