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

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sun Sep 21 15:11:06 EDT 2008

On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 1:59 PM, rihoward1 at gmail.com
<rihoward1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sep 21, 2008, at 11:12 AM, Sameer Verma wrote:
>> 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
>> http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p_Xhb6KcXLyEViA50CnCaDg&hl=en
> Well I logged in to google docs, but I cannot edit this spreadsheet.  I
> wanted to add Chat to the matrix as this activity is an extremely useful
> communication tool for both children and adults.  I know G1G1 users that
> spend at least 80% of their XO usage  with Chat and they have reported to me
> that they have observed children having a wonderful time using Chat to
> communicate with their friends even when their friends  were in the same
> room.

I've made it world-editable. Alternatively, you can download the
spreadsheet and play with it in Excel or OpenOffice.

> Gmail activity seems redundant as Gmail is reachable from Browse.

Yes, but it exists. Feel free to add as many activities as needed.

>> 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.
>> Sameer
>> --
>> Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
>> Associate Professor of Information Systems
>> San Francisco State University
>> San Francisco CA 94132 USA
>> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
>> http://opensource.sfsu.edu/
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