Contributors program/April 15, 2011


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* Preview Germany, Austria and Switzerland explaining their amazing
  community-building work Monday April 18, at 3PM Boston Time:

* XO-1.5 production machines available:

* New projects & libraries -- teaching them Community Outreach:

* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring below?!

* Fast Review of the 8 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
  join us advocating for, and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:

 #1 ICT In-service Training & EDUCARE - Cameroon
 #2 Kopila Valley School Computer Lab - Surkhet, Nepal & Tiburon, California
 #3 Cleveland School Intersession - Santa Barbara, California
 #4 Village Ventures - Mali & Malaga, Spain
 #5 OLPC Bhagmalpur - Haryana, India
 #6 FAMLI/Audubon MS Project Update - Los Angeles, California
 #7 Canada Reading Literacy / Sugar Software - Toronto
 #8 Super Robot Wars / Robogames - NYC, New York


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<CanoeBerry> GrannieB: what a nightmare I finally made, you still there?
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<GrannieB> yes
<CanoeBerry> Thanks.  Let's jump in w/ Project #1 here -- all are welcome to vote:
<GrannieB> I am doing about 4-5 downloads at this time. everything is slowed dowm
<CanoeBerry> But first, here is the agenda for all to review the 8 projects we need to vote on fast:
<CanoeBerry> OK.
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<GrannieB> Hi Sameer!
<CanoeBerry> Finally.

[ PROJECT #1 - ICT In-service Training & EDUCARE - Cameroon ]

<CanoeBerry> Let's critique Project #1 now:
<CanoeBerry> ICT In-service Training & EDUCARE - Cameroon
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 20 XOs over 9 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives: (excerpt)
<CanoeBerry>     This training programme and its supportive initiatives descript as
<CanoeBerry>     ‘EDUCARE’ is aim at enhancing human resource development and
<CanoeBerry>     capacity building; as well as the exploitation of best ICT
<CanoeBerry>     Resource base tools and approach to promote the teaching/learning
<CanoeBerry>     of ICT in the Basic Education sector Cameroon.
<CanoeBerry>     So, this training programme is to supportive EDUCARE initiative
<CanoeBerry>     like e-kids computing project is an holistic ICT approach for
<CanoeBerry>     enabling children between the ages of 4 and 14 to become
<CanoeBerry>     digitally inclusive in their learning, creative and social
<CanoeBerry>     interaction process as the only great channel of this
<CanoeBerry>     'information age' leading them to a brighter future-Despite the
<CanoeBerry>     many educational, psychological, positive or negative objective(s),
<CanoeBerry>     of children’s use of computer TechCeFaCos NGO, answers the question
<CanoeBerry>     of what exactly children will do with it… Be good users of computer
<CanoeBerry>     systems; learn how to creatively interact with the machine as an
<CanoeBerry>     information tool etc with core objectives base on the following:
<CanoeBerry>     To meet TechCeFaCos' mission of promoting creativity and
<CanoeBerry>     technological empowerment, that coincides with recent government
<CanoeBerry>     educational reforms such as the introduction of 'National Cultural'
<CanoeBerry>     and 'ICT Studies' into the national syllabuses for English speaking
<CanoeBerry>     primary schools in Cameroon...
<GrannieB> I don't see any justification for XOs or Sugar other than they are free!
<sverma> hey
<CanoeBerry> I vote for a 2-laptop starter kit..
<sverma> sitting in a serious meeting
<CanoeBerry> how's life sameer?
<CanoeBerry> :)
<sverma> Graduate Curriculum Committee...moonlighting on IRC :-)
<sverma> I thought this was going to be Apr 22...
<GrannieB> starter kit which they have to send back if they don't come up with something better
<GrannieB> Sameer... Love it!
<CanoeBerry> So do we go with 2 units?
<CanoeBerry> Objections?
<sverma> +1
<GrannieB> are they on the map? Do they have a blog?
<GrannieB> anybody there?
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED.. once they put themselves on the later if they want a chance at 10.

[ PROJECT #2 - Kopila Valley School Computer Lab - Surkhet, Nepal & Tiburon, California ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #2 -- plz all help critique/mentor/vote for:
<GrannieB> Do they already have XOs from ebay?  not clear
<CanoeBerry> 3 so far..
<sverma> commendable sentiment, but contribution not clear
<CanoeBerry> Kopila Valley School Computer Lab - Surkhet, Nepal & Tiburon, California
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 5 XOs over undetermined months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     We are father and son; giving back to the third world at an early age
<CanoeBerry>     can have a long term positive effect.  We will prepare the eBay
<CanoeBerry>     computers together, and sowill also be able to teach the local
<CanoeBerry>     Nepalese teachers how to use them.
<CanoeBerry> Once in Nepal, we will be visiting an elementary and middle school in a
<CanoeBerry>     remote district with 250 students (Kopila Valley School). We will 
<CanoeBerry> instruct
<CanoeBerry>     the local teachers (who don’t have experience with computers) on how 
<CanoeBerry> to use
<CanoeBerry>     the OLPCs so that they can teach their students and develop learning
<CanoeBerry>     projects around the computers.
<CanoeBerry>     If this is successful, we plan to purchase additional OLPCs and either
<CanoeBerry>     transport them ourselves, have them transported, or ship them to the 
<CanoeBerry> school,
<CanoeBerry>     to increase the school’s inventory.
<CanoeBerry>  We assume that a medium-term build-out will be approximately 25 
<CanoeBerry> computers
<CanoeBerry>     for this school. With further interest from other donors, there is the
<CanoeBerry>     potential for this to expand to one laptop for each student.
<CanoeBerry>     There may be opportunities to broaden the project to other area schools,
<CanoeBerry>     which will lever the knowledge we gain with the implementation at Kopila
<CanoeBerry>     Valley School.
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<sverma> how will this interface with ole nepal, if at all?
<CanoeBerry> sverma: they met in Boston here
<CanoeBerry> Rabi's (Executive Director of says go for it..
<sverma> ok
<sverma> ok
<sverma> +1
<GrannieB> +1
<CanoeBerry> +1
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED

[ PROJECT #3 - Cleveland School Intersession - Santa Barbara, California ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #3 -- plz all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> Cleveland School Intersession - Santa Barbara, California
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 5-30 XOs over 12 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     Introduce laptops to Hispanic students with limited access to computers.
<CanoeBerry>     Test the use of laptop activities effect on California standards 
<CanoeBerry> test scores.
<CanoeBerry>  Cleveland is on a year round schedule. Will research web sites with
<CanoeBerry>     interactive games and activities that reinforce specific standards.
<CanoeBerry>     Will write a curriculum and basic use guide. Will demo XO computer to
<CanoeBerry>     a classroom teacher. Teacher will introduce the use of the XO during
<CanoeBerry>     the summer session starting in July, 2011. I will support the teacher
<CanoeBerry>     in implementing the program. We will evaluate score before and after
<CanoeBerry>     using the laptops for 1 year.
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<CanoeBerry> GrannieB: shall we support this, and with how many XOs?
<CanoeBerry> 30 is way too high :)
<CanoeBerry> 5 or 10 even, at this point seem a bit premature..
<CanoeBerry> Thoughts are talking with him by phone etc?
<GrannieB> I have talked with him and emailed etc
<sverma> not sure if impact can be assessed with test scores
<GrannieB>  he needs a lot of help
<CanoeBerry> GrannieB: should we go with 5?
<CanoeBerry> Or 2 for now, starter kit?
<sverma> starter kit
<GrannieB> possibly UCSB folks can help him
<CanoeBerry> Motion, motion, motion :)
<CanoeBerry> Starter kit, ok?
<CanoeBerry> Motion to ship 2 XO-1s in a starter kit for now.
<CanoeBerry> Objections?
<GrannieB> He has borrowed an XO from someone
<CanoeBerry> He's full of enthusiasm, that's for sure.
<GrannieB> lots of problems updating and getting ti to work
<GrannieB> correct!
<CanoeBerry> Indeed, but perhaps he'll take charge and become more independent soon.
<GrannieB> +1 for starter kit.
<CanoeBerry> Motion that I ship him a starter kit of 2 XO-1s.
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<GrannieB> He needs to know that there are rules about studying effects on test scores
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED.

[ PROJECT #4 - Village Ventures - Mali & Malaga, Spain ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #4 - plz all critique/mentor/vote for:
<GrannieB> just finding ways to use Sugar in curriculum standards is good
<CanoeBerry>  Village Ventures - Mali & Malaga, Spain
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 10 XOs over 12 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     We need every school in our area to have sufficient computers so that
<CanoeBerry>     each student can have the opportunity to learn IT skills and world
<CanoeBerry>     knowledge as well as having the opportunity to understand internet and
<CanoeBerry>     link into other international schools.We have other schools in Spain and
<CanoeBerry>     England waiting for our schools in Mali to be able to communicate with
<CanoeBerry>     one another in French and via this medium set up a link to have a
<CanoeBerry>     international school exchange program.This way our African children can
<CanoeBerry>     gain more skills and understanding of different cultures and visa versa.
<CanoeBerry>     Already each of our school have one laptop as we have no 
<CanoeBerry> electricity, to
<CanoeBerry>     have desktop computers. As our schools develop skills and pay for
<CanoeBerry>     internet connection we are buying solar panels so that the laptops can
<CanoeBerry>     be continually charged, obviously this is not ideal, hence the reason
<CanoeBerry>     for contacting or connecting with your organization.
<CanoeBerry> +1 after talking to this passionate woman in Spain who just spent 11 years in Mali
<CanoeBerry> Not sure whether to start her with 2 of 10 units, thought everyone?
<Improv> Does the proposal have a clear focus?
<CanoeBerry> She'll be back in Mali later this spring.
<GrannieB> 10 is a lot. they have serious infrastructure problems
<CanoeBerry> Improv: needs one.. care to mentor?
<GrannieB> how about a starter kit?
<Improv> CanoeBerry: I am not sure I'm the right person to mentor; I'm rather green myself
<CanoeBerry> OK
<Improv> I worry about that "learning IT skills" thing using OLPCs
<Improv> and I'm not sure what the laptops are going to be used for.
<GrannieB> they need to make sure the XO will work in their situation
<sverma> starter kit is 2 XOs, right?
<CanoeBerry> yep
<Improv> OTOH, it seems worthwhile to put systems in the hands of students who have not experienced the internet much yet.
<Improv> I wish the proposal were more clear.
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<CanoeBerry> In any case +1
<CanoeBerry> I'll talk more with the applicant to see when she leaves back to Mali.
<CanoeBerry> I don't want to waste my time shipping to her twice in the coming month.
<GrannieB> starter kit +1 to test and make sure they will work with all their infrastructure problems
<CanoeBerry> Perhaps 5 units might be a good compromise, if she's truly committed to Sugar and a plan that will help all.
<CanoeBerry> So far however her blog needs a LOT of work :)
<Improv> It does seem, given the power requirements, that OLPCs might be a particularly good choice.
<CanoeBerry> Motion for 2-to-5 units..
<sverma> +1 on starter kit
<CanoeBerry> And this applicant is a force to be reckoned with.. amazing woman who we need in our community.
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> Approved for starter kit of 2-5 XOs, pending mentor(s) final decision.

[ PROJECT #5 - OLPC Bhagmalpur - Haryana, India ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #5 - please all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> OLPC Bhagmalpur - Haryana, India
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 30 XOs over 24 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives: (excerpts)
<CanoeBerry>     This project aims to use an alternative distribution model of granting
<CanoeBerry>     the XO to a child in each household in the village. The child must be
<CanoeBerry>     approx 5 to 14 years of age. This model is similar to the Grameen Bank
<CanoeBerry>     model, where a cell phone is given to the woman of the house, who then
<CanoeBerry>     leases the services out as part of a microfinance scheme. In our
<CanoeBerry>     project, the XO will be “wielded” by the youngest child of school
<CanoeBerry>     going age (highest expected ROI on learning) but there is no
<CanoeBerry>     microfinance scheme attached. This approach has raised some interest
<CanoeBerry>     in key OLPCers, such as Barbara Barry and Mary Lou Jepsen (it was Mary
<CanoeBerry>     Lou’s observation at OLPC SF Community Summit, that this model shares
<CanoeBerry>     much in common with Grameen’s model).
<CanoeBerry>     We (Verma family) are financing all incidental expenses, including
<CanoeBerry>     power, Internet access, school server, book server, and any training
<CanoeBerry>     that may be needed by providing space at our home in Bhagmalpur. One
<CanoeBerry>     of the rooms in the front of the house will be used as a learning
<CanoeBerry>     space of sorts to support charging, trouble shooting and a quiet place
<CanoeBerry>     away from other environs so that the children can sit alone or in
<CanoeBerry>     groups and explore.
<CanoeBerry>     1. Collect all XOs in Bhagmalpur
<CanoeBerry>     2. Install School Server (June 2011)
<CanoeBerry>     3. Disburse XOs (June 2011)
<CanoeBerry>     4. Gather feedback (August 2011). This data will be gathered based
<CanoeBerry>        on the monitoring and evaluation model of
<CanoeBerry>     5. Hindi Wikipedia (August 2011)
<CanoeBerry>     6. Voice over IP (January 2012)
<CanoeBerry> sverma: care to introduce?
<CanoeBerry> your family's work?
<GrannieB> Nice project! Can I get 30 to do one of these in Bolivia?
<sverma> :-)
<sverma> Sure. The project is been in the making for a while
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<sverma> right now I have "muled" across two XOs to this location
<sverma> We are on olpcmap
<CanoeBerry> If there is an active blog, I'd be happy to ship 10.
<sverma> Just signed up on wordpress to run a blog
<sverma> so far its just been on
<sverma> we'll take whatever you give us :-0
<sverma> :-)
<CanoeBerry> Blog can be anywhere, thanks!  10 XO-1s are yours if you blog regularly -- monthly or more often.
<sverma> I'm particularly thrilled to have Arjun's help in running this.
<sverma> indeed
<sverma> blogging promised
<CanoeBerry> Sorry I can't ship more than 10 at this time.
<sverma> we'll take broken pieces as well for parts...
<sverma> works for me
<sverma> thx
<CanoeBerry> Can the OLPC India community arrive on voluntourist bus tours like in Uruguay ;)
<GrannieB> +1 happy!
<sverma> we'll also showcase the project under
<sverma> fancy you should ask...I'm working on a short tour possibility
<sverma> Summer, maybe? will keep the community posted
<GrannieB> How many FF-miles to get to India?
<sverma> can be $800 if you get lucky, or $1200 from SFO usually
<sverma> We have a huge house in Bhagmalpur. 32 rooms :-) space won't be a problem
<CanoeBerry> +1,200,000,000
<CanoeBerry> Or whatever India's population..
<CanoeBerry> Shall we?
<GrannieB> 40,000 gets you to South America.  I have over 80,000 more.  But not in the summer! too hot!
<CanoeBerry> Questions/critiques from the group?
<CanoeBerry> Supporting suggestions?
<CanoeBerry> Objections?
<sverma> GrannieB: Summer is when you get to enjoy Mango Lassi
<CanoeBerry> sverma: can i ship these 10 XO-1s shipped direct to India now?
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<sverma> yes, you can ship now
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED for 10 XO-1s if blogging regular and active blog linked from
<sverma> woohoo!!!
<GrannieB> applause!!!
<CanoeBerry> I'll lick the stamp myself :)

[ PROJECT #6 - FAMLI/Audubon MS Project Update - Los Angeles, California ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #6 - plz all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> FAMLI/Audubon MS Project Update - Los Angeles, California
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 5 Broken XOs for 14 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     Students and volunteers will use the repair guide on the olpc wiki to
<CanoeBerry>     learn to make simple repairs on the XO computers.  See blog:
<CanoeBerry> GrannieB: care to present your city's work?
<GrannieB> I have inherited this project after mentoring for 2 years
<CanoeBerry> I have 4 broken XOs in Dallas -- will that be sufficient if you are approved here?
<CanoeBerry> All I've got.
<GrannieB> The person who started it has dissappeared (literally)
<GrannieB> We will take whatever we can get
<GrannieB> I found 3 very enthusiastic, talented volunteers to work with the kids
<Improv> This sounds like a good confluence of project needs and otherwise not-super-useful systems.
<GrannieB> they y are very excited about everything
<CanoeBerry> Tell us more..we may be able to ship more as OLPC cleans up 1CC to move out by June 1.
<sverma> Its incredible what you do, GrannieB +1
<CanoeBerry> (OLPC Foundation is moving to a new office around Cambridge here by June 1)
<GrannieB>  The kids have made amazing progress with the XOs and Sugar w/o any adult help
<CanoeBerry> +1
<CanoeBerry> Questions / objections from the peanut gallery?
<GrannieB> Check out Abe' s post on our new blog
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<GrannieB> +100!
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED if Caryl dances for all of us on her blog.
<GrannieB> will Tango do?
<GrannieB> Or tap?
<CanoeBerry> Both!
<sverma> Awesome!!!

[ PROJECT #7 - Canada Reading Literacy / Sugar Software - Toronto ]

<CanoeBerry> OK, onto Project #7 - please all critique/mentor/vote for:
<GrannieB> How about the students dance...that is part of their program
<CanoeBerry> Better yet -- dance with 'em til dawn.
<CanoeBerry> OK, Project #7 here:
<CanoeBerry> Canada Reading Literacy
[ ]
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 1 XO-1 for undetermind months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     Details to follow from Walter Bender.
<CanoeBerry> PRE-APPROVED -- shipping today to Toronto.
<CanoeBerry> Have asked them to post to and join our GREAT Canadian community here:

[ PROJECT #8 - Super Robot Wars / Robogames - NYC, New York ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #8 - please all critique/mentor/vote for:
<GrannieB> Will we be meeting again on the 22nd?  I have another proposal to submit for LA
<CanoeBerry> Robogames - NYC, New York
[ ]
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 2 XO-1s for undetermined months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     Details to follow from Walter Bender
<CanoeBerry> PRE-APPROVED -- shipping to NYC next week.  Every ask Walter Bender for more details soon!
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<GrannieB> We want an olpc-SoCal library. Working out housing details at the moment
<CanoeBerry> GrannieB: a meeting next week (Apr 22) is unlikely.  I like to wait until we have a solid 5-10 projects all together before calling a meeting.
<GrannieB> UCSB may want to do it, but they are not very centrally located
<GrannieB> OK
<GrannieB>   Guess I will have to work on it from afar
<sverma> i have to meeting here just ended.
<CanoeBerry> THANKS EVERYONE FOR A GREAT QUICK MEETING TODAY!  See you Monday 3PM Boston Time to learn about the quite astonishing work done by OLPC Austria, OLPC Germany and OLPC Switzerland over the past 3-4 years:
<CanoeBerry> ADJOURNED!
<sverma> will catch up soon with updates
<CanoeBerry> BYE! Great weekend to everyone!
<GrannieB> bye!
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<Improv> Hey sj :)
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