NOW: Contributors Program Mtg! (Fri 2PM Boston time, #olpc-meeting)

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Fri Aug 28 14:03:54 EDT 2009

Please join us Right Now reviewing the latest OLPC/Sugar community 
projects over IRC Live Chat:  (2PM EDT Boston Time Friday)

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* New projects & libraries -- teaching them Community Outreach:

* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring?!

* Fast Review of the 3 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
  join us advocating for and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:

1. XO-Contest - Switzerland

   Requests 30 XO's over 30 months

   Project Objectives:
   All classes, pupils students, scientists, hackers and geeks in
   Switzerland are cordially invited to join the XO-competition. The
   competition consists in the creation of a free choice of written
   work, which has to stand in connection with the project "One
   Laptop per Child". By keeping a diary blog and a final
   publication, this competition should make a substantial
   contribution of Switzerland to the global development project.
   Although the written work is accepted from a variety of fields,
   contributions in the domains of computer science and pedagogy are
   favored. If a submitted project is accepted by the jury, then the
   XOs needed will be borrowed for the duration of the work.
   In spring 2011, all accepted works will be judged by a jury,
   consisting of experts from academia and practice, all standing
   close to the OLPC project. The best works will be awarded, at
   least an extract of the work will be published and the winners
   will receive an XO.  [XO-1.5's are currently being considered
   as "Grand Prize"]

2. Laptop Lending Library Springfield, MA - Massachusetts, USA

   Requests 10 XO's over 12 months

   Project Objectives:
   The objectives of our project, Laptop Lending Library of Springfield, MA,
   are either to provide people in this location with XO Laptops to help
   with their projects, or to introduce these laptops to people in our
   neighborhood and let them evaluate them for a week or so, and tell us
   what they want to see improved, added, or removed. We will then try
   to develop these programs that they want to see added, and try to
   make the programs better that they want to see improved.

3. Children With Special Needs “The Deaf At The Age of 6-12 Years” - 

   Requests 10 XO's over 4+ months

   Project Objectives:

   1. To create a curriculum based on the Kenyan standards of special
   education for children/pupils with ear impediment so that the curriculum
   will help them use XO tools like memorize to help them remember and
   retain what they learned in class but could not be retain because of
   hearing problems

   2. The create a curriculum that will enforce and teach math skills by
   use of mathematics symbols like + - x through the aid of Gcomprise.

   3. To use the write activity to help the children improve their
   writing speed skills and spelling as they continuously do practice
   without necessary being with the teacher.

   4. To use the paint activity to make different drawings that enable
   the deaf children to express themselves well and also draw pictures and
   allow the child to paint them. This enables a connection between the
   teacher and the child since the child is able to express him/herself 

   5. Use turtle art to help the child in making some drawings and as well
   as writing names. This allows the children to be more creative. It also
   helps the pupil increase confidence and hence reduces frustration.

   6. To enable these students to learn pronunciation and vocabulary from
   recorded speech created by the instructors.
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