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

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Fri Nov 13 14:24:38 EST 2009

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

Then type at bottom:
/join #olpc-meeting


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

* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring below?!

* Fast Review of the 2 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
  join us advocating for, and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:

1. XO Technology to establish a Computer Center and teach IT skills - 
Morocco / Cambridge, MA, USA

   Requests 8 XOs over 7 months

   Project Objectives:

   1. To introduce children to laptops and establish basic proficiency in IT

   2. Establish computer skills with teaching staff for the future
      establishment of a computer center

   3. Use xo software to teach the children about international 
countries and
      cultures using multimedia.

   4. Establish an avenue for children to pursue personal interests 
outside of
      the classroom

   5. Habituate children to using the computer to completing classroom
      assignments and personal projects by allowing them to sign out 
laptops and
      integrate them into their lives

   6. Emphasize the importance of IT skills in future occupations

   7. Use the xo laptop to enhance confidence in personal computing 
      for the students

   8. Expose children to occupations that require computing skills and 
      them to broaden their career opportunities

2. Kenya-improving school attendance and performance

   Requests 8-10 XO's over 1-2 months

   Project Objectives:

   1. Equip teachers and pupils with basic computer skills using the XO 
   2. Improve understanding and performance of science subjects.
   3. Actively engaging children in their learning process.
   4. Increase school attendance rate in rural schools.
   5. Introducing another medium of learning and communication using XO 

3. Project of Training and facilitaing Internet Access to Rural Kids in 

   Requests 10 XO's over 12 months

   Project Objectives:
   Connect the rural area with the rest of the world with internet
   Train the kids the basics of computers in order to use it properly 
and efficiently
   Offer a library to kids who don’t have access to books
   Facilitate the kids research on the net
   Link the congolese kids with the others around the world (pen pal)
   Develop the thinking’s of kids from others experiences
   30 kids will be trained per months and while the newcomers are 
trained, the former will be surfing on the net

4. OLPC Philippines: Kindling Discoveries Pilot Program

   Requests 11 XO's over 48 months

   Project Objectives:

   1. Successfully design and deploy a scalable and sustainable, 
research-based pilot program in an elementary public school with an 
inaugural class of 35 students.
   2. Use good and best practices from initial pilot program to support 
XO deployment programs throughout the Philippines.
   3. Facilitate development of Philippine-centric content for XO 
laptops with partner academic institutions and volunteer developers.
   4. Grow community of different stakeholders/supporters ranging from 
educators, academic institutions, developers, business leaders, 
philanthropist, etc. that can support future deployment and content 
   5. Share best deployment practices and valuable content for the 
benefit of the global OLPC community.
   6. Contribute interactive ebooks and games made by children for 
children, using Sugar and Etoys applications, to the OLPC community.
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