from hobby to passion: one laptop per child - Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
One Laptop Per Child
From hobby to passion
Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Information Systems Department
SFSU Downtown Campus
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
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.
A simple word processor
Similar to Google Talk
stills and video
More activities... http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities
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
Hand Crank Charger
5 Watt/14Volt panel
Mesh does not require central hub-like
Wireless mesh works even when the computer
Based on an early draft of IEEE 802.11s
FOSS: Free and Open Source
When the project started FOSS was the only
option that was flexible enough for this project
No vendor lock-in on formats
No royalties on redistribution
No discrimination based on fields of endeavor
Scalable global model for software and content
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,
Solomon Islands Pidgin, Sotho, Spanish,
http://opensource.sfsu.edu/node/452 Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Templates,
Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur,
Translate: Vietnamese, Walloon, Wolof, Yoruba,
Approx. 90+ languages
Activities, Not Applications
There are no software applications. The laptop
focuses children around quot;activities.quot;
Activities are distinct from applications in their
focus —collaboration and expression
Abiword becomes Write
Firefox becomes Browse
Everyone has the potential for being both a
learner and a teacher.
Employs a mesh network that interconnects all
laptops within range.
Telepathy-gabble for using a Jabber server across the
Telepathy-salut for p2p/mesh collaboration
Tools of Expression
The laptop is a quot;thing to think withquot;
Principle of quot;learning through doingquot;
Remember seeing this in iLearn?
ilearn is based on Moodle. From Moodle's site:
Moodle is a software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites.
It is a world-wide, ongoing development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education.
Electricity and Internet Access
Some times it works...
...mostly it doesn't
Internet access is expensive
Offline Moodle and Wikislice will be very important
Offline content will be critical to the project's
success (currently an undersold point).
Under a tree model
Mesh “under a tree” model.
See slide 7 at http://wiki.laptop.org/images/a/a3/Country_Technical_Support.pdf
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-SF and SF State University
Meets once a month at SFSU DTC.
IMSA helps with organizing meetings, donation drives, translation jams
Engineering student started OLPC SF XO Repair Center
OLPC “course” on iLearn. Drop me a note to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you help?
OLPC Contributor Program is designed to get
you a XO laptop in exchange for contribution.
The info you will need for applying:
Audience or impact
Relevant experience & other projects
# of XOs needed, and their use
All mailing lists are at http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/
OLPC San Francisco
free, open, creative, meritocratic, peer-reviewed,
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
--mohandas k. gandhi