[OLPC-SF] New user support request

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 19:01:40 EDT 2009

On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 9:57 AM, J Nauss <jnauss at lwhs.org> wrote:
> Hello, I am a high school teacher and new user to the OLPC and will be
> helping to lead a student project in Keur Sadaro, Senegal in June
> (short notice, I know). There were 25 OLPCs brought over last year
> that are not in use but will be this summer when the wireless mesh
> network is completed. We will bring an additional 20 or so OLPCs.


> Due to a pre-scheduled vacation, I am unable to attend the April SF
> meeting, but I was wondering if there is anyone with time and energy
> to help me get started.

Yes, I can.

> While I am able to sort out the basics, I am
> finding that most of the Activities do not have instructions, or the
> instructions explain what the program does but not how to do it. One
> even says, "If you are computer savvy and play with it long enough,
> you can figure it out." This won't be useful in Senegal.

Which Activities do you need help with?

> More specifically:
> 1. Are there actual instructions for some of the more complex
> activities?

See the Sugar activity guides at http://www.flossmanuals.net/, and let
us know what else you need.

> 2. Are there lesson plans/unit plans?

Not a lot, but yes, some. I assume that you need all subjects. I
recommend that you join some of the mailing lists at


that match your needs, such as Content, Grassroots, and IAEP (It's An
Education Project). You can browse the archives to see if they suit
you. I suggest that you introduce yourself and your project, then in a
separate message for each, ask your questions with appropriate subject

> 3. I have downloaded the user manual - is it available in other
> languages?

I don't see any, but there are plans for them. Which languages do you
need? Wait, ethnologue.org...Senegal...National or official languages:
Balanta-Ganja, Hassaniyya, Jola-Fonyi, Mandinka, Mandjak, Mankanya,
Noon, Pulaar, Serer-Sine, Soninke, Wolof, French. I have an idea how
we can get them all in French, since FLOSS Manuals has resources in
France. For the others, it depends on recruiting local talent. Is
French the language of instruction?

> 4. Are there new user training sessions offered other than the one
> Saturday each month?

Not around here.

> Thank you!
> Jenny Nauss
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