archive - December 2008

Scenes from the Learning Fields of Cambodia

OLPC Learning Club DC member Mike Cariaso popped up on my Google Talk last night to tell me he had arrived at the Elaine & Nicholas Negropnte School in Reaksmy, Cambodia. This is the school featured in the May 2007 60 Minutes report on OLPC. He made the eight-hour drive north with Elaine from Phnom Penh the day before in great weather. After settling in, Mike was naturally eager to document his surroundings to post online. The school has a satellite uplink and generators, so I was chatting with Mike as he uploaded some fantastic photos to Flickr. He even ran back outside to get a better picture of the kids using the laptops in sunlight. Cambodia is exactly 12 hours offset from Washington, D.C. So while I was yawning in my easychair, it was the height of the day’s learning for the kids in the school. Mike’s first observations (as a technologist) were that the kids were still having lots of problems with the XO trackpad and none of the machines were currently accessing the satellite internet due to technical problems. Those sound like great first challenges to which Mike can apply his considerable skills as he begins his several-month stay as a volunteer. We’re looking forward to many more dispatches from the learning fields.

written by Mike Lee on 19 December 2008 1 commento

2008 Year In Review Cornucopia Meeting

First, please note that Wayan and I will be doing a meetup this Tuesday night at the Looking Glass Lounge in Petworth. Please read the post over on OLPC News.

For the Learning Club, we thought we’d end this drama- and social-change-filled year with a showing at the Gallaudet Student Union of the best of ALL the previous meetings. We’ll also do a raffle again. Here’s the 411:

What: Family XO Mesh Meetup
When: Saturday, December 20th, 2008, 10 am to 1pm
Where: Gallaudet University [map], Student Union Building, Lower Level [floorplan], Flexible Room L040 and L041, Washington, D.C. 20002

Some of the things we’ll have on hand to demonstrate:

The Learning Club does not stock merchandise to sell. Most of the things listed are either freely downloadable software or are hardware items that can be purchased from one of a number of vendors.

We are also excited about “Teapot’s” new adaptation of Ubuntu 8.10 that boots off an SD card without affecting the Sugar user interface on the internal memory. Teapot’s Ubuntu brings an adult-friendly user interface that works with the XO’s wifi antennas, power management and special features such as screen rotation. You can see photos of my testing on Flickr. Jeff, Kevin and I will bring copies of the SD card to copy for you if you are interested. We recommend a factory fresh 4gb, class 6 SD card. Avoid Sandisk and A-data brand.

If you just received your OLPC XO as part of Give One Get One (G1G1) on Amazon, you likely have an outdated user interface. If your laptop doesn’t show a ring of 28 activity icons when it starts up, you are advised to have one of our members do the 15-minute clean install of software build 767 (a.k.a. Release 8.2) for you. I’ve collected screenshots so you can see the difference.

Please don’t hesitate to email in advance of the meeting if you have a special request. Email addresses are at top right of the home page.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2009 at 10am at the Arlington Career Center. We’re planning a special hands-on volunteer “jam” in cooperation with NASA and the Career Center to revise some pre-OLPC eToys lessons so they are usable in the latest version of eToys on the XO.

written by Mike Lee on 14 December 2008 4 commenti

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