From Hobby to Passion: One Laptop Per Child


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From Hobby to Passion: One Laptop Per Child

  1. from hobby to passion: one laptop per child - Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
  2. One Laptop Per Child From hobby to passion Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Presentation: Associate Professor Faculty Retreat Information Systems Department SFSU Downtown Campus San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA 94132 USA Creative commons license
  3. OLPC Mission: two videos Principles and Child Empowerment – The XO Laptop, design for learning –
  4. me
  5. July 2007
  6. Somebody is finally thinking of the children!
  7. 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
  8. A different generation...
  9. School Galadima, Abuja City, Nigeria See
  10. Samkha village located in the suburbs of northern Thailand See
  11. Khairat school is India's pilot site. See
  12. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  13. Ethopia
  14. Ghana
  15. Cameroon
  16. Afghanistan
  17. Colombia
  18. Peru
  19. Rwanda
  20. Iraq
  21. Haiti
  22. Solomon Islands
  23. Nepal
  24. Deployments worldwide
  25. Deployments worldwide ... ...
  26. go
  28. Journal
  29. Activities Write ● A simple word processor – Chat ● Similar to Google Talk – Browse ● Firefox-based – Record ● stills and video – More activities...
  30. 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
  31. OLPC XO-1
  32. XO Board
  33. Yo Yo Charger
  34. Hand Crank Charger
  35. Solar Panel 5 Watt/14Volt panel
  36. Mesh Networking Mesh does not require central hub-like ● infrastructure Wireless mesh works even when the computer ● sleeps Based on an early draft of IEEE 802.11s
  37. 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 ●
  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, 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
  39. 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 –
  40. Presence Everyone has the potential for being both a ● learner and a teacher. Employs a mesh network that interconnects all ● laptops within range. Telepathy framework – Telepathy-gabble for using a Jabber server across the ● Internet – Telepathy-salut for p2p/mesh collaboration ● –
  41. Tools of Expression The laptop is a quot;thing to think withquot; ● Principle of quot;learning through doingquot; ● Constructivist learning ● –
  42. A sidenote... Remember seeing this in iLearn? ● Interesting facts: 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.
  43. India
  44. Resident artist!
  45. Khairat school is India's pilot site. See
  46. Khairat school is India's pilot site. See
  47. Khairat Photos
  48. 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 ●
  49. Electricity and Internet Access Unreliable grid ● Some times it works... – ...mostly it doesn't – Limited electricity ● Scheduled breaks – Battery inverters – 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).
  50. Under a tree model Mesh “under a tree” model. See slide 7 at
  51. Bhagmalpur photos Bhagmalpur School Bhagmalpur Village
  52. 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
  53. Jamaica
  54. OLPC Headquarters 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  55. OLPC San Francisco Bay Area
  56. OLPC-SF resident expert
  57. OLPC-SF and SF State University
  58. In the quad...
  59. On the student union...
  61. OLPC-SF and SF State University Meets once a month at SFSU DTC. ● See – IMSA helps with organizing meetings, donation drives, translation jams ● – Engineering student started OLPC SF XO Repair Center ● See – OLPC “course” on iLearn. Drop me a note to join: ● Internships? ● Volunteers? ● Course projects? ● More... ●
  62. How can you help? Educators ● – Translators ● – – Developers ● – Getting involved ● – Sugar ● –
  63. Contributor Program OLPC Contributor Program is designed to get ● you a XO laptop in exchange for contribution. The info you will need for applying: Project ● Propose ● Other contributors ● Apply at: Audience or impact ● Brief description ● Relevant experience & other projects ● Contact information ● # of XOs needed, and their use ●
  64. Mailing lists Educators ● – Software Developers ● General development – ● Sugar UI – ● All mailing lists are at
  65. Community lists Everyone ● – – OLPC San Francisco ● –
  66. free, open, creative, meritocratic, peer-reviewed, educational, innovative participate you
  67. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. --mohandas k. gandhi
  68. meritocracy rules!
  69. This presentation is made with OpenOffice.Org Impress. Its your intellectual property. Keep it open. You have a choice. Vote with your fingers.