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  • 1. Etoys in Space Project Conference Call Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, 3pm EST Hosted by Nortel Networks DC
  • 2. Participating Organizations
    • OLPC Learning Club DC
    • Nortel Networks DC
    • Arlington Career Center
    • Gallaudet Research Institute
    • Viewpoints Research Institute
    • Waveplace Foundation
    • NASA
    • OLPC Support Gang
    • OLPC News
  • 3. Informal Agenda for Call
    • Call < 60 mins.
    • Introductions
    • Etoys in Space Project Background
    • OLPC Learning Club Jam
    • Tech Issues & Possible Solutions
    • Guidance on Future Jams
  • 4. Where the Learning Club Meets Arlington Career Center Gallaudet University Nortel Networks
  • 5. Screenshot Screenshot of Sundial Challenge from XO Laptop
  • 6. Initial Observations of NASA Squeak Web Activities Running on OLPC XO Sugar OS 8.2.1, Etoys 3
    • Slow load time on some activities
    • New Etoys menu bar interferes with activity content objects
    • Text in some text blocks overflows
    • Animation sprites sometimes run slowly
    • Layouts for 1024x768 now feel cramped
    • 1024x768 background images repeat
    • Some pages on NASA Connect web site don’t fit on XO screen
  • 7. What is an OLPC Jam?
    • “ An OLPC Jam is a creative event designed to encourage (simultaneously) experimentation and innovation in the field participants are Jamming in and to produce open-license content for the OLPC project in a short amount of time. Experienced, prepared participants work in small teams to collaborate with domain and local experts and produce a concrete product to a pre-specified problem; the creative output of the event is deployed in the field directly after the Jam. It's high-intensity improvisational fun - some participants say they've never created in such a productive development environment before.”
  • 8. Goals of the Etoys in Space Jams
    • Near term: Surface issues with running Etoys in Space Activities on the OLPC XO
    • Longer term: Repair all the files to be compatible with OLPC XO
    • Build interest and excitement in the Learning Club for Jams and Etoys
    • Foster understanding of open source concepts in a diverse and inclusive learning club
  • 9. Etoys in Space Jam Draft Schedule for 1/17/09 at Arlington Career Center
    • 10am - 1pm User Group Meeting
    • 12pm - 1pm Pizza Lunch
    • 1pm - 2pm Intro to Etoys in Space
    • 2pm - 5pm Jam Team QA Review of Activity Files
    • 5pm - 6pm Team Discussion of Findings
    • 6pm - 7pm Dinner
  • 10. Jam-related Takeaways from the Conference Call
    • Randy Caton says it’s pretty easy to fix the NASA Squeak Web Activities. He’ll do it based on feedback logged by the Learning Club.
    • But he would not only like bugs noted, he also wants suggestions for improving overall usability and the interactive learning experience.
    • He also wants ideas on how the lessons can be redesigned for use in the least developed countries (LDCs) where there is much less classroom support.
    • He provided a link to a site where the activities had been translated into Spanish.
  • 11. Links
    • Etoys in Space Site Map & Content Inventory
    • OLPC Learning Club DC