[Evangelism] Plone Teachers Kit - evening education material kit for (semi) professional teachers

"Stroß-Radschinski Armin C." developer at acsr.de
Mon Nov 30 19:39:33 UTC 2009

If Plone would be more popular for customers than now, you would lack  
a lot of integrators to do the job. This is a temporary drawback for  
the future and maybe an obstacle for quicker growth of the community,  
even if it is not that well known in the public. In Germany we have  
this issue for years with the need for Zope and Python cracks (which  
is in fact a paradise for the current ones ;-)

I am thinking for a while about creating a "Plone Teachers Kit" for  
evening education, aiming at making Zope and "Plone-the-platform" more  
popular for young people or adults to manage their personal content  
(if it is beyond a blog!) in a very simple local setup of "Personal- 
Plone" on their own PC.

This is focused on making the technology of the platform more  
recognized for people when it comes to bigger decisions and the  
question is "Do you know Plone?".

This education format is very popular in Germany. A lot of computer  
education takes place in the so called VHS VolksHochSchule. Most of  
the time you can make a PC "Driver License" and will receive boring  
uncreative "WinDoze" Microsoft Office penetration. There are nearly no  
ore rare offers on script-programming and office- / business-automation.

If you cover one aspect of this (file-archive and retrieving with  
moblie web access) the people sharing the experience are in good  
chance becoming local superstars. Plone is in direct competition with  
the growing Sharepoint-Marketing of Microsoft. Here people can make  
good experience and take this into school, organisations,  
universities, companies.

The ideal format of the material should be a book with a DVD with a  
live Ubuntu release with Plone containing some instant video  
collection of Plone pop-stars impressing with the features even when  
it is in english. (even when it is available on Youtube etc.) with  
buildout it is a snap to get access to the current releases with web  

The book should be contained on the Media as PDF and eBook. The  
publication should be jumpstarted an financially backed up by the  
Plone Foundation. In fact there will be a full refund of the  
investment with financial payback and more important an increasing  
impact on the community.

I have not read the Packt book on Plone "Plone 3 for Education". But  
it seems much more technical than we need it for this approach.

A good startingpoint for creating such a publication for Plone 4 and 5  
in a multi author manner could be setting up a core editor team like  
we a have a release manager for the software. Plone should be the  
platform for writing and publishing the eBook version too. The german  
Plone integrator satzweiss is using a plone setup for creating  
professional eBooks. We have also some upcoming Plone2Print products.

Armin Stroß-Radschinski

  (german only)

Armin Carl Stroß-Radschinski
ACSR industrialdesign
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