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Today I had my first beet. It reminded me of baby corn, which I also like eating. It might go well with the purple sweet potatoes... Hmm. =) One of the good things about the Good Food Box is that you're forced to experiment! Whee!
Today I made a fresh vegetable fritatta. I started with the basic idea of a fritatta, which is really just scrambled eggs with stuff on it, or an omelette that hasn't been folded. Here's what I did:
Not bad at all... =)
There re better ways to prepare a fritatta. I should try them out! I need a skillet that can go from rangetop to oven...
Iloilo City — A curriculum which incorporates Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is now available for schools offering Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT), and Information Management (IM) major concentrations. At the national convention of the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE) in this city, the Philippine Open Source Initiative (POSITIVE) launched the curricula for four courses and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PSITE involving training and orientation on the curricula. The MoU signing ceremony was formalized between PSITE National President Alex Ybasco and POSITIVE Project Lead Joseph Paul Sianghio, and witnessed by Juliana Hinterberger, Country Portfolio Manager of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ, or German Technical Cooperation) and Commissioner Emmanuel Lallana of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT). Members of the PSITE Board of Trustees also stood as witnesses.
The four courses, together with the FOSS components, are the following:
- IT Fundamentals — GNU/Linux, OpenOffice.org, the Graphics Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
- Database Management — MySQL, PostgreSQL
- Operating Systems — GNU/Linux
- Web Development — GNU/Linux, Apache HTTP Server, Eclipse, PHP
The FOSS-oriented curricula are the product of two Champions Fora, the first in Cebu and the other in Manila, and of two workshops, one in Manila and the second in Cebu. The Champions Fora brought together POSITIVE's industry partners to determine the skills they needed from CS, IT, and IM graduates. Participants from POSITIVE's partner schools then collaborated in the two workshops to design curricula and courseware for the four core subjects. Those curricula employ real-world FOSS applications to supplement the theoretical background that serves as the foundation for the students' future in the IT industry. POSITIVE's academic partners are the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) in Angeles City, Asia-Pacific College (APC) in Makati City, Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) in Cebu City, the Computer and Security Laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 7 in Cebu City, Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) in Mandaluyong City, and the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in Iligan City.
"POSITIVE wishes to acknowledge the hard work from our academic partners in designing these courseware," says Sianghio. "The courseware once fully implemented is expected to improve the employability of IT graduates and increase usage of Open Source by companies in the Philippines."
Under the MoU, POSITIVE will provide training and orientation to PSITE members on the use of the curricula and the courseware. The courseware include daily schedules of the lectures and laboratory work, as well as auxiliary materials such as OpenOffice.org Impress presentations. These are available to schools for free download by simply registering online at the POSITIVE website (http://www.positive.ph). "POSITIVE's next task is to brief the teachers on the use of the courseware, specifically the Free/Open Source components," says Sianghio. "To employ the new courseware in time for the 2006-07 school year, PSITE members and other registered schools will be advised of a faculty training scheduled during the summer break in Metro Manila, Angeles City, Cebu City, and Cagayan de Oro."
POSITIVE is a joint project of the European Information Technology Services Center (EITSC), Wireless Services Asia (WSA), and GTZ.
EITSC is an initiative of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, GTZ, and the Asia Europe Foundation of the Philippines to bridge the eSourcing requirements of Europe and the supply of IT and IT-enabled services in the Philippines.
GTZ is a government-owned corporation for international cooperation with worldwide operations. Present in more than 130 partner countries, GTZ is supporting 2,700 development projects and programmes, chiefly under commissions from the German Federal Government. GTZ's aim is to improve the living conditions and perspectives of people on a sustainable basis in developing and transition countries.
WSA is a closely held group of companies founded in 1999 with subsidiaries in London, Helsinki, Singapore, and Manila. The business focus of the group is to provide state-of-the-art entertainment solutions addressing the needs of mobile users worldwide.
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