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From Marcel Offermans <>
Subject Re: Keynote idea: Revolutionizing Education
Date Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:52:43 GMT
Hello Alex,

Of course. Not all of the information is already available in english, but here you go:

If you want to see the application in action, the following (dutch) screencast:

In theory, you can turn on captions and translate them, but you end up with some funny english
sentences that way. :)

And here are some (somewhat older) slides about it:

Greetings, Marcel

On 14 Jan 2014, at 19:48 pm, Alexei Fedotov <> wrote:

> Marcel, would you mind sharing with some URL about the project so we
> are on the same page?
> On 1/14/14, Marcel Offermans <> wrote:
>> Hello Alex,
>> Amdatu itself is not an educational platform, it is a generic cloud platform
>> for creating modular web applications. I would argue that modularity is a
>> quality that will help you build applications in general (and it's nothing
>> new either). PulseOn is built on top of the Amdatu project.
>> I'm sure I can dig up some data about how many PulseOn deployments are
>> currently live, if that's what you're asking?
>> Greetings, Marcel
>> On 14 Jan 2014, at 18:30 pm, Alexei Fedotov <>
>> wrote:
>>> I'm involved in different local educational initiatives. I have read
>>> through Amdatu main concept on the web site and may humbly notice that
>>> teachers / educational gurus rarely consider modularity as a main
>>> requirement for digital education. I wonder if there is some data on
>>> Amdatu reception in Netherlands.
>>> On 1/14/14, Marcel Offermans <> wrote:
>>>> I would like to propose another idea for a keynote at ApacheCon, given
>>>> by
>>>> Jurriaan Souer who works at PulseOn:
>>>> PulseOn is a cloud based web application, built on open source
>>>> technologies,
>>>> many of which originating from Apache, that provides students with a
>>>> personalized, lifelong learning environment. The project was started a
>>>> couple of years ago with the goal to change the way we educate our
>>>> children.
>>>> The school system in The Netherlands, like in many other countries in
>>>> the
>>>> world, has not changed significantly over the last century. Children
>>>> still
>>>> go through a system that focusses on standard text books and a fixed
>>>> curriculum. Personal learning styles and preferences are ignored, which
>>>> means that we are teaching everybody in a sub-optimal way.
>>>> With PulseOn we provide a digital environment that leverages current
>>>> technologies and tracks each student individually, providing them with
>>>> content that suits their learning style and personal goals. That means
>>>> that
>>>> basically, instead of providing standard books, we chop those up into
>>>> small
>>>> pieces of content that are assembled dynamically based on the profile of
>>>> the
>>>> individual. Furthermore, the system also contains formal and informal
>>>> tests,
>>>> that provide us with a good insight into how well the student
>>>> understands
>>>> the various pieces of information. The end result is a system with which
>>>> they can learn more quickly and more efficiently.
>>>> Our mission is to maximize human potential through personalized
>>>> learning,
>>>> worldwide because we believe that education is the foundation on which
>>>> society is built. With PulseOn we believe we can contribute to a better
>>>> world, allowing each learner to become what they are and can be.
>>>> The PulseOn platform builds on several key Apache technologies,
>>>> including
>>>> Apache Felix to create a modular back-end, Apache Wink for REST support,
>>>> Apache CXF and ServiceMix to connect to other enterprise applications,
>>>> Apache ACE for dynamic provisioning of the platform in the cloud and
>>>> Apache
>>>> Commons for various utilities. These open source technologies have all
>>>> been
>>>> consolidated in an open source platform called Amdatu.
>>>> The keynote is not technical, but instead focusses on how this platform
>>>> helps improve the way we teach our children. As such I think it’s an
>>>> excellent example of how open source improves our daily lives.
>>>> Jurriaan is a Product Manager at PulseOn. He has 15 years of experience
>>>> in
>>>> online product development, management, marketing and sales engineering
>>>> and
>>>> a Ph.D. in Computing and Information Sciences.
>>>> WDYT?
>>>> Greetings, Marcel
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>>> With best regards / с наилучшими пожеланиями,
>>> Alexei Fedotov / Алексей Федотов,
>>> +7 916 562 8095
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> With best regards / с наилучшими пожеланиями,
> Alexei Fedotov / Алексей Федотов,
> +7 916 562 8095
> [1] Start using Apache Openmeetings today,
> [2] Join Alexei Fedotov @linkedin,
> [3] Join Alexei Fedotov @facebook,

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