I am Scott Lydiard, on the faculty of the Bard College Prison Initiative (http://bpi.bard.edu/ ) where I teach college Computer Science in New York State Prisons. BPI’s mission is to bring Liberal Arts college level education to the incarcerated. Within that, the mission of a group of concerned educators (myself, Kit Laybourne and Deborah Bond-Upson) is to bring Computer Science and Graphics Arts education to the same group.
A resource limitation is that most prisons have a rigorously enforced “no Internet” connection policy. That is why we are so excited about KA-Lite. I’ve read about the KA-Lite installation in an Idaho prison. We would like to see it deployed nationally in State and Federal Prisons.
BPI has been teaching within prisons for 15 years. It took 5 years to finally get approval for computers in the Woodbourne, New York State correctional facility. The requirements are onerous. Every single file needs to be examined to insure it doesn’t contain pornography, personally identifiable information, Internet links, or viruses. This process must be done for each prison, not Statewide and certainly not nationwide. We want to change that. We would like to standardize the certification process and apply it to a specific KA-Lite distribution for Federal and State prisons (at no cost to them). I could also volunteer my experienced prisoner developers to port existing Khan software, in particular the programming and “Pixar in a Box” courses, to the KA-Lite distribution (for free).
We understand you guys ( Learning Equality group https://learningequality.org/ ) created KA-Lite. What do we need to do to move forward in creating a “certified” KA-Lite distribution for US prisons?
Respectfully, Scott Lydiard (619-852-7633) Call any time.