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  • 1. Feedback from the field - Haïti One Laptop Per Child 1cc, October 21st 2008 Bastien Guerry
  • 2. bzg_0.1a ● 10yo: Logo – 20yo: Emacs – 30yo: OLPC ● Background philosophy/cognitive science ● Compas thinktank: cognitive science, education and new technology in schools ● Communities of teachers using ICT in schools + « La main à la pâte » ● WikiProf: teachers using wikis ● OLPC France (grassroots organization)
  • 3. OLPC Haïti – summer camp
  • 4. OLPC Haïti – summer camp
  • 5. OLPC Haïti deployment map
  • 6. Timeline & general tasks ● 2 weeks at the end of June – starting the summer camp in Republique du Chili ● 5 weeks from July 28th to Sept. 10th – help with building the core team ● Wanda: power / learning materials / teachers' training ● Bastien: online support / technical training
  • 7. OLPC Haïti core team composition ● 1 Coordinator: Guy Serge Pompilus ● 2 admin staff: Beatrice and Nedgine ● 5 tech staff: Max, Codio, Geebs, Emmanuel, Lacrete ● 2 pedagogical staff: Medly, Beatrix
  • 8. OLPC Haïti core team in action
  • 9. Deliverables ● 6 Teacher reports & evaluation forms ● Exams to recruit the tech team ● French version of the Getting Started OLPC guide ● French version of the Scratch guide ● Wiki (wikified version of the Getting Started guide, glossary of technical terms, ...)
  • 10. OLPC Haïti wiki
  • 11. OLPC Haïti online support page
  • 12. OLPC Haïti online support form
  • 13. OLPC Haïti – learning materials
  • 14. Problems / Challenges ● Get really hands on with learning, not just learning about computers (lack of people with a background in education) ● Encourage the tech team to take part of the learning side of the project ● Tasks management: don't let blockers stop informal spread of knowledge ● Better communication with(in) the team ● Bring a sense of trusting the teachers ● Create an environment to engage the community (students, parents, ...)
  • 15. Successes ● Get Sugar translated into haitian kreyol ● Encourage the team to explore GNU/Linux ● Feedback from the OLPC HQ tech team was really good and helpful ● The haitian tech team now feels more comfortable in diving into OLPC mailing lists and into the wiki ● Tech team is working on building a GNU/Linux User Group

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