[olpc-help] OLPC User's Manual

Ixo X oxI ixo at myna.ws
Sat Feb 16 05:57:40 EST 2008

How about a change in paradigm for Activities ?

Have a 'help' menu, with three items under it.
  -> Keyboard shortcuts      <-
  -> Visit online information  <-  (Would go to
  -> About ACTIVITY NAME <-

This last one would have a local screen or too (total!)
   - describing the Activity, and version number (date of last update)
   - a short description of what it does
   - what it teaches/learning by the user
   - A few examples of what can be done
   - How to share/show/teach others how to use it
   - and credit to major contributors

I could start it, by proposing some edits to the Browse activity, and we
could all pitch in with the description and overview...  :-)  Who's in with
me, to show the shortcuts for Browse! :)


On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 1:46 PM, Steve Holton <sph0lt0n at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey Dawn-  Welcome aboard.
> I'm guessing you've already see the Getting Started guide:
> http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/
> When used 'in the field' one of the stated goals is to create a system
> which is discoverable so that there doesn't need to be a teacher
> around to explain how to do things. But what a Mongolian child has
> which you lack is a community of friends who have already 'discovered'
> neat things about their own XO's and are willing to share.
> That's where we come in.
> Let's have a conversation. We should let others listen-in as well, so
> they can learn, and so they can teach.
> What sorts of things interest you (or your child)? Or would you prefer
> we just all chime-in with "hey, I know something neat..."
> Email isn't really the best way to hold a conversation, you should
> pop-by the IRC channels
> - http://en.forum.laptop.org/chat/
> and just type something like "how do I use TamTam"...
> (Which reminds me: I know something neat! Leave the XO up and showing
> the Neighborhood screen while you drive to work.  XO Wardriving,
> anyone?)
> On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 4:27 PM, Dawn Boyer <yeah_whatever at comcast.net>
> wrote:
> >
> > The concept of OLPC is fantastic but we're really disappointed with the
> time
> > spent trying to figure out how different activities work.  Is there a
> > step-by-step instruction manual for the activities?  Everything I find
> > on-line is either an overview of what the program can do (but not how to
> do
> > it)  or what it will be able to do in the future.
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