We, that is Michael, Clifford and me, Astrid, collect computers and
computerparts, we clean them, test them, and install software on them. What
kind of software? Ubuntu, containing Open office of course, VLC so that the
users can watch movies, and an mp3-player. And we wrote (and are still at it)
an open source software that allows foreigners to learn German (Austrian German, that is).
At the moment this software consists of 3 parts: one part to get to know the
keyboard, one part to learn the approximately 2.200 most important nouns, and
one part for learning irregular verbs. What's special in this software is is
that it teaches Austrian German and not german German, as all the other
software on the market does, which is totally unappropriate when somebody is
going to live in Austria: first the person is a stranger, and then the person
is a stranger who learned the wrong language. It bridges a gap in the market.
People (also you, should you wish to) can use it to learn German. The software
is still being expanded, but it is being used by lots of people even now.
Should you wish to explore it: http://kurs.kalliope.at
(If you have no further plan to use it, log in as Test, no password)Having done all that, we give the aformentioned computers away for free to people in need of learning German who don't have the ressources to buy a computer themselves.
Spread the word. Tell others about this project, on the one hand people who need it that there is this software for learning German, show it to them, teach them how to use it (might take half an hour or an hour of your time, but in doing so you might open a world to this person). On the other hand tell people who have old computers or computerparts that we are running this project and should they wish to donate the parts to it lots of good marks for their karma could be gathered ;-) Either way, everybody wins.
Sat./Sun. 28th/29th November 2009 (Start Sat., 14:00)
Metalab (Rathausstrasse 6, 1010 Wien)
Please come and join!
Astrid Gruber, astrid.gruber at nunmehr.at
Clifford Wolf, clifford at clifford.at
Michael Postmann, michael.postmann at gmail.com