[Olpc-uk] OLPC (UK) Update - July 5, 2009
Faisal Sadeq Khan
olpc at sadeq.me.uk
Sun Jul 5 16:52:22 EDT 2009
I would like to add that Richard Rothwell has recently joined the marketing
<http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_UK/Marketing>He will help us manage the
Thanks Richard for joining :)
One Laptop per Child (OLPC)
"Opening new opportunities to children the world over."
2009/7/5 Faisal Sadeq Khan <olpc at sadeq.me.uk>
> Hi Warren,
> Thanks for the update. Are you able to put this onto the wiki? If you need
> help let us know.
> You mentioned the development of a curriculum and application team. I am
> not aware of this. Can you point me to any info on this? Much appreciated.
> Thanks to Dom we should have a website soon.
> A key initiative for the marketing and pr team would be the development of
> a *Strategic Marketing Plan. Something I will discuss with the current
> marketing team.*
> I have also been speaking to a few schools in two of the poorest boroughs
> in the uk: tower hamlets and hackney, they have expressed interest. However,
> I shall put off until the pilot described below has been completed,
> hopefully be cited as an example of a successful pilot to the schools I have
> been in discussions with.
> Informally, I have spoken to a representative from a non-profit technology
> company in the development sector, and I think there may be opportunities
> for us to form a partnership with them, particularly on projects to
> contribute applications for the XO laptop. Still early days. They rely on a
> pool of volunteers. Anyway, it was an informal exploratory venture.
> Best wishes.
> One Laptop per Child (OLPC)
> "Opening new opportunities to children the world over."
> 2009/7/5 Lawrence W Pimm <wpimm at mac.com>
> Week of June 28th - Brief update on a progressive week for OLPC (UK)
>> A week of significant progress for the OLPC (UK) team.
>> XO's Approved by OLPC (Boston) - Thank you Boston!
>> With a significant amount of work put in by a number of contributors to
>> OLPC (UK), the group was able to secure an initial allotment of XO's for the
>> September 2009 Pilot Class. Thanks to the efforts of contributors such as
>> Michael Jordan, Martin Dengler, Peter Robinson, Daniel Drake, and Amir
>> Ansari, a completed proposal/application was accepted by OLPC Boston with an
>> initial allocation of 30 XO's scheduled to arrive into the UK for July 14th
>> - one for every student and the two class teachers participating. Assuming
>> the wider group of teachers at our pilot school fully take up the initiative
>> and commit to assist in developing additional curriculum (where possible), a
>> second tranche of XO's could be added before the pilot's start in September.
>> Thank you both to OLPC Boston, as well as to all those who put their
>> thoughts and input in the application proposal that was assembled rapidly
>> over the past 14 days.
>> Announcement of Pilot School - St Cuthbert with St Matthias CE Primary
>> Can also announce the pilot school this week as St Cuthbert with St
>> Matthias CE Primary School in Chelsea, as it has been selected as the 1st
>> and initial pilot school for OLPC in the United Kingdom. We wish to thank
>> Stephen Boatright, Headmaster for St Cuthbert with St Matthias for his
>> initiative and commitment towards taking on an innovative opportunity with
>> OLPC. We also wish to thank in advance the teachers of St Cuthbert and St
>> Matthias who will be working through the summer to orient around the XO and
>> Sugar in advance of a full class pilot in September. Please take the
>> opportunity to welcome Stephen and his team into the OLPC (UK) fold, it will
>> be an exciting process working towards the class pilot in September, and
>> Again many thanks go out to a wide group of OLPC (UK) contributors in
>> bringing the pilot school process into focus and being. Time was provided
>> again by Michael Jordan, Martin Dengler, Peter Robinson, Daniel Drake, and
>> Amir Ansari, as well as with input from the wider group that continues to
>> put time in and work to move OLPC (UK) forward. Additional details will be
>> forthcoming as the pilot is assembled through July and August, with regular
>> updates provided through the pilot period in September through to December.
>> There have been several other key initiatives underway with OLPC (UK)
>> - further establishment of the OLPC (UK) Library project;
>> - coordination of the OLPC (UK) website and facebook page;
>> - development of a curriculum and application team for OLPC (UK);
>> - initial framework efforts in establishing a long term marketing/pr
>> In each case a number of OLPC (UK) contributors have stepped forward to
>> take the initiative for the efforts being made. We can always use more
>> contributions from interested individuals and groups, no matter the amount
>> of time (little or a lot), or other resources that can be contributed, it is
>> all appreciated.
>> As we mobilize around several initiatives (September Pilot Class, Library
>> Project, Curriculum and Application Development, etc.), there has never been
>> a better time to get involved and active with OLPC (UK). We look forward to
>> keeping everyone updated and would suggest that any current contributor is
>> available to open a conversation with should you be interested in coming
>> forward and along.
>> Thank you to those contributors who have worked so hard and diligently,
>> both over the past 3-4 months, and in the past 3-4 weeks as the key
>> initiatives have come together.
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