Global Education and Learning Community Grows to 1330 Members and 177 Technology-Based Projects

The GELC Advisory Board Reconvenes to Discuss Progress and Ideas for

Continuing to Improve the Community's Resources and Projects



Dec 09, 2004, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that the Global Education and Learning
 Community (GELC) is thriving, growing to more than 1330 members with more than
 177 projects in less than eight months. Sun convened the first advisory board
 meeting in September 2004 to gather the key influencers in technology and
 education to focus on developing the technology community's collaborative open
 standards-based projects and tools for teaching and learning. The Community is
 already seeing the positive impact on education tools and techniques, and the
 GELC advisory board is meeting again this week to share ideas for continuing
 the momentum.
     The purpose of the community is to help people find, develop and share
 open source educational tools, open learning standards implementations and
 open course learning materials. The portal at https://edu-gelc.dev.java.net/
 serves as the project home for the GELC. The site is a gathering place for
 researchers and educators, teachers, academics, programmers, authors,
 corporate trainers, administrators, public officials, students and others. It
 currently hosts global projects from more than 20 different countries and
 1330 members. Several of the collaborative projects utilize the portal's
 infrastructure for posting content, accessing discussion forums, blogging and
 wikis including:
     Girls' Java (TM) Cafe:  https://girlsjavacafe.dev.java.net/index.html : An
 online community established to encourage high school female students to study
 Java programming and Computer Science (CS), and to increase the number of
 girls who take Advanced Placement (AP) exams in CS.  This exam has the lowest
 percentage of participation -- in 2003, only 16 percent -- from young women at
 high schools.
     The Cafe hosts a verified network of high school CS teachers who moderate
 and lead the community. Female students can also interact with AP CS alumnae
 to understand their experience with class. To inspire students to explore
 solutions on their own, the teachers do not directly answer questions on
 homework assignments. Instead, they ask well thought-out questions geared
 toward helping students reach answers by themselves and lend support, advice,
 and guidance.
     The Cafe is open to students who are invited to participate by their
 teacher. For more information about registering and joining the Cafe, please
 visit https://girlsjavacafe.dev.java.net/gjcregister.html
     Giant Picture Dictionary:  https://giantpicturedictionary.dev.java.net/ :
 The goal of this project is to provide a global database of pictures that will
 help students learn about topics from Algebra to zoology. Studies indicate
 that students learn faster when they have a mental image of the subject. They
 will be able to simply type in a word, and the Giant Picture Dictionary will
 retrieve a picture that they can mouse over and click for more information.
     To collect the online images, the community will provide Java-based
 user-friendly software for content experts, allowing them to easily contribute
 to the visual database. As the project develops, the Giant Picture Dictionary
 will expand to include other Java-technology based visual learning tools
 including memory techniques, communication, and translation, and that would
 all use the same core Java technology.
     Tspell (English):  https://tspell.dev.java.net/ : Tspell project intends
 to provide applications for solving Turkish Natural Language Processing (NLP)
 related computational problems. Tspell is just one example of how the GELC is
 functioning to improve technology that will help lead to better communication
 between international education and research facilities.
     The Turkish language has a different morphological and grammatical
 structure than Indo-European languages such as English. Since it is an
 agglutinative language like Finnish even making a simple spell checker is very
 challenging. Using Java technology, this project will try to overcome these
 challenges. Some target problems are:
 
     -- Spell checker
     -- Suggestion mechanisms for wrong words
     -- Sentence analysis, grammar check
     -- Random word, sentence generation
     -- Slang conversion, idiom substitution
     -- Translation
 
      "We've seen a tremendous amount of interest in the GELC since we convened
 the first advisory board meeting in September, and we expect the number of
 community members and education and learning projects to continue to grow at a
 rapid rate," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for
 Sun Microsystems. "One of the really great things about this Community is that
 it is directly involving the students, and encouraging them to take an active
 roll in advancing teaching and learning. Their participation will be a huge
 asset in defining the tools and technologies that are most relevant to their
 concerns and issues."
     "We're back at the table this week to discuss the tremendous impact the
 GELC can have on the global education and research communities. The kind of
 growth and momentum we are already seeing in just a few short months is very
 encouraging," said Terrence Verity, chief information officer at Seneca
 College.
     "Amazing things can happen when you provide the forum to link
 international teaching and learning resources, and our hope is that we will
 see more students, teachers, technology experts and developers participating
 in this global community," said Ingrid Van Den Hoogen, vice president, Brand
 Experience and Community Marketing for Sun Microsystems.
      The GELC was first discussed at the first LifeLong Learning Forum hosted
 by Sun in March 2004. The LifeLong Learning Forum brought together more than
 40 Ministries of Education from 25 countries to empower education leaders to
 work together and devise common solutions toward implementing a policy of
 lifelong learning.  The next Forum will convene in February 2005, and the GELC
 will have prominent participation in the event.
 
     GELC Honorary Committee Members
     -- Scott McNealy, Chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     -- Alessandro Musemuci, Information Technology General Manager, Ministry
 of Education, Italy
     -- Mr. Jianping Wu, Professor of Computer Science, Tsinghua University,
 Director of Network Research Center of Tsinghua University and President of
 China Education and Research Network (CERNET)
     -- Minja Yang Chargee de mission to the Assistant Director-General for
 Culture, and Director for Special Projects, Culture Sector, United Nations
 Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
 
     GELC Advisory Board Committee Members
     -- Dr. James F. Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor - IT, UCLA
     -- Ian Dolphin, Head of E-Strategy,, University of Hull, UK
     -- Ira Fuchs, Vice President for Research in Information Technology, The
 Andrew W. Melon Foundation
     -- Mr. John Gage, Vice President, Chief Researcher & Director of the
 Science Office, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     -- Dr. Elazar Harel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative
 Computing and Telecommunications, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
     -- Kim Jones, Vice President Global Education and Research, Sun
 Microsystems, Inc.
     -- Mr. Michael A. Keller, University Librarian and Director of Academic
 Information Resources, Stanford University
     -- Dr. Vijay Kumar, Assistant Provost for the Educational Technology and
 Director of Academic Computing, MIT
     -- Mr. Alessandro Musumeci, Information Technology General Manager,
 Ministry of Education, Italy
     -- Francesc Noguera, Director of Information Systems, Open University of
 Catalonia, Spain
     -- Michael A. Pearce, Deputy Chief Information Officer, University of
 Southern California (USC)
     -- Dr. Rob Rennie, Vice President of Technology and CIO, Florida Community
 College
     -- John Rosenberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University, Melbourne,
 Australia
     -- Assoc. Prof. Daniel Tan Tiong Hok, Director, Centre for Educational
 Development, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
     -- Terrence B. Verity, CIO, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
     -- Edward Walker, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.
     -- Jacqueline Cheng, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Education City,
 Hong Kong
     -- Kehong Wang, Professor, Department of Computer Science & Technology,
 Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
 
     Sun's Global Education and Learning Community Mission Statement
     The Global Education and Learning Community provides researchers,
 teachers, programmers, authors, corporate trainers, administrators, public
 officials, students and others a place to find, develop and share
 technology-related open source educational tools, open learning standards
 implementations and open course learning materials.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer (TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the
 World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Kristen Hyland of Sun Microsystems, Inc., + 1-650-786-3007, or
 kristen.hyland@sun.com.
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that the Global Education and Learning
 Community (GELC) is thriving, growing to more than 1330 members with more than
 177 projects in less than eight months. Sun convened the first advisory board
 meeting in September 2004 to gather the key influencers in technology and
 education to focus on developing the technology community's collaborative open
 standards-based projects and tools for teaching and learning. The Community is
 already seeing the positive impact on education tools and techniques, and the
 GELC advisory board is meeting again this week to share ideas for continuing
 the momentum.
     The purpose of the community is to help people find, develop and share
 open source educational tools, open learning standards implementations and
 open course learning materials. The portal at https://edu-gelc.dev.java.net/
 serves as the project home for the GELC. The site is a gathering place for
 researchers and educators, teachers, academics, programmers, authors,
 corporate trainers, administrators, public officials, students and others. It
 currently hosts global projects from more than 20 different countries and
 1330 members. Several of the collaborative projects utilize the portal's
 infrastructure for posting content, accessing discussion forums, blogging and
 wikis including:
     Girls' Java (TM) Cafe:  https://girlsjavacafe.dev.java.net/index.html : An
 online community established to encourage high school female students to study
 Java programming and Computer Science (CS), and to increase the number of
 girls who take Advanced Placement (AP) exams in CS.  This exam has the lowest
 percentage of participation -- in 2003, only 16 percent -- from young women at
 high schools.
     The Cafe hosts a verified network of high school CS teachers who moderate
 and lead the community. Female students can also interact with AP CS alumnae
 to understand their experience with class. To inspire students to explore
 solutions on their own, the teachers do not directly answer questions on
 homework assignments. Instead, they ask well thought-out questions geared
 toward helping students reach answers by themselves and lend support, advice,
 and guidance.
     The Cafe is open to students who are invited to participate by their
 teacher. For more information about registering and joining the Cafe, please
 visit https://girlsjavacafe.dev.java.net/gjcregister.html
     Giant Picture Dictionary:  https://giantpicturedictionary.dev.java.net/ :
 The goal of this project is to provide a global database of pictures that will
 help students learn about topics from Algebra to zoology. Studies indicate
 that students learn faster when they have a mental image of the subject. They
 will be able to simply type in a word, and the Giant Picture Dictionary will
 retrieve a picture that they can mouse over and click for more information.
     To collect the online images, the community will provide Java-based
 user-friendly software for content experts, allowing them to easily contribute
 to the visual database. As the project develops, the Giant Picture Dictionary
 will expand to include other Java-technology based visual learning tools
 including memory techniques, communication, and translation, and that would
 all use the same core Java technology.
     Tspell (English):  https://tspell.dev.java.net/ : Tspell project intends
 to provide applications for solving Turkish Natural Language Processing (NLP)
 related computational problems. Tspell is just one example of how the GELC is
 functioning to improve technology that will help lead to better communication
 between international education and research facilities.
     The Turkish language has a different morphological and grammatical
 structure than Indo-European languages such as English. Since it is an
 agglutinative language like Finnish even making a simple spell checker is very
 challenging. Using Java technology, this project will try to overcome these
 challenges. Some target problems are:
 
     -- Spell checker
     -- Suggestion mechanisms for wrong words
     -- Sentence analysis, grammar check
     -- Random word, sentence generation
     -- Slang conversion, idiom substitution
     -- Translation
 
      "We've seen a tremendous amount of interest in the GELC since we convened
 the first advisory board meeting in September, and we expect the number of
 community members and education and learning projects to continue to grow at a
 rapid rate," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for
 Sun Microsystems. "One of the really great things about this Community is that
 it is directly involving the students, and encouraging them to take an active
 roll in advancing teaching and learning. Their participation will be a huge
 asset in defining the tools and technologies that are most relevant to their
 concerns and issues."
     "We're back at the table this week to discuss the tremendous impact the
 GELC can have on the global education and research communities. The kind of
 growth and momentum we are already seeing in just a few short months is very
 encouraging," said Terrence Verity, chief information officer at Seneca
 College.
     "Amazing things can happen when you provide the forum to link
 international teaching and learning resources, and our hope is that we will
 see more students, teachers, technology experts and developers participating
 in this global community," said Ingrid Van Den Hoogen, vice president, Brand
 Experience and Community Marketing for Sun Microsystems.
      The GELC was first discussed at the first LifeLong Learning Forum hosted
 by Sun in March 2004. The LifeLong Learning Forum brought together more than
 40 Ministries of Education from 25 countries to empower education leaders to
 work together and devise common solutions toward implementing a policy of
 lifelong learning.  The next Forum will convene in February 2005, and the GELC
 will have prominent participation in the event.
 
     GELC Honorary Committee Members
     -- Scott McNealy, Chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     -- Alessandro Musemuci, Information Technology General Manager, Ministry
 of Education, Italy
     -- Mr. Jianping Wu, Professor of Computer Science, Tsinghua University,
 Director of Network Research Center of Tsinghua University and President of
 China Education and Research Network (CERNET)
     -- Minja Yang Chargee de mission to the Assistant Director-General for
 Culture, and Director for Special Projects, Culture Sector, United Nations
 Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
 
     GELC Advisory Board Committee Members
     -- Dr. James F. Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor - IT, UCLA
     -- Ian Dolphin, Head of E-Strategy,, University of Hull, UK
     -- Ira Fuchs, Vice President for Research in Information Technology, The
 Andrew W. Melon Foundation
     -- Mr. John Gage, Vice President, Chief Researcher & Director of the
 Science Office, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     -- Dr. Elazar Harel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative
 Computing and Telecommunications, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
     -- Kim Jones, Vice President Global Education and Research, Sun
 Microsystems, Inc.
     -- Mr. Michael A. Keller, University Librarian and Director of Academic
 Information Resources, Stanford University
     -- Dr. Vijay Kumar, Assistant Provost for the Educational Technology and
 Director of Academic Computing, MIT
     -- Mr. Alessandro Musumeci, Information Technology General Manager,
 Ministry of Education, Italy
     -- Francesc Noguera, Director of Information Systems, Open University of
 Catalonia, Spain
     -- Michael A. Pearce, Deputy Chief Information Officer, University of
 Southern California (USC)
     -- Dr. Rob Rennie, Vice President of Technology and CIO, Florida Community
 College
     -- John Rosenberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University, Melbourne,
 Australia
     -- Assoc. Prof. Daniel Tan Tiong Hok, Director, Centre for Educational
 Development, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
     -- Terrence B. Verity, CIO, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
     -- Edward Walker, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.
     -- Jacqueline Cheng, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Education City,
 Hong Kong
     -- Kehong Wang, Professor, Department of Computer Science & Technology,
 Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
 
     Sun's Global Education and Learning Community Mission Statement
     The Global Education and Learning Community provides researchers,
 teachers, programmers, authors, corporate trainers, administrators, public
 officials, students and others a place to find, develop and share
 technology-related open source educational tools, open learning standards
 implementations and open course learning materials.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer (TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the
 World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Kristen Hyland of Sun Microsystems, Inc., + 1-650-786-3007, or
 kristen.hyland@sun.com.
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.