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Galicia shares Abalar ICT educational system

Author: Adrian Offerman

Amtega, Galicia's agency for technological modernisation, has published the Abalar educational system as open source. The software was developed for the Abalar project that aims to integrate ICT into the educational practice in the Spanish region of Galicia.

Abalar is currently being used in the 5th and 6th grade of primary schools and the 1st and 2nd grade of secondary education (ESO). This benefits 52,000 students.

The Abalar project is supported by Amtega and the Galician Department of Culture, Education and University Degrees. They have joint efforts to modernise and improve education, and to promote digital skills and culture in the Spanish region. Up to now, the system has been used to train more than 23,000 teachers and in teaching activities for students, teachers and families at about 900 locations.

Classroom management

At the same time, Amtega has published a new version of XEA, the CeMIT classroom management system that was made available for free last year. The CeMIT network, part of the regional Centre for Technological Innovation and Inclusion, is responsible for a total of 98 classrooms, spread all over Galicia. The organisation aims to reduce the digital divide, promoting and offering free public education in ICT to citizens and companies. The CEMIT network has over 52,000 registered users and has given more than 184,000 hours of training since 2011.

The source code of both the XEA and Abalar software can be downloaded from the Free Software Repository of the Galician government (Xunta de Galicia). The Abalar code has been made available under the GPLv2 license as well as the European Union Public Licence (EUPL).