OLPC Lending Library and Drupal: Collaborative Commons
OLPC Lending Library & Drupal Content Management System Presentation: Education Technology Advisory Committee San Francisco State University December 2009 Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Associate Professor Information Systems Department San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA 94132 USA
hint hint : underlying message Collaborative Commons: A Big Picture View
Somebody is finally thinking of the children! To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. — OLPC Mission Statement, It's an education project, not a laptop project. — Nicholas Negroponte
Networks Offline technology Rise of the Sneakernets High Capacity Solid-State Storage
Content Open content standards (SCORM, IMS-CP) Creative Commons English Wikipedia < 4GB 1.6 million books from the Internet Archive Moodle in tight spaces (yes, that Moodle)
Language Diversity <ul><li>Example: India has 28 states and 7 union territories </li><ul><li>The Constitution of India recognizes 22 languages </li></ul></ul>1. Assamese 2. Bengali 3. Bodo 4. Dogri 5. Gujarati 6. Hindi 7. Kannada 8. Kashmiri 9. Konkani 10. Maithili 11. Malayalam 12. Manipuri 13. Marathi 14. Nepali 15. Oriya 16. Punjabi 17. Sanskrit 18. Santhali 19. Sindhi 20. Tamil 21. Telugu 22. Urdu
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, Solomon Islands Pidgin, Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Templates, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Vietnamese, Walloon, Wolof, Yoruba, pseudo L10n Approx. 90+ languages Tutorial: http://opensource.sfsu.edu/node/452 Translate: http://translate.sugarlabs.org/
Pedagogy http://www.sugarlabs.org/ Constructivism, Constructionism, Social Media, ...
OLPC-SF and SF State University <ul><li>Meets once a month at SFSU Down Town Center. </li><ul><li>See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SanFranciscoBayArea </li></ul><li>IMSA (student association) helps with organizing meetings, donation drives, translation jams </li><ul><li>http://imsa.sfsu.edu/ </li></ul><li>Engineering student started OLPC SF XO Repair Center </li><ul><li>See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SF_Repair </li></ul><li>Internships?
Locally hosted, but centrally supported? </li></ul></ul>
putting 2 and 2 together <ul><li>Purpose of these projects </li><ul><li>Supply-based or Demand-driven? </li></ul><li>Solving SFSU problems/opportunities </li><ul><li>Demand driven </li></ul><li>Tinkering with code </li><ul><li>Discovery-based </li></ul><li>Introductions </li><ul><li>Supply, meet Demand. Demand, meet Supply. </li></ul></ul>
Map of projects Note the common underlying technologies
Commons <ul><li>Software: Free and Open Source