OLPC United States
The United States (U.S.) presents a special case to OLPC deployments.
- Most software is initially localized to the United States and so requires no additional localization.
- Most laptops deployed in the United States are from the 2007 and 2008 Give One, Get One programs and not from school or government programs.
- The U.S. spends significantly more than many countries on education and has been a lower priority for deployment.
- Each of the fifty United States, plus associated territories, has great discretion on which tools it uses for education.
News and Rumors
- 9 Jan 2008 The OLPC announced the foundation of a group, OLPC America, to bring XO laptops to American students. Details are unavailable until a launch later in 2008.
- 28 April 2007 United States entered the list of 'green' countries, according to an article of the unofficial OLPC News. Also mentioned in by Walter Bender in an email post.
3. OLPC added a new country this week: the USA. This move will engage a wider developer community, impacting and improving software and content. Please note that such a move into schools and learning in the USA is not necessarily a commercial machine.
Deployments and Trials
A prerequisite for wider deployment in the States is better compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.
Give One, Get One (G1G1)
The 2007 Give One, Get One program allowed people in the United States and some other areas to purchase laptops from the OLPC Foundation at cost in return for donating a laptop for a deployment to be named later. About 80,000 units were purchased in the United States with a matching number earmarked for future deployments outside the country (cite?). Logistics marred the program's success causing delayed deliveries and far more support calls than anticipated.
Government and Official Groups
- OLPC America will be the official organization within the OLPC Foundation providing support to U.S. deployments.
- The OLPC Foundation is located in the United States.
States and Territories
US Virgin Islands - Waveplace
- Note the the Virgin Islands is a United States 'territory' not a state. This leads it to have an alternate ISO country code, VI
- April 2008 - Waveplace completed a 10 week Virgin Islands (US) pilot with the Guy Benjamin school's 4th grade class. (Movies include scenes from pilot, student presentations)
- November 2007 - Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford announced plans to purchase 15,000 XO laptops for Birmingham schools. The district has about 28,000 students. See OLPC Birmingham
- April 2008 - The Birmingham Board of Education and Birmingham City Council approved a pilot of 1,000 units. This is expected to include the 762 Glen Iris Elementary School students. Pictures of the council meeting can found from this article. The city has agreed to purchase 15,000 XO laptops for $3,000,000 USD. It is unclear what happens to these laptops if the pilot fails, and there is some pressure for the city to hold a competitive bid.
- Birmingham also hosts an active user's group and a repair center.
- July 6, 2007 rumor that assemblyman Ira Ruskin has a bill to fund a pilot project to encourage use of Free Textbooks in CA junior colleges.
- Some rumors that Georgia had a program requiring some sort of laptop, followed by several students denying such.
- Said to have program requiring conventional notebooks in schools.
- Said to have a program using Apple iBooks.
- Mitt Romney, then Massachusetts governor, proposed giving every middle and high-school student an XO in 2005. The proposal did not pass the legislature.
User groups and unoffical groups
- There are many, many regional groups. See the list below or the OLPCNews forum to find a local one.
- There are various unaffiliated groups promoting OLPC in the United States. Waveplace is one that is actually running pilot projects; another is Earth Treasury, which is at an earlier stage.
- OLPC Birmingham
- OLPC Birmingham has both a Grassroots group and a planned full scale implementation of 15,000 machines. On the grassroots side, their team of volunteers is experimenting with the School Servers and recently took part in BarCampBirmingham
- We are a local group of XO laptop enthusiasts committed to co-learning, hacking, and expanding the One Laptop Per Child computational experience community.
- Our members include
- Software developers interested in working on software for the XO.
- People interested in seeing what all the XO can do (and trying out all of the cool features.)
- Kids and parents who want to meet other kids and parents and do cool things together with their XOs.
- For more information about this group and news about upcoming events, visit http://groups.google.com/group/birmingham-olpc-userinterest-group-al
- AZ XO
- The Arizona XO user group has been meeting since February of 2008 and has over 10 members. They have their own forum, mailing list, and are starting to work with the local Global Literacy Foundation.
- OLPC California, or XOCAL, has
- OLPC SanFranciscoBayArea is a group of OLPC enthusiasts in San Francisco and around, meets on the second Saturday or third of the month.
- OLPC Santa Barbara is based in the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is a collabortion of students, faculty, staff, and external partners (including a pilot classroom in a Goleta elementary school).
- Silicon Valley OLPC Users' Group Meets in South Bay Area, monthly on third Thursday evenings
- 1/1/08 I'd like to start an OLPC group meeting around Mountain View, perhaps weekly for the short term while everyone gets up to speed, and then monthly later on. We'll likely meet at the Dana Street Cafe. It will be informal chit chat in the beginning. Send me your email address, and I'll add you to the list. -- carllinde the_usual_at_goes_here gmail.com
- I'm hosting a hacking at my house on Saturday, December 22. A group will likely form off of the Bay Area Python Interest Group (BayPiggies) --CharlesMerriam 16:42, 19 December 2007 (EST)
- Connecticut has two XO User groups, a Yale Interest Group and a small test deployment Middletown Childrens Project
- Listen in Tally, FL would like to find out if any others in the area have gotten an XO laptop. It would be great to see how the XO works when there is more than one around.
- I would like to help contact the govt about getting involved in the OLPC program and supply these machines to kids/schools in FL. In fact I have just found a page that helps you do this: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC4USALobbying. We need more sample letters on here so that more people will write to their Reps.
Let Love Flow
I'm in Santa Rosa Beach, not far from Tally... Interested in helping too. firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to get a chapter going at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, FL. If anyone is interested email me at: email@example.com
I'm in New Port Richey, Florida, just northwest of Tampa. I am interested in helping however I can. I have been an active volunteer for Pasco County Schools since 2004, and I'm willing to speak with local officials. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Atlanta has a small ad-hoc user group. An elementary school in Fulton County is piloting a lending program with 10 XO laptops that arrived August '08. http://www.creekview.org, image
- Tat Au is interested in forming an XO Learning Club in the Atlanta, Georgia area to allow young XO owners to get together, explore and have fun with XO and learn about OLPC.
- Chicago is the home of OLPC Chicago and ILXO, with the IMSA campus chapter in Aurora
- OLPC Chicago is a grassroots group backing several initiatives, including the Illinois Low Cost Laptop Act
- IMSA is a Highschool campus chapter (Aurora), they have several XO's and are active in testing and debugging
- ILXO was a summer 2008 office of full-time OLPC volunteers; many are still active virtual community members.
- An XO User Group has been formed at Moraine Valley Community College (in Palos Hills, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago). XO users from Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois (and beyond) are welcome to join. The first club meeting will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2008. Contact Larry Langellier for additional details.
- OLPC New Orleans
- Organizing for a future deployment of XOs. If interested, contact email@example.com (Adrienne Warren) for more details.
- Massachusetts has several different active user groups: Lexington and Olin
- Lexington: LeXO: Lexington XO Users Group is focused on spreading information on OLPC
- Needham/Wellesley: Olin university chapter - is active, helps with tech support and is setting up a repair center
- OLPC Boston is an active XO Users group.
- There is an XO Owners, Cambridge/Boston area group on Facebook
- ellohay! West Michigan http://www.ellohay.org
- Interest has been expressed by future-nonprofit organization's executive director, Marie-Claire Camp, but no group has yet formed
Bill McTeer The Minnesota Chapter of the Independent Computer Consultants Association is starting a group. We would love to link up with others in the area. We have a Google Group located here: http://groups.google.com/group/icca-mn-olpc
Patrick Stein Bought an OLPC for my son Isaac, but I intend to develop some apps for it soon.
- Picayune Interest Group
- Interest has been expressed but no group has yet formed
OLPC Saint Louis A Saint Louis Public Education OLPC awareness program looking for volunteers for School District wide fundraisers, events, and donations to the OLPC Organization from all the local schools. This is for Regional,local, and charter school districts as well as providing XO's for worldwide students. Find me @ ZacharyJamesKraft or @ my [firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail] and also on facebook and twitter under the same name.
- The Grassroots projects in Missouri have two different mailing lists, but no groups yet.
- Andrew Jensen is looking for others with XO laptops in the St. Louis Area, with the goal of sharing resources and seeing how they work together. Contact at PlatonicJensen(at)yahoo.com.
- Native Ascent (USA, Bozeman, MT) http://www.abaetern.com/nativeascent
- Is working with Ft. Belknap Indian Resevation in Montana and the Marsabit District in Northern Kenya
- Santa Fe Complex OLPC Community
- Three areas in New York are organizing Local User Groups
- North Carolina
- This group is centered among Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and can be reached at their mailing list
- Oregon is home to two user groups, one in Portland and one in Eugene
- Jane Krauss began the group on November 16. Here's a link to our Eugene XO Users Workspace. Jane hosts an XO educator group in Classroom 2.0 also. --Mark 14:29, 21 November 2007 (EST)
- Oregon State University has a group of OLPC users and developers who meet regularly and are developing a few XO-specific projects, including the Helix media player. Contact mburns.
- OLPC Pennsylvania
- This state has a couple of interested members on our wiki, but haven't yet formed as a group.
- Student Technology Outreach is part of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
- Philadelphia/Delaware Valley: Any interest in a local user group? Give me a holler and we'll set something up! Ike9898 09:48, 9 January 2008 (EST)
- Rhode Island
- A Rhode Island group formed for a few meetings, and appears to have a couple avid contributors, but seem to not have continued as a grassroots group.
- http://wiki.laptop.org/go/South_Carolina Groups in South Carolina have been talking to OLPC for years.
- Dallas has DFWXO, Dallas FortWorth Area XO users group
- In Houston, Texas, Robert Nagel has started an XO User Club. See http://www.olpcnews.com/use_cases/community/start_xo_user_club_houston.html and http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/weblogs/idiotprogrammer/?p=83399673 for more information. The first meeting is on a Saturday the 2nd or 3rd week of January.
- OLPC Vermont Vermont Development and Grassroot Group.
- The Vermont group is focusing on emulating the [[Sugar] UI and is spreading info about OLPC locally.
- Washington is home to two distinct XO user communities; SeaXO and OLPC Bellingham
- Check http://www.SeaXO.com for the latest information. As we're all waiting for our XO computers, there's not very much to announce just yet. Certainly, a meetup and a chance to try out the Mesh network capabilities will be high on everybody's list. In the next few weeks more will be added to the site.
- Meanwhile if you'd like to receive any announcement and meeting information, email your contact information and interest to mailto:SeattleXO@gmail.com , or go to the SeaXO.com contact page.
- There appear to be a few people in our community with XO laptops - we'd love to find more, so created the XOBI google group at http://groups.google.com/group/xobi
- OLPC Learning Club D.C.
- The OLPC Learning Club has several very active members, including Mike Lee and Luke Faraone. The group gives educational demonstrations, contributes to various content projects and develops software for the XO, such as GASP.
Peer-reviewed educational content to implement in your classroom
- Come and explore: Interactive online schoolbook A cool new typ of textbook for XO. Please try out.
- We love to learn: Einstein.School 2.0 The interactive schoolbook that you can edit, update and improve. It makes passion the primary tool for learning.