2PM Boston Time TODAY/Thurs: Brief Contributors Program Mtg (#olpc-meeting)

Holt holt at laptop.org
Fri Jul 10 14:09:17 EDT 2009

Please join us (right now!) reviewing the latest OLPC/Sugar community 
projects over IRC Live Chat, 2PM EDT Boston Time Friday, right here 
right now :)

Then type at bottom:
/join #olpc-meeting


* New Libraries Coming!

* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring?!

* Fast Review of the 10 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
  join us advocating for and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:

1. Small Solutions Big Ideas - MASSACHUSETTS, USA

   Requests 8 XO's for 2 months

   Project Objectives:
   Immediate objective is to raise awareness in Newburyport in order to 
raise money to set up a pilot project in a Kenyan village.

2. Nunnery Education, experimental model - NEPAL

   Requests 3-4 XO's indefinitely

   Project Objectives:
   The objectives of this project may seem ambitious. Jennifer desires 
to teach 60 nuns ages 6-15 basic computer skills, show them how to use 
the XOs, and integrate the XO education programs into the nunnery's 
existing curriculum in 6 weeks. Most likely, a follow-up volunteer will 
continue the work that Jennifer has started as it will be difficult to 
teach so many children these skills to the fullest with only a few XOs. 
However, if the project succeeds and both the nuns and full time 
teachers are receptive to the technology's integration into the 
curriculum, we may ask for more computers in the future. Depending on 
the effectiveness of existing programs, Jennifer may try to develop 
specific Nepali ESL programs for the purposes of this project, and if 
this occurs, she will definitely share the data with OLPC.

3. Moroccan Model XO Lending Library - MOROCCO / UK

   Requests 10 XO's initially?

   Project Objectives:
   Full proposal not yet written (British Moroccan Society)
   OLPC UK is offering them 1 XO to explore/refine their idea.

4. Journal for Sugar 0.86 - RUSSIA

   Requests 1 XO for 24+ months

   Project Objectives:
   Support several projects http://git.sugarlabs.org/users/alsroot
   including core parts of sugar for example Journal for 0.86 release cycle
   Run activities in native XO environment, check performance
   and other XO related issues.

5. GreenThumb - PHILIPPINES

   Requests 2 XO's for 10 months

   Project Objectives:
   Generally, this project aims to develop a Sugar activity that
   can provide teachers an alternative way for demonstrating fundamental
   genetic concepts. This project also aims to inculcate, within the 
child, the
   importance of the environment, how relationships and interactions between
   plants, animals and humans can change (harm or make better) the world.

   Specifically, the project focuses on achieving the following:

   1. To devise a game design incorporating mesh networking to achieve a
   mechanism for sharing of ideas, discussion and collaborative learning.

   2. To design a system architecture for efficient use of memory in
   implementing simulation processes.

   3. To develop a simple, easy-to-use, adaptable and fail-soft User
   Interface encouraging creative exploration among its users.

6. Using the XO Laptop to Teach Agriculture and Science - KENYA

   Requests 10 XO's

   Project Objectives:
   1.    To teach abstract concepts using illustrations from the XO laptop
   2.    To teach the children about different farming methods and tools 
using the XO laptop.
   3.    To develop XO videos showing different livestock breeds and crops.
   4.    To develop a weather chart using the XO for children to help 
teach them how to monitor the weather.

7. Using XO Technology Awareness on HIV/AIDS among children ages 4 – 16 

   Requests 10 XO's

   1.    Develop a curriculum to address the absence of good HIV/AIDS in 
Kenyan education by using the XO interactive and individualized learning 
environment .
   2.    By the end of the program children should be able to know the 
nature of HIV/AIDS and various ways of contracting the disease; describe 
the negative effects; evaluate and make decisions about the ways to 
prevent the spreading of HIV/AIDS
   3.    Students will discuss and learn what it means to live with 
HIV/AIDS or have parents who are ill.
   4.    Identify support groups and organizations

8. Primary XO Curriculum for Kenya: based on early primary basic skills: 
reading and writing - KENYA

   Requests 10 XO's

   Project Objectives:
   1.       This XO laptop project will be formulated based on the 
Kenyan curriculum of primary school education.
   2.       To teach children between the ages of 6 – 14 years basic 
reading and writing skills taking advantage of the engaging exploratory 
aspects of the XO
   3.       To personalize learning such that pupils learn independently
   4.       To make the subjects and lessons student centered
   5.       To improve grammar through dictionaries, spelling, 
pronunciation through voice recording
   6.       To make learning fun such that students get more interested 
rather than bored during lessons
   7.       To improve students’ communication skills
   8.       To improve pupils grades in English and other subjects
   9.       Learning will be made easier or rather practical through the 
use of diagrams and pictures

9. Using the XO Laptop to Aid Teaching of Mathematics - KENYA

   Requests 10 XO's

   Project Objectives:
   The primary goal of this project is to develop a project that will 
aid teachers in Kenyan Primary Schools teach the basic concepts of 
Mathematics in sync with the Kenyan Primary School syllabus using the XO 
laptop. The specific objectives of this project are:
   1.    To improve the ability of children to memorise and enhance the 
use of the basic Mathematical operations, that is +, -, ÷ and × using 
the XO laptop applications.
   2.    To improve children’s ability and understanding of the 
measurement and calculation of area, circumference and perimeter of 
2-dimensional figures and the Surface Area and Volume of 3-dimansional 
objects with the aid of the XO laptop.
   3.    To aid the children in the proper understanding of the topics 
of ratios, percentages and proportions according to the Kenyan Primary 
School syllabus.

10. Kenya Primary School Special Needs Curriculum - KENYA

    Requests 10 XO's

    Project Objectives:
    1.    To create a curriculum based on the Kenyan syllabus for 
Standard 1 & 2 using the XO Activities and learning tools for special 
needs students.
    2.    The create a curriculum that will implement the learning tasks 
of basic math, reading and writing skills with XO available tools 
selected and adapted for the teaching of special needs students.
    3.    To improve the learning retention and reduce frustration so 
that the student can building confidence, bridge his learning gap and 
fully participate in a normal classroom.
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