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OLPC Presentation at Montessori Children's Center, San Francisco, California

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  • Children as stewards of our future Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Presentation: Montessori Children's Center Associate Professor 80 Juan Bautista Cir Information Systems Department San Francisco CA, 94132 - 1795 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA 94132 USA Creative commons license
  • OLPC Mission: two videos Principles and Child Empowerment – The XO Laptop, design for learning –
  • me
  • July 2007 The first time I actually saw the OLPC XO laptop.
  • Somebody is finally thinking of the children!
  • The Prophet Children Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. -kahlil gibran
  • A different generation...
  • School Galadima, Abuja City, Nigeria See
  • Samkha village located in the suburbs of northern Thailand See
  • Khairat school is India's pilot site. See
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Ethopia
  • Ghana
  • Cameroon
  • Afghanistan
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Iraq
  • Haiti
  • Solomon Islands
  • Nepal
  • Deployments worldwide Source: See Google Maps
  • Deployments worldwide ... ... Source:
  • India
  • Resident artist!
  • Khairat school is India's pilot site. See
  • Khairat school is India's pilot site. See
  • Khairat Photos
  • Bhagmalpur project Location: ● Village: Bhagmalpur ● District: Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh ● Railway Station: Shahganj ● Bus Stop: Banuwadeeh ● School: ● Classes: 1 to 8 class ● Children: 1087 ● Teachers: 11 ● Internet: none ● Computers: none ●
  • Under a tree model
  • Bhagmalpur photos Bhagmalpur School Bhagmalpur Village
  • Jamaica
  • OLPC Headquarters 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • go
  • Collaboration Activities Journal
  • Collaboration
  • Activities Write ● A simple word processor – Chat ● Similar to Google Talk – Browse ● Firefox-based – Record ● stills and video – More activities...
  • Journal
  • One forward, One right An interesting way to draw a circle in TurtleArt One step forward, wait for one second, one degree to the right, repeat 360 times The wait allows you to see the turtle draw the circle slowly
  • InfoSlicer
  • E-Toys
  • OLPC XO-1 Antenna Microphone Camera Speaker Rotate screen USB Keyboard Mouse pad Gamepad Power Battery
  • For the more electronically inclined...
  • Yo Yo Charger
  • Hand Crank Charger
  • Solar Panel 5 Watt/14Volt panel
  • Languages Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Aymara, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Basque, Bengali, Bengali (India), Bislama, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Dzongkha, English, English (South African), English (US), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, French (Canada), Friulian, Fula, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Kreyol, Macedonian, Malayalam, Maltese, Marathi, Marovo, Mongolian, Nauruan, Nepali, Norwegian, Norwegian Bokmål, Papiamento, Papua New Guinea Pidgin (Tok Pisin), Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Tutorial: Solomon Islands Pidgin, Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Templates, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Translate: Vietnamese, Walloon, Wolof, Yoruba, pseudo L10n Approx. 90+ languages
  • Language Diversity India: 28 states and 7 union territories ● The Constitution of India recognizes 22 languages – 1. Assamese 9. Konkani 17. Sanskrit 2. Bengali 10. Maithili 18. Santhali 3. Bodo 11. Malayalam 19. Sindhi 4. Dogri 12. Manipuri 20. Tamil 5. Gujarati 13. Marathi 21. Telugu 6. Hindi 14. Nepali 22. Urdu 7. Kannada 15. Oriya 8. Kashmiri 16. Punjabi
  • OLPC San Francisco Bay Area
  • OLPC-SF resident expert
  • OLPC-SF and SF State University
  • In the quad...
  • On the student union...
  • OLPC-SF at SFSU Downtown Center
  • OLPC-SF and SF State University Meets once a month at SFSU Down Town Center. ● See – IMSA (student association) helps with organizing meetings, donation drives, ● translation jams – Engineering student started OLPC SF XO Repair Center ● See – Internships? ● Volunteers? ● Course projects? ● More... ●
  • How can you help? Educators ● – Translators ● – – Developers ● – Getting involved ● – Sugar ● –
  • Mailing lists Educators ● – Software Developers ● General development – ● Sugar UI – ● All mailing lists are at
  • Community lists Everyone ● – – OLPC San Francisco ● –
  • About the Cover Photo This photo was taken in Bhagmalpur, India on November 3, 2008. I was trying to connect to the Internet using a cell phone. This was the first time a computer from Bhagmalpur had connected to the Internet...ever. I had to go to the roof of the house, where I could get a good cell phone signal, but we had no electricity, so I had to do all this in the light of a kerosene lantern. 5.1 billion of the world's population is still unconnected. Not every one is so lucky to have 24/7 Internet access. -- Sameer Verma