[Health] Health books

Mel Chua mel at melchua.com
Fri Apr 25 03:20:40 EDT 2008

I made a stub page for health books that Chris found tonight that need 
to be edited and made into a content bundle. They're pretty neat - they 
take potentially lifesaving but usually-presented-as-boring materials 
like "how to care for someone with a fever" and rewrite them as 
childrens' stories which are... actually somewhat entertaining.


The page has some thoughts on what needs to be done (which is mainly a 
strawman begging for improvement) - Lynne May (a teacher, also my aunt) 
has enthusiastically volunteered to figure out what needs to be done to 
make these books more useful for OLPC Health and other audiences, to do 
at least some of the editing that's needed, and to help us use this as a 
good example of curricular design thinking in general.

It's a good opportunity to prototype some good learning activities that 
could potential be supported by short videos / Activities (in the 
software / computer-game sense) simulating... the spread of germs, or a 
nutrition planner, or whatever other assorted optional resources we can 
think of. That's pretty ambitious, though, and in the short term I'd 
just love to have these as an activity bundle. (And then find a way for 
that bundle to get used with actual kids - that's the next fun part.)

I'd really like to do this by the weekend after next (the first weekend 
in May) so we can print, bind, and show off copies at the Cambridge 
Science Festival. (Hello, Edward!) Perhaps some of the folks coming to 
Linuxfest Northwest might want to pitch in. (Hello, Iain!)

Anyway, another thing out there now - Health is picking up momentum (w00t!)


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