[Olpc-open] [sugar] [Grassroots-l] G1G1 Pre-installed Activities Request for Help Testing

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sun Sep 21 14:12:06 EDT 2008

On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 6:00 PM, Seth Woodworth <seth at laptop.org> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 12:46 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> In fact, there is a great deal of data from the field in the form of
>> the activity packs that Peru, Uruguay, et al. developed. These
>> collections have been vetted and tested extensively and have a
>> built-in community of support. They are learning-centric collections,
>> but presumably, those G1G1 purchasers who are interested in other
>> pursuits will run Fedora/GNOME or XP.
>> -walter
> I'm not convinced that they are well-tested.  They included News Reader,
> which hasn't worked for the last several releases.  That doesn't suggest to
> me that their activities went through any kind of extensive testing before
> deployment.   They have since been tested in the field by children.  I
> *haven't* seen much feedback from kids yet.  At least not from South
> American and not any broad spectrum.
> ---Seth

In an attempt to make the decision-making process more unbiased (or at
least more multi-criteria) I've put up a basic spreadsheet for a
scoring matrix at

In the spreadsheet, there are three main components. Column B has
factors such as stability, performance, etc to assess against. I just
made these up, but feel free to make your own. The weights (column C)
essentially defines the importance of each factor as a percentage of a
total of 100%. The rest of the columns are for each activity. Feel
free to add your own. Score them on a scale of 1 to 10. Each score
gets weighted and you'll see totals at the bottom. Sort for the totals
in Descending order and skim off the top 10.

There you have it. Multi-criteria decision-making made simple.

Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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