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OLPC Learning Club DC Jan 2009 Meeting


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OLPC Learning Club DC Jan 2009 Meeting

  1. 1. OLPC Learning Club DC Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, 10am-1pm EST Hosted by Arlington Career Center
  2. 2. Participating Organizations <ul><li>Club Meeting & Jam </li></ul><ul><li>OLPC Learning Club DC </li></ul><ul><li>Nortel Networks DC </li></ul><ul><li>Arlington Career Center </li></ul><ul><li>Gallaudet Research Institute </li></ul><ul><li>“ Etoys in Space” Jam </li></ul><ul><li>Viewpoints Research Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Waveplace Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>NASA </li></ul><ul><li>OLPC Support Gang </li></ul><ul><li>OLPC News </li></ul>
  3. 3. Club Meeting Agenda <ul><li>Introductions & Business </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss radical changes at OLPC </li></ul><ul><li>LEGO WeDo Demo </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the “$98” Alpha 400 </li></ul><ul><li>Backstory on the XOView Viewfinder </li></ul><ul><li>Open time for support & meshing </li></ul><ul><li>“ Jam” 1pm - 6pm </li></ul>
  4. 4. OLPC “Refocusing” Mission
  5. 5. OLPC “Refocusing” Mission <ul><li>1. Development of Generation 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>2. A no-cost connectivity program </li></ul><ul><li>3. A million digital books </li></ul><ul><li>4. Passing on the development of the Sugar Operating System to the community. </li></ul>
  6. 6. OLPC “Refocusing” Mission <ul><li>With regard to deployments: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Latin America will be spun off into a separate support unit </li></ul><ul><li>2. Sub-Saharan Africa will become a major learning hub </li></ul><ul><li>3. [In addition to Sub-Saharan Africa] The Middle East, Afghanistan and Northwestern Pakistan will become a major focus </li></ul><ul><li>Separately, OLPC will be dedicated to bringing the cost of the laptop down to zero for the Least Developed Countries — the $0 Laptop. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The LEGO WeDo Robotics Construction Set
  8. 8. LEGO WeDo Manuals
  9. 9. LEGO WeDo 1.0 Software Interface
  10. 10. The Alpha 400 “$98” Linux Laptop
  11. 11. The Alpha 400 “$98” Linux Laptop Applications: Browser: Bon Echo - based on FireFox Email: Sylpheed 2.4.1 Chatting: Pidgin 2.1.0 eBook reader: FBReader Media Player: Xine - plays mp3, avi, WMA Flash Player: To play downloaded flash-games. Word processor: AbiWord 2.4.5 Spreadsheats: Gnumeric 1.6.3 spreadsheet. PDF Viewer: ePDFView 0.1.6 Image viewer: GQview 2.1.5 Dictionary: Stardict 2.4.8 Calendar: Agenda-type program. Paint Brush: rgbPaint 0.8.7 Saves as .jpg or .png Calculator: galculator v1.3.0 File manager: PCMan File Manager Lightweight file manager. XIPtar: file packager. Handles .zip, .tar, .gz and .bz2 General Features: Ultralite notebook Netbook form factor Linux 2.4 Operating System MIPS XBurst 400 MHz 32-bit CPU 128 MB RAM 1 GB NAND Flash Storage 10/100 MB Ethernet interface 802.11b wireless Supports External Hard Drive up to 160 GB Supports SD Card up to 32 GB Xiptech application software packages (Xip office, Flash player) 7-inch digital panel 800 x 480 true-color Keyboard with TouchPad Supports File Sizes up to 8 MB Built-in SD Card slot Battery Charging Time: 4.5 - 5 hours I/O ports:Three (3) USB ports RJ-45 Ethernet port Headphone in Microphone in Dimensions (closed):1.1 x 8.25 x 5.6-inches
  12. 12. OLPC XO awkward as a camera
  13. 13. My LEGO Viewfinder
  14. 14. Amy demos the LEGO Viewfinder
  15. 15. The Digital Fab Lab at the Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI Phil Carrizzi, Associate Professor Stratsys Dimension 3D Printer (FDM)
  16. 16. The XOView Viewfinder
  17. 17. XOView 1.0 in 3D Printer
  18. 18. The XOView Viewfinder
  19. 19. The XOView Viewfinder 1.1
  20. 20. Some of my favorite people…
  21. 21. The XOView Viewfinder
  22. 22. “ Etoys in Space” Project
  23. 23. Etoys 2 Squeak Etoys running on the XO for the first time Sept 2006
  24. 24. Screenshot Screenshot of Sundial Challenge from XO Laptop
  25. 25. OLPC XO Etoys 3
  26. 26. What is an OLPC Jam? <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  27. 27. Etoys in Space Jam Draft Schedule for 1/17/09 at Arlington Career Center <ul><li>10am - 1pm User Group Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>12pm - 1pm Pizza Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>1pm - 2pm Intro to Etoys in Space </li></ul><ul><li>2pm - 5pm Jam Team QA Review of Activity Files </li></ul><ul><li>5pm - 6pm Team Discussion of Findings </li></ul><ul><li>6pm - 7pm Dinner </li></ul>
  28. 28. Goals of the Etoys in Space Jams <ul><li>Near term: Surface issues with running Etoys in Space Activities on the OLPC XO </li></ul><ul><li>Longer term: Repair all the files to be compatible with OLPC XO </li></ul><ul><li>Build interest and excitement in the Learning Club for Jams and Etoys </li></ul><ul><li>Foster understanding of open source concepts in a diverse and inclusive learning club </li></ul>
  29. 29. Initial Observations of NASA Squeak Web Activities Running on OLPC XO Sugar OS 8.2.1, Etoys 3 <ul><li>Slow load time on some activities </li></ul><ul><li>New Etoys menu bar interferes with activity content objects </li></ul><ul><li>Text in some text blocks overflows </li></ul><ul><li>Animation sprites sometimes run slowly </li></ul><ul><li>Layouts for 1024x768 now feel cramped </li></ul><ul><li>1024x768 background images repeat </li></ul><ul><li>Some pages on NASA Connect web site don’t fit on XO screen </li></ul>
  30. 30. Jam-related Takeaways from the Nortel Conference Call 1/9/2009 <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>But he would not only like bugs noted, he also wants suggestions for improving overall usability and the interactive learning experience. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>He provided a link to a site where the activities had been translated into Spanish. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Software Review Approach <ul><li>Review supporting content on NASA Squeak web site </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate learning experience (adult, parent, teacher perspective) </li></ul><ul><li>Note usability issues </li></ul><ul><li>Log bugs </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm new ideas for content and interaction </li></ul>
  32. 32. Etoys 3 as shipped with Update 8.2.0 (Fall 2008) Etoys 3 as shipped with Update 8.2.0 (Fall 2008) Help Editable name of current project Previous project Make Painting Supplies Undo Choose language Enable network sharing Find entry in Journal. Hold down for other options. Keep current project Stop and Quit Etoys Help flap – Etoys Quick Guides
  33. 33. Links <ul><li>Etoys in Space Site Map & Content Inventory </li></ul><ul><li>OLPC Learning Club DC </li></ul>
  34. 34. Where the Learning Club Meets Arlington Career Center Gallaudet University Nortel Networks