NOW: Contributors Program Mtg! (Fri 2PM Boston time, #olpc-meeting)
holt at laptop.org
Fri Oct 2 14:10:30 EDT 2009
Please join us Right Now reviewing the latest OLPC/Sugar community
projects over IRC Live Chat: (2PM EDT Boston Time Friday)
Then type at bottom:
* New projects & libraries -- teaching them Community Outreach:
* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring?!
* Fast Review of the 6 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
join us advocating for and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:
1. Saint Paul Conservatory/Bloomington Community Lending Library -
(PUBLIC SITE NEEDED off of
Requests 10 XO's over 7 months
*Project Objectives: *After extensive dialogue with a representative
organization; I agreed to do my political science project with OLPC.
to create a One Laptop Per Child “University Chapter” at SPCPA in the
of a school group. My project, through the school group,
would—optimistically—accomplish the following two goals:
A) Our primary goal is to establish a lending library at my high
school, Saint Paul Conservatory, as well as at our local library,
Oxboro Library. In my community of East Bloomington, an overwhelming
of young middle and high school students I would meet at school or at the
local public library are suffering in school because their family
afford to keep a computer at home.
>>How will you divide the XOs among the 2 library sites? It might be
better to choose one or the other as the main base. Each has advantages.
If they are at your school, your school chapter can run the library. If
they are at the public library, both students from your school and
community members would have access. I would suggest they be housed at
your school. Perhaps you could make arrangements for children and
families to request loans via the library (sort of like an interlibrary
loan) and your student group members could deliver them to the library
and pick them up for check-in and maintenance each time they are
returned (really recommended).
For the lending library, we would require ten laptops. The school would
provide me with tech officials to maintain the renting computers and
to store and lend them from. I also have potential “lending library”
clients from the school administration as well.
>>I wouldn't use the word "rent" at all. We assume these are loans made
at no charge to the borrower. They should be responsible for the costs
of repairs, or "replacement" in the unlikely case that they are needed.
These laptops could be rented (lent out?) and used by low-income
students from my school
in need of a computer as well as low-income students from my community in
need of a computer.
Students would have to write a detailed application to use the laptop and
would receive it for no more than one week at a time.
>>I can send you a copy of the loan form I use. You can modify it to
meet your needs.
B) For my second goal, OLPC has given me permission to use their name
and logo in a music video/Public Service Announcement (PSA) that urges
viewers to help close the digital divide by donating to OLPC. This
a music video and a public service announcement, spanning about five
and featuring music I’ve already composed and a script I’ve already
The stars of the video would be actors and instrumental musicians from my
OLPC university group of about ten students. The video would be filmed
using professional equipment—in the film competition I’ve recently won, I
gained access to the Independent Film Producers’ Association, which
me to take a class with them and have access to all of their
ten computers I request would also be used as props in the video.
2. Super Pixel Art Maker - Torrance, California, USA
http://www.takogames.com (NEEDS PAGE SPECIFIC TO PROJECT)
Requests 3 XO's over 18 months
Pixel Art Maker is a simple GUI based Graphic editing application that
focuses on creating pixel art.
We will be doing what we are already doing as professional software
makers. The vision for the project is already set in a clear manner.
It's just matter of implementation. Procedure is also something that
we are already doing for some of other software we are working on.
It is a top down approach where a clear decision maker oversees the
scope of the project and keep the team accountable to the vision and the
scope of the work determined in the design stage. People involved in the
production will constantly compare the process of work to the design doc
which will clearly state the nature of the project and the features of
3. MontanaLinux.org Learning Lab - Bozeman, Montana, USA
Requests 10 XO's over 36 months
The BozemanLUG has a connection with the Computer Science Department and
the Education Department at Montana State University... and some LUG
have experience in both education and programming as well as system
The BillingsLUG has a connection with the folks at Rocky Mountain
The project objective is to set up a lending lab where individuals
state of Montana can request / borrow an OLPC from MontanaLinux.org
requested, can get a presenter to visit and give a custom presentation on
hardware, software and project... in an effort to get more people
in developing software and doing pilot projects at rural schools in
Montana is the 4th largest state in the US but ranks 47th with regards to
population. Montana has a number of rural schools where OLPC pilot
would be welcome... but it will take some effort to grow interest.
4. XO-based School Counseling Lessons - Troy, Ohio, USA
(NEEDS SPECIFC SITE OFF OF http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Projects)
Requests 1 XO over (undetermined) months - SHOULD HE CONSIDER 2?
To create four XO computer-based school
counseling lessons for students ages 10-16 about various topics
academic, career, and sociocultural awareness. These lessons would help
students develop and grow as individuals, breaking stereotypes and
positive alternatives. Lessons Outline:
Lesson 1: Career Education
Students are exposed to several
different careers, the importance of
developing career interests, and
the importance of careers as
related to their futures.
Lesson 2: Tolerance and Diversity
Students exposed to stories of
differing perspectives and the
importance of learning about different cultures. This lesson will
require that students seek out
information from schools in different
areas or countries that have participated in the OLPC program.
Lesson 3: Grief and Loss
Students examine different forms of
grief, and loss.
Lesson 4: Stereotypes, Labels, and Prejudice
Students are exposed to new concepts
and the way in which
stereotypes, labels, and prejudice
can have negative impacts.
5. Hello Laptop, Hello World / Cambridge Friends School Pilot -
Requests 10 XO's over 9 months
This past spring, Hello Laptop Hello World (HLHW) launched a pilot
at the Cambridge Friends School, which was one of the first XO pilot
programs in the Boston area. We worked with all of the 6th grade
implemented a full 1:1 pilot, in which each student had their own XO
This fall, we will be working with all of the 4th graders to implement a
comparable project. The goal of this pilot will be to integrate the
the current curriculum in a seamless way that allows teachers and
to have ownership of the XO and its role in the classroom. An integral
component of this pilot will also be a pre- and post-assessment
will be given to all participating students, as well as a separate
be completed by the instructors, who will be facilitating this pilot.
interested both in the impact of the laptops on student attitude toward
school and their classwork, as well as changes in academic
addition, we will be piloting two new activities, SocialCalc and
and giving student feedback to software developers.
6. Evangel Project - Brasil
(SPECIFIC PROJECT BLOG NEEDED? WHAT TRANSLATIONS WILL BE OFFERED?)
Requests 2 XO's over 4 months
No more a chat only you only have to type a text like messenger,
but you can visit places, express emoticons, change your clothes, make
friends, create rooms. The project is more for children
and for people that is tired of the mass messenger applications , now we
have a new experience, but is not a game, only chat, talk, walk, make
friends, friend list, ...
The project will use a account created on the website
that i will do too, with this account you can login and your profile is
loaded with the friend list and places do visit and talk.
You can create private rooms for meetings between
friends or institutions and only allowed or invited people can enter
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