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=Laptop News 2008-04-12=
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To contribute a story or news idea, see the '''[[OLPC:Newsroom|OLPC newsroom]]'''.
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1. Marvin Minksy has been writing a series of essays on learning. The first three essays are available on the wiki (See [[Marvin Minsky essays]]). The themes to date include "What makes Mathematics hard to learn?", "Drawbacks of Age-Based Segregation", "What’s wrong with the 50-minute hour", "Role Models, Mentors, and Imprimers and Thinking", "Thinking about Thinking about Ways to Think", "How do children acquire self-images?", and "Finding Mentors in Network Communities."
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For coverage of recent OLPC updates, see our [[twitter]] feed and [http://blog.laptop.org OLPC blog].
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2. OLE Nepal have posted their teacher preparation materials to the wiki. The materials cover basic use of the XO, constructionist theory and practice, and using the XO to facilitate the learning process. Bipul Gautam created the 63-page teacher Preparation guide, which is entirely in Nepali. Prabhas Pokharel has agreed to organize a group of Nepali Harvard students to translate it into English (See [[Nepal: Teacher Preparation]]).
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This page historically hosted announcements and news about OLPC, along with the Sugar Labs [http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs/Current_Events '''current events'''] page.  
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3. Bryan Berry has created a basic training program for support personnel that are familiar with computers, but new to the XO hardware and Linux (See [[Nepal: Support Training]]). Teachers Manoj Ghimire of Bishwamitra and Neema Lama of Bashuki were the first trainees to use these materials.
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== Upcoming pieces ==
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; Claudia
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:  Learning Chat piece: 278 words, ready now. [[File:Learning Chat.docx]]
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:  Making Learning Visible: Claudia's (& Walter) original is 25 pages. Submitted to a journal.  w/o OLPC Background it is down to 12-15 pages w/ screenshots.
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:        This can become a 4-part series.
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; Antonio:      Homo docens: 500+ words, Antonio approved my edits. [[File:Homo docens JLedits.docx]]
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:    Further work: we can definitely ask him to contribute on a quarterly basis but I've found that I have to be very specific as to what I am asking to do and he has to be comfortable that it is consistent with his academic work.
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:    Ask for a new piece on the epidemiology of learning
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; Rodrigo:
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:  [[Ometepe]] - A beautiful piece with wonderful images. RAH posted a personal and lengthy version (1500+ words) that he shared with his private distribution list. I made an edited version (1200 words) that could be shared publicly.  Must check with RAH on this. [[File:Ometepe articulo por Rodrigo Arboleda.pdf]] [[File:Ometepe by Rodrigo Arboleda (3).pdf]]
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:  I had hoped that we could do a video series with Rodrigo but the budget hasn't been approved. Giulia - can we get an answer on this?
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; Rwanda:
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:  Rwanda case studies
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:  Ceri Whatley - summary of importance of headmasters - confirm subset to reuse
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:  Social mapping project - 1- or 2-part piece - check w/ Julia
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:  Grandmother project - 2- or 3-part piece - check w/ Julia (and is there more to that awesome series?)
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; Other Africa
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: So. Africa case studies
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; Peru and Uruguay:
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:  ''Oscar B's piece on the IADB study?''
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:  You said that Uruguay and Peru produce a ton of content on a continuous basis.  I'm struggling a bit with how we can easily get the content and translate it into English.  Giulia - could Olga help?  I don't want to burden her with more work. Maybe we do this every 2-3 months.
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; Other LatAm:
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:  Colombia:  Sandra's quarterly? newsletter and website could feed into this. Plus english translations.
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:  Nicaragua: Regular update, beyond Ometepe?
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:  Paraguay:  Contact [[ParaguayEduca]]
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:  Mexico: Ask Mariana @ OLPCMexico
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; OLPC Australia:  Great text and videos.
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; OLPC Europe: Quarterly update from them?
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; OLPC Oceania: Quarterly updates from Mike Hutak
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; OLPC Jamaica: Quarterly update from Sameer, good videos.
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; North America
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: Miami - David!  and a story from Chester
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: Canada - Jennifer Martino, Q
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4. Hot topics: This week saw debates on some of the OLPC mailing lists and in the wiki. A paper called "Freezing More Than Bits: Chilling Effects of the OLPC XO Security Model" will be presented on Monday at USENIX UPSEC'08 ([http://www.usenix.org/events/upsec08/tech/tech.html]). You can read the paper ([http://www.cosic.esat.kuleuven.be/publications/article-1042.pdf]) and view the discussion to date on in the archives of the OLPC security list ([http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/security/2008-April/000388.html]). Another discussion has been in regard to build and release strategy (See [http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/devel/2008-April/012318.html] and [[User:Mstone/August planning]]). Michael Stone has documented a conversation that he, Jameson Chema Quinn, Chris Ball, and Robert McQueen had about the UI problems posed by our current bundle format (See [[User:Mstone/Bundle commentary]] and [[Bundles  and updates]]). And finally the new Sugar interface was the topic of discussion in the sugar list (See [http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/sugar/2008-April/004909.html]). In the wiki, Chris Leonard and Charles Merriam have been working on some naming conventions to make it easier to navigate the almost 6000 content pages in the wiki (See [[Conventions]]).
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== News archives ==
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5. Where did all the activities go? There still seems to be some confusion around the process of loading activity bundles post-Build 703. Please refer to [[Customization key]] for instructions regarding bulk loading of activities.
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'''[http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/community-news/ Weekly OLPC News postings]''' to the community-news mailing list give updates on recent work. Weekly summaries were also posted on-wiki during [[OLPC:News/2008|2008]].  Weekly postings to the list were put on hold at the start of 2009, and started again in 2010.  
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6. JS-Python Communication: K.S. Preeti has been working with Manusheel Gupta, Dan Bricklin, and Luke Closs to enable JS-Python communication using PyXPCOM. They have been successful in creating an XPCOM service in JavaScript that exposes the JS code to the Browser; and an XPCOM service in Python that exposes the Python code to the Browser. The aim for this week would be to synchronously call both these services from the same interface that will lead to communication between functions written in JS, and Python. The details on the implementation of XPCOM service have been updated (See [[JSPython]]). SocialCalc (Spreadsheet activity), written in JavaSript, will be ported to Sugar using this mechanism. 
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Archives: [[OLPC:News/Archive 1|2005-2006]]
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| [[OLPC:News/Archive 2|2007]]
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7. Educational Toolkit: Manusheel Gupta has been working with Deepank Gupta, Ross Light, and David Goulet to develop an Educational Toolkit. Use-case diagrams, and XML schema have been updated (See [[Educational toolkit]]). The implementation of Parse Module, supporting decoding of XML files; Viewer Module; and ConnectionManager module are in progress (See [http://dev.laptop.org/git/activities/Educational_toolkit]).
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| [[OLPC:News/Archive 3|2008]]
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| [[OLPC:News/Archive 4|2009-10]]
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8. More magic from Benjamin M. Schwartz: Ben has made a DOS Console activity based on Wine (See [http://dev.laptop.org/~bemasc/DOSConsole-1.xo]). His goal is to provide a simple system for turning any Windows program into a Sugar activity. This is still a work in progress: in order for it to run, you must first add 'org.winehq.WineConsole' to the list of RAINBOW_CONSTANT_UID activities in /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sugar/activity/activityfactory.py and it doesn't yet "play well with others." However, Chris Ball used already used it to installed the free-download Excel viewer (See [http://dev.laptop.org/~cjb/xo-excel.jpg]).
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9. David Hodge reports that ACM and Free Culture USC have partnered up for an upcoming "Code for a Cause" programming event next week at USC. The focus will be on open-source software and the OLPC platform. Student teams will be challenged over a week-long period to develop open-source software for the OLPC platform (See [http://codeforacause.net]).
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=== Translations ===
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Sporadic translations of news archives from 2008 and earlier can be found here:
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: [[OLPC:News/lang-de|German]] | [[OLPC:News/lang-es|Spanish]] | [[OLPC:News/lang-ja|Japanese]] | [[OLPC:News/lang-ko|Korean]]
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10. Kurt Gramlich would like the OLPC community know about the latest LiveCD release (See [[LiveBackup XO-LiveCD]]). Aaron Kaplan talks about his port of Sugar to the Intel Classmate ([http://www.olpcnews.com/software/operating_system/sugar_on_classmate_pc.html]) using the LiveCD. Additional information is available (in German) on linux-user.com (See [http://www.linux-user.de/ausgabe/2008/04/024/]).
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== [[OLPC:Videos|OLPC videos]] ==
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For a history of videos about OLPC and the XO, see [http://olpc.tv olpc.tv] and [[OLPC:Videos]].
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11. Scott Ananian sends his thanks to everyone who participated in last week's mini conference and requests that you upload your slides to the wiki ([[Mini-conference]]). If anyone would like to volunteer to help with transcoding of the video archive of the conferenc, please contact Scott at laptop.org.
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== Sugar news ==
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Walter continues to post summaries of Sugar development '''[http://walterbender.org/?cat=3 on his blog]'''.  
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12. Kevin Cole reports that the OLPC Learning Club DC (OLPC LCDC) held their second "Family Mesh" meetings at Gallaudet University in NW Washington, DC (See [http://olpclearningclub.org/meetings/showing-scratch/]).
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== Press ==
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For an archive of OLPC media coverage, see the [[OLPC:Press/2005-2008|2005-2008 press archives]].
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13. Richard Smith and SJ Klein will present the XO laptop and alternative power systems at two workshops at the Massachusetts Power Shift 2008 (MAPS) conference.
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== Past announcements ==
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Developed through 2011 by the Racepoint Group, OLPC's ''pro bono'' PR firm.
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14. Prakhar Agarwal reports progress on the typing tutor activity (See [[LetsType#Progress so far]]) and is soliciting feedback.
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* 2008-08-06 : [[Media:OLPC-Asia.doc|One Laptop per Child expands its presence in Asia]] with project leads in India and China
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* 2008-05-20 : [[Media:XO-2-preview.doc|One Laptop per Child frames the next generation of the revolutionary XO laptop]], with a lighter dual-touchscreen design.
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* 2008-05-15 : [[Media:XP-on-XO.doc|Microsoft Windows XP is now available on the XO laptop]]
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* 2008-05-03 : [[Media:Kane-appointment.doc|One Laptop per Child appoints Charles Kane as President and Chief Operating Officer]]
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* 2008-01-07 : [[Media:G1G1-results.doc|One Laptop per Child Giving Campaign Raises $35 Million]] in 2007
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* 2007-12-12 : [http://www.smartbrief.com/news/aaaa/industryPR-detail.jsp?id=2FDAB6BE-AE3B-482F-A7B0-6570C75397E4 ''The Kite Runner'' Inspires Gift Through One Laptop]
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* 2007-12-05 : [[Media:Peru-OLPC.doc|Peru launches OLPC with 40,000 laptops]], starting with one-classroom schools across the country.
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* 2007-12-04 : [[Media:Birmingham-OLPC.doc|Birmingham, Alabama commits to One Laptop per Child]], with a pilot of 15,000 laptops across the city.
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* 2007-11-24 : [http://www.50x15.com/en-us/sol_results_xo.aspx The Holiday Season Starts with Giving One Laptop]
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* 2007-10-29 : [[Media:Uruguay-launch.doc|OLPC wins a bid to provide 100,000 laptops to children in Uruguay]], to be overseen by the Uruguayan CEIBAL project
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* 2007-10-22 : [http://www.businesswire.com/news/google/20071022005302/en One Laptop per Child creates the world's "greenest" laptop computer]
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* 2007-06-11 : [[Media:Mass-production.doc|Mass Production of XO's begins!]] at Quanta's Chinese facilities.
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* 2007-01-03 : [http://www.businesswire.com/news/google/20070103005194/en OLPC Announces First-of-Its-Kind User Interface for XO Laptop Computer]
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15. Dr. Habib Khan reports from Islamabad that the Pakistan Software Export Board has graciously provided OLPC Pakistan the services of an in intern, Ms. Iffat Saadia. Iffat is a developer; she is converting Biology of 8th grade into interactive ebook.
 
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A second pilot project is being prepared at the Mehfooz Shahid Dil Model School, located in a beautiful valley in the Islamabad, Capital Territory. The school has five grades with 170 children. On Monday a week of teacher preparation begins. The school was identified with help from the National Rural Support Program ([http://www.nrsp.org.pk]).
 
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16. Polychronis Ypodimatopoulos has been conducting more tests with Cerebro. File transfer and chat work consistently on a 30-node testbed. (Chris Ball modified the Chat activity; we now have a version that works with Cerebro and we are in the process of creating a build where Chat and Read will be using Cerebro. This build will be tested on the 100-node testbed to investigate the limits of simple mesh.)
 
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=More News=
 
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Laptop News is archived [http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/community-news/ here].
 
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You can subscribe to the OLPC community-news mailing list by visiting the [http://mailman.laptop.org/mailman/listinfo/community-news laptop.org mailman site].
 
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Press requests: please send email to press@racepointgroup.com
 
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==[[Milestones]]==
 
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Latest milestones:
 
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{{:Milestones}} <!-- Translators, you can either include the english version or the translated version -- it does NOT work with redirects -->
 
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All milestones can be found [[Milestones|here]].
 
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==[[PRESS|Press]]==
 
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You can subscribe to the OLPC community-news mailing list by visiting the [http://mailman.laptop.org/mailman/listinfo/community-news laptop.org mailman site].
 
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More articles can be found [[Press|here]].
 
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==[[Video of the OLPC | Video]]==
 
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Miscellaneous videos of the laptop can be found [[Video of the OLPC|here]].
 
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* A Frappr Map of G1G1 recipients can be found at [http://www.frappr.com/?a=constellation_map&mapid=137440255169&src=flash_map&sig=visitor_map&src_mvid=137440332484&origin=unknown&ct=seemore]
 
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* A collection of several videos can found at [http://www.olpc.tv OLPC.TV]
 
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* IBM Podcast, Walter Bender on One Laptop per Child [http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/podcast/dwi/cm-int042407.html]
 
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* Ivan Krstić delivers a [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4285568518538296189 technical presentation of OLPC] at the Google TechTalk series
 
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*60 Minutes, What if Every Child had a Laptop [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/20/60minutes/main2830058.shtml]
 
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*CNN, Should Intel Fear $100 Laptop? [http://money.cnn.com/services/video/]
 
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*Red Hat Magazine: Inside One Laptop per Child, [http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2007/07/25/inside-one-laptop-per-child-episode-04/ Episode Four]
 
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*Red Hat Magazine: Inside One Laptop per Child, [http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2007/06/08/inside-one-laptop-per-child-episode-03/ Episode Three]
 
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*Red Hat Magazine: Ins/ide One Laptop per Child, [http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2007/04/25/inside-one-laptop-per-child-episode-02/ Episode Two]
 
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*Red Hat Magazine: Inside One Laptop per Child, [http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2007/03/23/inside-one-laptop-per-child-episode-one/ Episode One]
 
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*Portuguese lecture "Perspectivas do uso de laptops pelas crianças (e nas escolas)". Video in [http://www.cameraweb.unicamp.br/acervo/acervo.html Cameraweb Unicamp]
 
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* OLPC [http://www.sf.tv/var/videoplayer.php?videourl=http%3A%2F%2Freal.xobix.ch%2Framgen%2Fsfdrs%2F10vor10%2F2007%2F10vor10_26012007.rm%3Fstart%3D0%3A05%3A20.498%26amp%3Bend%3D0%3A09%3A50.738 Video from Switzerland], 26.01.2007
 
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*Interview with Nicholas Negroponte [http://www.acm.org/pubs/cie/jan2006/clips/nicholas_negroponte.mov on the &100 Laptop]
 
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*Presentation by Jim Gettys at [http://www.techpresentations.com/2007/03/07/one-laptop-per-child/ FOSDEM 2007]
 
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*GLOBO- BRASIL: Crianças testam computador portátil/ [http://video.globo.com/Videos/Player/Noticias/0,,GIM607884-7823-CRIANCAS+TESTAM+COMPUTADOR+PORTATIL,00.html Students test the laptop]
 
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*Mark Foster delivers presentation to [http://stanford-online.stanford.edu/courses/ee380/061004-ee380-300.asx Stanford University]
 
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* Technology Review [http://www.technologyreview.com/video/laptop Mini-Documentary]
 
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* A Brief [http://www.radiofarda.com/Article/2007/01/04/f2_Interview-laptop.html Demo]
 
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Current revision as of 23:06, 5 August 2013

The contents of this page are considered outdated and some of the information may be stale. Please use information here with caution, or update it.
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Contents

To contribute a story or news idea, see the OLPC newsroom.

For coverage of recent OLPC updates, see our twitter feed and OLPC blog.

This page historically hosted announcements and news about OLPC, along with the Sugar Labs current events page.

Upcoming pieces

Claudia
Learning Chat piece: 278 words, ready now. File:Learning Chat.docx
Making Learning Visible: Claudia's (& Walter) original is 25 pages. Submitted to a journal. w/o OLPC Background it is down to 12-15 pages w/ screenshots.
This can become a 4-part series.
Antonio
Homo docens: 500+ words, Antonio approved my edits. File:Homo docens JLedits.docx
Further work: we can definitely ask him to contribute on a quarterly basis but I've found that I have to be very specific as to what I am asking to do and he has to be comfortable that it is consistent with his academic work.
Ask for a new piece on the epidemiology of learning
Rodrigo
Ometepe - A beautiful piece with wonderful images. RAH posted a personal and lengthy version (1500+ words) that he shared with his private distribution list. I made an edited version (1200 words) that could be shared publicly. Must check with RAH on this. File:Ometepe articulo por Rodrigo Arboleda.pdf File:Ometepe by Rodrigo Arboleda (3).pdf
I had hoped that we could do a video series with Rodrigo but the budget hasn't been approved. Giulia - can we get an answer on this?
Rwanda
Rwanda case studies
Ceri Whatley - summary of importance of headmasters - confirm subset to reuse
Social mapping project - 1- or 2-part piece - check w/ Julia
Grandmother project - 2- or 3-part piece - check w/ Julia (and is there more to that awesome series?)
Other Africa
So. Africa case studies
Peru and Uruguay
Oscar B's piece on the IADB study?
You said that Uruguay and Peru produce a ton of content on a continuous basis. I'm struggling a bit with how we can easily get the content and translate it into English. Giulia - could Olga help? I don't want to burden her with more work. Maybe we do this every 2-3 months.
Other LatAm
Colombia: Sandra's quarterly? newsletter and website could feed into this. Plus english translations.
Nicaragua: Regular update, beyond Ometepe?
Paraguay: Contact ParaguayEduca
Mexico: Ask Mariana @ OLPCMexico
OLPC Australia
Great text and videos.
OLPC Europe
Quarterly update from them?
OLPC Oceania
Quarterly updates from Mike Hutak
OLPC Jamaica
Quarterly update from Sameer, good videos.
North America
Miami - David! and a story from Chester
Canada - Jennifer Martino, Q

News archives

Weekly OLPC News postings to the community-news mailing list give updates on recent work. Weekly summaries were also posted on-wiki during 2008. Weekly postings to the list were put on hold at the start of 2009, and started again in 2010.

Archives: 2005-2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009-10

Translations

Sporadic translations of news archives from 2008 and earlier can be found here:

German | Spanish | Japanese | Korean

OLPC videos

For a history of videos about OLPC and the XO, see olpc.tv and OLPC:Videos.

Sugar news

Walter continues to post summaries of Sugar development on his blog.

Press

For an archive of OLPC media coverage, see the 2005-2008 press archives.

Past announcements

Developed through 2011 by the Racepoint Group, OLPC's pro bono PR firm.

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