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

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Thu Sep 25 13:06:13 EDT 2008

On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 12:04 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 1:12 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> 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
>> 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/
> I've added a new set of factors to the spreadsheet which now reflects
> the list from http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Creating_an_activity#Include_your_Activity_in_the_core.3F
> This list is row 41 and below.
> Before I go on and add more to it, is anyone interested in building
> this further?
BTW, the spreadsheet is at


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