One Laptop per Child and Sugar: Collaborative, Joyful and Self-empowered Learning


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The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has had several beginnings. The idea has roots in the 60s. It gained momentum in the last 15 years. OLPC released the idea to the world in 2005, and its first product in 2007. A lot has changed since then. We'll look at an update on the projects, learning through robotics, assessment through learning analytics, offline mirco-clouds, HTML5 apps, Sugar on tablets and Raspberry Pi, and other new initiatives. In a world of cheap, Android-driven tablets, how does the idea of OLPC fit? What role does the Sugar learning platform continue to play inside and outside of OLPC? Help us grow the initiatives so that children of the world may continue to have a chance at collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning.

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One Laptop per Child and Sugar: Collaborative, Joyful and Self-empowered Learning

  1. 1. One Laptop per Child and Sugar: Collaborative, Joyful, and Self-empowered Learning Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Professor Information Systems Unless noted otherwise
  2. 2. me @sameerverma
  3. 3. Teach Computer Networks and Databases, Media Creation, Content Management and Delivery. Free and Open Source, Creative Commons, Licensing, Collaborative Methodologies. IT Strategy, Compliance, IT Audit, Governance, Identity Management.
  4. 4. Research Diffusion and Adoption of Innovative Technologies
  5. 5. Service The Commons Initiative at SF State
  6. 6. OLPC San Francisco Afghanistan Armenia Haiti Honduras India Jamaica Madagascar Pakistan Philippines Senegal South Africa Uganda Tuva San Francisco
  7. 7. I work directly with... Afghanistan Armenia Haiti Honduras India Jamaica Madagascar Pakistan Philippines Senegal South Africa Uganda Tuva San Francisco
  8. 8. Bhagmalpur, India
  9. 9. August Town, Jamaica
  10. 10. Bulun Bazhy, Tuva
  11. 11. OLPC
  12. 12. Mission OLPC's mission is to empower the world's children through education We aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.
  13. 13. Worldwide 40+ countries, 30+ languages, 3 million laptops, 350+ applications
  14. 14. Grounded in Education Built from the ground up, for one purpose
  15. 15. Around the world...
  16. 16. School Galadima, Abuja City, Nigeria See
  17. 17. Samkha village located in the suburbs of northern Thailand See
  18. 18. Khairat school is India's pilot site. See
  19. 19. Mongolia. See
  20. 20. Ethiopia See
  21. 21. Afghanistan refugee camp, Pakistan
  22. 22. Colombia. See
  23. 23. Peru. See
  24. 24. Rwanda. See
  25. 25. Iraq. See
  26. 26. Haiti. See
  27. 27. Solomon Islands. See
  28. 28. Nepal. See
  29. 29. Uruguay. See
  30. 30. Australia Australia. See
  31. 31. West Bank, Palestine. UN Relief and Works Agency See
  32. 32. Deployments worldwide ~ 3 million See Google Maps Also see:
  33. 33. Seymour Papert
  34. 34. 2005 Kofi Annan and Nicholas Negroponte, World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Tunis, Tunisia. Nov 16, 2005
  35. 35. Mission and Principles Free and Open Source Software
  36. 36. OLPC Partners
  37. 37. OLPC Partners
  38. 38. Memorandum of Understanding
  39. 39. Research and Service
  40. 40. Pilot Studies
  41. 41. August Town Primary School
  42. 42. Providence Basic School
  43. 43. Mission House Basic School
  44. 44. Moneague College
  45. 45. Memorandum of Understanding
  46. 46. Rural and Remote Bhagmalpur (भभागमलपपुर) village, District Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India lat + long =
  47. 47. On the Internet. First time ever. Circa 2008.
  48. 48. Rural and Remote.
  49. 49. Rural and Remote.
  50. 50. 1300+ TED videos offline.
  51. 51. Caste no bar.
  52. 52. The State of Hardware XO-1 XO-1.5 XO-1.75 XO-4 x86 AMD Geode 433MHz x86 VIA 1GHz ARM Marvell Armada610 SoC 800MHz Single core ARM Marvell PXA2128 SoC 1GHz Multi-core Touch
  53. 53. Hardware th 4 generation OLPC XO laptop Multi-core ARM Touchscreen Wi-Fi(n), Camera, Microphone, Sensors, Laptop/Tablet, USB, HDMI... Robust, built for a kid!
  54. 54. Software, Content and Learning
  55. 55. Sugar Learning Environment
  56. 56. Word Processor
  57. 57. Search for a Book
  58. 58. Read a Book Text-to-speech can read highlighted parts of the book to the child
  59. 59. Paint a Picture Done with a real paintbrush. No capacitive stylus required. Even a twig will do!
  60. 60. Browse the Web
  61. 61. Work with Sensors
  62. 62. Simulate with Physics
  63. 63. Telescope
  64. 64. Magnifier
  65. 65. Audio, Photo, Video
  66. 66. Scratch and Lego Robots
  67. 67. Abacus
  68. 68. Music
  69. 69. Geometry with TurtleArt
  70. 70. Journal
  71. 71. Desktop for Secondary Schools
  72. 72. LibreOffice Productivity Suite
  73. 73. GIMP graphics editor
  74. 74. Languages Translate: 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, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Vietnamese, Walloon, Wolof, Yoruba Approx. 100+ languages
  75. 75. Architecture beyond the XO Central management for orchestration, monitoring and analytics is done in the cloud. Micro-cloud appliance at school acts as a local mirror for content and management Laptop with child has some offline content. It works in school and can go home. Cloud Micro-Cloud
  76. 76. Micro Cloud Appliance at the School Micro-Cloud Micro-cloud appliance at school acts as a local mirror for content and management. Several services such as backup/restore, caching, filtering, traffic management, and data metrics run seamlessly at the school. The appliance is a plug-and-play device. It can handle intermittent connectivity.
  77. 77. Appliance? FitPC XO 1.75 in a briefcase! Jetway JBC372F36W-S
  78. 78. Learning Management System Based on Moodle ( Runs at the micro-cloud at school and serves content even when offline.
  79. 79. Digital library Based on Pathagar ( Runs at the micro-cloud at school and serves ebooks even when offline.
  80. 80. Internet-in-a-Box Runs at the micro-cloud at school and serves Wikipedia, Maps, Khan Academy videos even when offline.
  81. 81. Monitoring, Orchestration and Analytics
  82. 82. Three levels of management Cloud (central management) Cloud Micro-Cloud At School (micro-cloud appliance) With the Child (Journal)
  83. 83. Theft Deterrence
  84. 84. Monitoring
  85. 85. School micro-cloud orchestration Each school appliance is provisioned and managed by a central service running on Puppet Puppetlabs, Inc. - Server automation tool. - Express system configuration. - Client and server distributed model. At School Cloud
  86. 86. Cloud-based Usage Analytics Dashboard (being developed at University of the West Indies, Jamaica) Cloud What happens at each school? ?
  87. 87. Each child’s work is automatically stored in a Journal on her laptop
  88. 88. Micro-Cloud This work is distilled into metrics at the school micro-cloud appliance
  89. 89. Metrics from school appliances are synced with the cloud to generate analytics Micro-Cloud Micro-Cloud Micro-Cloud Cloud
  90. 90. What happens when the Internet connection breaks or slows down? Micro-Cloud Micro-Cloud Cloud x x Micro-Cloud x
  91. 91. We use “eventual consistency” (via CouchDB) to synchronize data between each school and the cloud. Micro-Cloud Micro-Cloud Micro-Cloud Cloud
  92. 92. Analytics – Usage Frequency and Time of Day
  93. 93. Analytics – Usage by Day of the Week
  94. 94. Beyond OLPC
  95. 95. Sugar on Linux Distributions ● Sweets for Ubuntu: – ● Debian: – ● Fedora: – ● Linux Mint: –
  96. 96. VirtualBox
  97. 97. Sugar on a Stick
  98. 98. Sugar on Raspberry Pi
  99. 99. Sugar on tablets ● ● Tricky! Sugar on Ubuntu Desktop (not Ubuntu Touch) for ARM running on a Nexus 7. ● X-org and GTK dependencies. ● Android?
  100. 100. Sugar on the Web Works better in Chrome. GitHub:
  101. 101. Apps Co-exist ● Sugar shell ● Activities in Python ● Activities in HTML5 + JavaScript + CSS
  102. 102. Volunteers and Projects Find one in your neighborhood. Antarctica too!
  103. 103. Imagine.