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  • 1. 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
  • 2. hint hint : underlying message Collaborative Commons: A Big Picture View
  • 3. the OLPC story
  • 4. 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
  • 5. far and wide
  • 6. Multiple hats...
  • 7. July 2007 The first time I actually saw the OLPC XO laptop.
  • 8. 1.4 million + See Google Maps Deployments worldwide Also see: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Property:Number_of_manufactured_laptops
  • 9. Sabbatical leave Research agenda Teaching perspective travels
  • 10. Jamaica
  • 11.  
  • 12. Resident artist in Khairat , India
  • 13. Khairat school is India's first pilot site. See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_India
  • 14. Khairat school is India's pilot site. See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_India
  • 15. Bhagmalpur project
    • Location:
        • Village: Bhagmalpur
        • 16. District: Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh
        • 17. Railway Station: Shahganj
        • 18. Bus Stop: Banuwadeeh
    • School:
    http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Bhagmalpur
  • 23. What's a laptop?
  • 24. Under a tree...
  • 25. OLPC Headquarters (1CC) 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 26. Little green machines...
  • 27. Cost Electricity Networks Content Languages Pedagogy Age Security Theft Appropriateness ... The challenges
  • 28. Cost US $140 at the factory My Lenovo Thinkpad cost me > US $2500
  • 29. Electricity Non-traditional sources...
  • 30. Yo Yo Charger http://www.potenco.com/products
  • 31. Hand Crank Charger http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Peripherals/Hand_Crank
  • 32. Pedal power OLPC Afghanistan http://www.olpc.af/images/HPM/dscf1324.jpg
  • 33. Solar Panel http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Product_News#Solar_Panels 5 Watt/14Volt panel
  • 34. Moo power... http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Cow_Power
  • 35. Networks Offline technology Rise of the Sneakernets High Capacity Solid-State Storage
  • 36. 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)
  • 37. Language Diversity
    • Example: India has 28 states and 7 union territories
      • The Constitution of India recognizes 22 languages
    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
  • 38. 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/
  • 39. Pedagogy http://www.sugarlabs.org/ Constructivism, Constructionism, Social Media, ...
  • 40. school...to go
  • 41. not that different...
  • 42. Educational device or trojan horse? Surprise! Its a REAL computer. It can do REAL computer things!
  • 43. OLPC San Francisco Bay Area http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SanFranciscoBayArea http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc-sf
  • 44. OLPC-SF Deployments
    • Exchange of ideas, plans, content, enthusiasm...
    • 45. Deployments
      • Afghanistan (Carol Ruth Silver)
      • 46. Jamaica (Sameer Verma/Univ. of the West Indies)
      • 47. Madagascar (June Kleider)
      • 48. India (Humaira Mahi & Sameer Verma/SFSU)
      • 49. Senegal (Drew and Lick-Wilmerding Schools)
      • 50. South Africa (EduWeavers)
      • 51. San Francisco (Starr King Elementary)
  • 52. OLPC-SF resident expert
  • 53. OLPC-SF and SF State University
  • 54. In the quad...
  • 55. On the student union...
  • 56. OLPC-SF at SFSU Downtown Center
  • 57. OLPC-SF and SF State University
    • Meets once a month at SFSU Down Town Center.
      • See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SanFranciscoBayArea
    • IMSA (student association) helps with organizing meetings, donation drives, translation jams
      • http://imsa.sfsu.edu/
    • Engineering student started OLPC SF XO Repair Center
      • See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SF_Repair
    • Internships?
    • 58. Volunteers?
    • 59. Course projects?
    • 60. More...
  • 61. hidden agenda
  • 62. OLPC Lending Library
    • New! http://opensource.sfsu.edu/olpc
    • 63. Library Media Services has 10 XO laptops
      • Loan to students, staff and faculty
      • 64. HSS 127
      • 65. You get:
    • Join the community!
  • 68. the Drupal story... it began with a meeting with Jonathan Rood in 2000...
  • 69. Home-grown portals - circa 2000 CE Homegrown Linux + Apache+ MySQL + PHP portal
  • 70. the push for Drupal
    • Drupal-based sites
      • http://opensource.sfsu.edu (all things FOSS)
      • 71. http://is.sfsu.edu (Departmental needs)
      • 72. http://imsa.sfsu.edu (Student organization)
      • 73. http://bie.sfsu.edu (Federal Grant)
      • 74. http://southasia.sfsu.edu (Campus institute)
      • 75. http://cob.sfsu.edu/blog (Dean's blog)
  • 76. Analysis of CMS/Portals
      • Varut Aphaisuwan's study and graduate thesis
      • 77. Weighted scoring model
      • 78. Three contenders (Drupal had the highest score)
  • 79. Drupal's growth
    • OSCON 2005 - Presentation by Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal
    • 80. Parallel efforts?
      • Creative Arts
      • 81. BSS Computing
    • Recent events
      • Kevin O'Brien
      • 82. Bay Area Drupal Camp hosted at SFSU by IMSA ( http://imsa.sfsu.edu )
  • 83. Community of Practice
    • Drupal Community of Practice
      • http://drupal.sfsu.edu
      • 84. Meets once a month
      • 85. A platform to share initiatives, techniques, code
      • 86. Solve similar problems
    • Different solutions
      • Centrally hosted
      • 87. Multi-site
      • 88. Locally hosted, but centrally supported?
  • 89. putting 2 and 2 together
    • Purpose of these projects
      • Supply-based or Demand-driven?
    • Solving SFSU problems/opportunities
      • Demand driven
    • Tinkering with code
      • Discovery-based
    • Introductions
      • Supply, meet Demand. Demand, meet Supply.
  • 90. Map of projects Note the common underlying technologies
  • 91. Commons
    • Software: Free and Open Source
    • 92. Content: Creative Commons
    • 93. Infrastructure is commodity
  • 96. Collaborative
    • A commons has limited scope without collaboration
    • 97. Collaboration keeps the commons alive.
      • Sharing ideas
      • 98. Massive feedback loops
    • Unless it flows freely, collaborative frameworks don't scale.
  • 99. Brown bag it! Fostering a collaborative commons on campus Food and ideas go well together Host a Brown Bag session today!

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