RIT honors seminar, developing for the OLPC XO/13 March 2009
On 13 March 2009, adjunct faculty member Eric M. Grace, instructed the first OLPC Development seminar. Introductions, Seminar outline, Online tools, and development goals were discussed to build the foundation of the course. Focus on collaboration, communication, and creativity was key in fostering an innovative and productive learning environment.
Edited chat session notes:
*** FGrose joined irc.freenode.net #fedora-olpc 13 March 2009 10:18 FGrose The Math4 project class in Rochester, NY is underway, is there anyone here listening for this? 10:22 Nashella FGrose: I am :) 10:22 FGrose Ok great, Introductions and background on OLPC are underway. 10:24 FGrose Eric Grace is instructing. His background is with K-12 in Rochester city schools, and then work on technology outreach for disadvantaged children in Rochester 10:25 *** daveb joined #fedora-olpc firstname.lastname@example.org 10:25 FGrose Digital Ripple was one of his projects 10:27 FGrose http://www.download3k.com/Press-City-of-Rochester-Unveils-Free-Outdoor-Wi-Fi.html is a newspaper article about that project 10:29 FGrose Professor Stephen Jacobs is the class leader, not present today. http://www.rit.edu/news/index.php?p=experts&action=viewexpert&id=70 10:30 FGrose Students are introducing themselves, there are maybe 50-60 percent from outside of Rochester. 10:33 FGrose There are giving some of the reasons they chose to take this course at RIT. 10:34 FGrose I'll try to profile them. 10:34 FGrose Greg S., graduate student in computer science, reasons: taking open source to its potential, wants to be part of the OLPC project in some way. 10:34 *** gregdek joined #fedora-olpc n=gdk@nat/redhat/x-50a93d5577b30098 10:35 Nashella How many students are there? 10:36 FGrose There are about 20 in the class now. 10:36 *** KarlieRobinson joined #fedora-olpc email@example.com 10:37 FGrose Ajmal I. from Afghanistan, interested partly because of an OLPC deployment project starting there. 10:38 FGrose Dennis 5th year CS student, now Networking, wants to know more about OLPC and have fun. 10:39 FGrose Abbi H. works with 2nd graders, from Delaware, Information Security & Forensics student 10:40 FGrose Eric Grace is commenting about different learning styles. 10:41 FGrose John S. Computer Science 10:41 FGrose Anthony K, 10:42 FGrose Mithchell D, Computer Science, interested in low-cost computers, python, new platforms. 10:42 *** ke4qqq joined #fedora-olpc firstname.lastname@example.org 10:44 FGrose Doug C, senior, from Ohio, owns an XO, Applied Networking & Systems Admin student . 10:44 KarlieRobinson FGrose: are these the students? 10:50 FGrose Hi Karlie, yes, these are the students 10:50 KarlieRobinson excellent - I'll be over just as class is ending too - mostly to grab our XOs but also for questions . 10:46 FGrose Nick C, CS Albany, NY area, wants to contribute back to open source 10:47 ke4qqq is very confused 10:47 ke4qqq but we'll gladly put Doug and Nick to work 10:47 FGrose Jamison F, Information Security & Forensics, interested in Mesh networking and potential for disaster relief applications 10:48 FGrose David P, ISF student, Pennsylvania, 10:48 FGrose Chris D, SE 10:49 FGrose Eric M, CS likes promoting OLPC education goals 10:51 FGrose I've missed a few students, they'll be in follow-up notes some place to be announced 10:51 *** edmcnierney_away is now known as edmcnierney 10:51 KarlieRobinson We can make a Who's Who in the wiki too 10:52 FGrose George T, 4th year CS thinks its cool to help out open source education 10:53 FGrose Eric Grace is speaking about the importance of collaboration 10:53 ke4qqq FGrose: how many students in the class? 10:54 FGrose 19 students in the room now + Eric Grace and Fred Grose. 10:54 FGrose more students may be added in coming week. 10:55 ke4qqq cool 10:56 FGrose speaking about web resources right now, 1) http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Rochester,_NY 10:57 FGrose classroom has networked workstations, and everyone will connect and learn about online resources they will need to access. 10:59 FGrose 2) http://laptop.org/en/index.shtml 10:59 ke4qqq hopes irc is mentioned soon 11:00 FGrose 3) covering XO hardware briefly, http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XO 11:02 FGrose +1
studentauditor walked in just now. 11:07 vwbusguy FGrose, you should show off application sharing and mesh networking :-) 11:09 FGrose 4) irc.freenode.net #fedora-olpc Trying to get some students there now. 11:09 *** BrianLong joined #fedora-olpc i=81151c0b@gateway/web/ajax/mibbit.com/x-b98e6a816bc8ab4c (Mibbit) 11:10 vwbusguy ke4qqq, XO needs a good IRC utility 11:10 ke4qqq vwbusguy: there is one xoirc 11:10 vwbusguy ke4qqq, !! 11:11 ke4qqq whether it's good or not is a matter of opinion 11:11 vwbusguy ke4qqq, I tried using irssi. Not much fun. 11:11 ke4qqq irssi is great 11:11 vwbusguy lol 11:11 *** mib_dtafpb joined #fedora-olpc i=81151c0f@gateway/web/ajax/mibbit.com/x-dde693eace0bcc2d (Mibbit) 11:11 vwbusguy I'm an xchat fanboi. 11:11 BrianLong Is this the meeting with the RIT class? 11:11 ke4qqq BrianLong: yep 11:12 FGrose Yes, class session right now in Room 2000 B-70 RIT 11:12 FGrose 5) http://sugarlabs.org/go/Main_Page 11:13 FGrose (Reviewing online resources.) 11:14 ke4qqq two mibbit people joining in last 5 minutes - are you guys both from RIT? 11:14 FGrose 6) http://sugarlabs.org/go/Math4 11:14 KarlieRobinson I have a who's who page, but my wiki tables are a mess - fee free to fix them - http://sugarlabs.org/go/Math4/WhosWho#Who.27s_Who.3F 11:14 BrianLong Awesome 11:15 FGrose 7) http://delicious.com/maths4olpc/ 11:17 FGrose Eric Grace is describing delicious as an link hub that he will be using to post homework and other things. 11:19 *** rit_nate joined #fedora-olpc email@example.com 11:21 FGrose Each student is asked to start a page/subpage there. 11:24 FGrose Eric Grace is explaining how delicious works, and RIT's myspaces system, https://honors.rit.edu/amitraywiki/index.php/Main_Page 11:25 *** rit_nate quit (Remote closed the connection) firstname.lastname@example.org 11:27 FGrose Discussion on importance of reaping information from the www. 11:31 KarlieRobinson I'm about to saddle up and head over to RIT. Be there shortly. 11:32 *** KarlieRobinson left #fedora-olpc email@example.com 11:34 FGrose Eric is now speaking of the limitations of the 10-week class duration and the importance of seizing tools and opportunities rapidly. 11:35 FGrose ...reminding everyone that project work will continue in the community after classes end in May. 11:35 *** sdziallas joined #fedora-olpc n=sebastia@p57A2B243.dip.t-dialin.net 11:36 FGrose Success comes from what is learned by all as well as from what software or procedures are actually produced. 11:38 FGrose Greg S. is advising on how to use delicious network groups and links more efficiently. 11:39 *** mib_dtafpb quit ("http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client") i=81151c0f@gateway/web/ajax/mibbit.com/x-dde693eace0bcc2d 11:39 *** qalthos joined #fedora-olpc firstname.lastname@example.org 11:41 FGrose Class assessments will be based on participation, completion of assignments, effectiveness of collaboration, creative problem-solving skills, quality of prototypes & final presentation. 11:44 FGrose Individual delicious accounts are recommended and then set up forwarding protocols with for: (instrutions elsewhere) 11:46 *** sdziallas quit ("Ex-Chat") n=sebastia@p57A2B243.dip.t-dialin.net 11:48 FGrose We are now sharing some SoaS and VirtualBox disc images. 11:52 *** qalthos quit ("Leaving") email@example.com 11:57 *** unmadindu quit (Read error: 104 (Connection reset by peer)) n=sayamind@gnu-india/admin/unmadindu 12:15 FGrose Class has been dismissed.