About The Impact Education Project
The Impact Education Project was founded in October of 2013 by Mark and Jennifer Guertin. The purpose of this project is to aid educators for the benefit of students and education. This project provides teachers and students with the ability to create a fully functioning website and to have access to a cPanel interface with all the bells and whistles. This service is provided at no cost to those who choose to participate.
We became aware of the need for such an offering as this while I was studying at Kaplan University. During the course of my studies and on numerous occasions, various classes required the students to complete different projects that were to be displayed on the World Wide Web.
What we quickly realized was that there was not a readily available and excellent option to meet this need. Free web hosting is typically problematic in that it gives very limited functionality and incorporates unwanted advertisements.
To be frank, many students were plagued by this dilemma and a great deal of discussion ensued amongst the students and Professors. At this time I decided two things; firstly that I would immediately provide a free hosting account to any of my fellow students who were in need and secondly, that in the future I would create an education project for this very cause.
Now, here we are and it is time to officially launch the Impact Education Project! In order to maximize learning teachers and students need free access to a fully functional web server interface that is complete with every bell and whistle. This project will provide that for them free of charge and with no strings attached.
Any teacher or student that desires to participate will be issued a User ID and Password for their own cPanel login at their own unique subdomain. An example would be http://jane-doe.edu.impactsocialmedia.net/ Also, there is a web page here called the Student Site page and on this page we will list the name of each student, their school and a link to their website. The students will also have the option to not include their website on the student page if that is their preference. Depending on the feedback and suggestions we recieve there could also be a Teacher Site where the teachers could opt to make their websites available.
If the students so desire, they can continue to maintain their website after they graduate. This will serve the purpose for them to display a resume or to give examples of their work. This will aid them in their job seeking endeavors. If the student prefers the site can be deleted at any time by their request.
The following list is what is included:
- Subdomain name
- 250MB-1000MB of disk space
- 500MB-2000MB of bandwidth
- Up to 2 FTP accounts
- Up to 5 email accounts
- Up to 2 email lists
- Up to 5 databases
- Up to 2 subdomains
- Up to 2 parked domains
- Up to 2 addon domains
- Fully loaded cPanel interface
- Online help video tutorials
- Access to 4,500 free website templates
- Access to Fantastico Deluxe
- Access to Quick Install
This platform will allow the students to study, experiment and learn just about anything imaginable. This is the same platform that would be used to host any full blown web presence whether it be HTML, C#, Visual Basic, PHP, Java, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails, an application, mobile site, etc., etc.
This platform will allow the teachers to implement and make use of educational websites that can be used as a virtual classroom and modern learning tool for their students. A couple of great options for this would be to make use of Claroline or Moodle but other options are available as well.
Claroline is an Open Source software based on PHP and MySQL. It’s a collaborative learning environment allowing teachers or education institutions to create and manage courses through the web.
The system provides group management, forums, document repositories, calendar, chat, assignment areas, links, user profile administration on a single and highly integrated package. Claroline is translated in 35 languages and used by hundreds of institutions around world.
The software was initially started by the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and released under Open Source licence (GPL) in 2001. Since then, a community of developers around the world contributes to its development. Since 2008, the development of the platform is leaded by an international consortium constituted of universities, higher education schools and actors from the private sector.
Source: Sourceforge http://sourceforge.net/
Documentation: www.ls.eso.org http://www.ls.eso.org/
Overview of Claroline for education
Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. You can download the software onto your own web server or ask one of our knowledgable Moodle Partners to assist you.
Moodle is built by the Moodle project which is led and coordinated by Moodle HQ, an Australian company of 30 developers which is financially supported by a network of 60 Moodle Partner service companies worldwide.
Source: Moodle http://docs.moodle.org/27/en/About_Moodle
Documentation: www.osgoode.yorku.ca www.osgoode.yorku.ca
Video about using Moodle for education
We will be adding educational blogs to the front page of this site for the benefit of the teachers and students. We will also be adding helpful links on the link page which could be of benefit as well.
We sincerely hope that this project will be of great benefit to your teaching, learning and career path. We encourage you to provide us with your helpful feedback and comments. In closing I would like to leave you with this quote from President John F. Kennedy, “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
Sincerely, Mark and Jennifer Guertin