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I am Sam Klein, former OLPC director of content + community, Wikipedian, remix enthusiast. Please leave a message for me on the Meta-wiki if you need to reach me. I am always interested in new ideas for content (books, images, software, simulations, activities) to include on XOs, interfaces to make them more awesome for children, or new ways to use them in educational settings.

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The next necessary thing... is neither the construction of a universal Esperanto-like culture... nor the invention o some vast technology of human management. It is to enlarge the possibility of intelligible discourse between people quite different from one another in interest, outlook, wealth, and power, and yet contained in a world where tumbled as they are into endless connection, it is increasingly difficult to get out of each other's way.

Clifford Geertz, Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author (1988)

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Creator networks: Atelier labs
New rpms : Gstreamer, from daf, flash bundles from AJVdV's learning consort
recently created : Content filtering
2010 update: quick notes

New notes

In discussing the many ways that students might want to share, review their work, find new tools or activities, back up their work, visualize, schedule, or otherwise handle daily life, we came up with a number of general concepts suitable for hacking one's life at any age and in any location. A little "hack my life" (HML) primer, along with a primer for getting joy out of the XO, may be appropriate at some point.

Here are some of the quick notes we took:


* self-assessment       * learn anything          * teach what you know
* job placement (vols)  * courses and certific'n  * teacher cert  
* personality matching  * how-tos, unal library   * peer tutoring
* room/job/mate search  * competitions

* life sched/budg assessment           * self-help, assisted coelho-evol   
* (home) improve: clean, decor, space  * custom plan creation
* order, plan, list, sale              * personal tracking, reports

* phy/ment makeovers    * life backups  - all normal data sources 
* advice/assessment     * long-term storage - fixed f for 100 yrs?
* Jake's List, cats     * publishing    - w once, p everywhere
* 'address' makeover - solve domain probs, persistence
The Game                
* world of wiki games   * Shards/worlds for families and social grps
* real trolls, complex  * Diff JS/H5/Flash tools  * visualizing real data
* visual impact of play * 3d clients, 2life       * real-time interaction

Achievements            Courses & Search           Reputation SUL
* badges, medals        * support local teachers,  * promote old sol'ns 
* certificates            convert to CCAE et al    * provide secure way
* trophies, titles      * support remote teachers    to share publicly
Jake's Lists            Networking
* contacts (angie)      * by skill, passion. M turk by capability
* post-based (craig)    * share expert work w existing nets

Earlier notes

1. Definitions:

Pilot: Any project with less than 5,000 laptops in the same school or community with the goal of supplying an XO to every primary school age child.
Deployment: Any project with more than 5,000 laptops in the same region that has been launched with significant engagement by national educational leaders, with a goal of of supplying an XO to every primary school age child.

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I'm moving my weekly journal out into OLPC:News/2008 for all to collaborate there. Please add your own links, news, notes, updates, and (very brief) comments. If you are working regularly on any sort of local project related to OLPC, including education, curation, software, electronics, peripherals, reporting, roadshows, documentation, or art, be bold and add your updates directly to the latest week's page.

OLPC Deutschland is having a wicked good time with Jim at LinuxTag. Here is a LinuxTag flyer they designed... Others there include Bert F., Bernie, and H0lger. Leave comments if you've had a chance to visit them or attend any of their presentations!


Material world

OLPC bookdrive, hackathon, barcamp

Share the love with One Laptop per Child, the Creative Commons, Textbook Revolution, and the entire world!

Take action

for books and "livecontent" for quality CC works that should make the DVD!

  • Publishers, authors, and editors - consider putting your works

under a [Creative Commons license]( so we can spread them around the world!

Join us

We are collecting all the free books, movies, music, and other content that we can in the next five days. Then, on Tuesday (2/19) the Creative Commons will be burning a LiveDVD as part of [ LiveContent 2.0] with the selection of CC licensed materials that we are gathering --- this DVD will be distributed to events such as South by Southwest and elsewhere. The bundle of books and educational resources we collect will be used by OLPC to send all over the world for children, families, and schools! And Textbook Revolution will compiling and reviewing the best college-level resources they can find for the coming re-launch of their new, community driven site.

On Saturday, there will be a hackathon/jam at Olin college. If you are planning a similar jam or barcamps, add it to the list above!


... in Spanish...

Únete a One Laptop per Child, Creative Commons, de Textbook Revolution, compartiendo con el mundo entero!

Qué hay que hacer:

  • Contarnos de los "libros libres" que conozca
  • Compartir canciones, películas, y más bajo que tengan la licencia CC.
  • Guardar libros con tags: "ftbp" para los libros de calidad y "livecontent" para las obras que pueden entrar en el LiveContent DVD!
  • Editores, Autores, y Editores - considerar la posibilidad de poner sus obras bajo una licencia de Creative Commons, para que se pueden propagar por todo el mundo

Únete a nosotros:

  • OLPC Jam en Boston.
  • Lanza tu propia barcamp o "sesión mermelada".
  • El IRC: # olpc-content en, en #olpc-es te pueden orientar.

Estamos recogiendo todos los libros, películas, música y otros contenidos que podamos en los próximos cinco días! Luego, el martes (2/19) de la Creative Commons será la grabación de un LiveDVD como parte de LiveContent 2.0 con gran selección de los materiales con licencia CC que estamos reuniendo. Este DVD se distribuirá en eventos como el Sur y Suroeste (South By Southwest) y en otros lugares. El paquete de libros y recursos educativos que recopilemos se utilizará por One Laptop per Child para enviar a todo el mundo para los niños, las familias y las escuelas. Y Textbook Revolution está compilando y haciendo revisión de los mejores estudios de nivel superior para el próximo re-lanzamiento de su nuevo sitio web comuniario.

El sábado, habrá un hackathon / Olin atasco en la universidad. Esperamos que otros se creen atascos y barcamps y "sesiones mermeladas", y serán agregadas a la lista arriba!

... In European Portuguese ...

Junta-te ao One Laptop Per Child, Creative Commons, e Textbook Revolution para partilhar com o mundo inteiro!

O que fazer

  • Submete para nós os livros livres que conheças
  • Partilha músicas, filmes, e mais com a licença CC.
  • Marca livros no com o tag: "ftbp" para os livros de qualidade e "livecontent" para as obras que podem entrar no LiveContent DVD!
  • Editores, e Autores - considerem a possibilidade de colocar as suas obras sob uma licença da Creative Commons, para que se possam propagar por todo o mundo!

Junta-te a nós

  • OLPC Jam em Boston.
  • Lança o teu próprio barcam ou jam (sessão de actividade e convívio).
  • No IRC: # olpc-content em, e #olpc-brasil.

Estamos a recolher todos os livros, filmes, música e outros conteúdos que podemos nos próximos cinco dias! Depois, na terça-feira (2/19), a Creative Commons fará a gravação de um LiveDVD como parte do LiveContent 2.0 contendo uma grande seleção dos materiais com licença CC reunidos. Este DVD será distribuído em eventos como o Sul por Sudoeste (South By Southwest) e em outros locais. O conjunto de livros e recurso educativos que compilaremos será utilizado pela One Laptop Per Child para enviar por todo o mundo para crianças, famílias, e escolas. A Textbook Revolution está a fazer a compilação e revisão dos seu melhores recursos para o ensino superior para o re-lançamento em breve do seu novo site comunitário.

No sábado, haverá uma hackathon na universidade Olin. Se planeias um evento parecido, adiciona à lista em cima.


Here is a small universe of developing ideas about many aspects of the project. Feel free to dive in and edit or comment directly on those pages. I'm considering what core use cases are being prohibited by opportunistic order of operations in implementing our vision. 20:51, 8 January 2008 (EST)

User needs

Learning how to use your own machine means being able to use normal developer toolchains once you get down to a shell -- having man pages, syntax-highliting editors, and compiler toolchains available or hinted at should be a bare minimum. Learning to hack your system shouldn't require jumping through extra hoops that others would not have to. Alternately, there should be provisions in place to create space for students and teachers to set up services or do development on school servers. This and useful 'view source' keybindings are needed to start breaking into one's own systems and making interesting discoveries.

Bundling up

The first notion of bundle is an executable collection of code and supporting material, along with the objects that it can read or store. Bundles are shared or distributed as a whole; objects they create can be shared or reused individually.

There is also a notion of a generic bundle -- a simple way to throw a few objects together and label them, for the purposes of sharing. It may be helpful to have a bundle manager activity, which helps find what exists (rather than the Journal, finding what people have done).

Security discussions around bundles have focused on the idea that they are all executable. Generic bundles will likely not fall under this regime. We should think about an intermediate level of security that supports some sort of group stamping by community groups. This would let anyone who wants to use and test and review new activities can play with a reasonable but not completely stable/approved set of activities.

A budding publishing career

Lulu has some delightful collections of books. Some authors publish entire series of free texts on their own; others see using the channel for self-publishing as an art form in itself. My favorite author is currently cedric du zob -- his abstracts and book summaries alone are worth a read, and I fear that actually reading any of his work might ruin my fine first impressions.

Sites such as Lulu and Flickr, whose primary purposes are not to highlight free works - but in these cases to provide tools for meaningful self-publishing, or a social sites for storing and sharing photos - have been remarkably successful at attracting collections of free works, all the same. This jibes with my feeling that a focus on freedom is at best of temporary interest, as it is the natural state of sharing and creativity which only seems imperiled while we have a culture that teaches that sharing should only be done with care, or that the way to succeed is to carefully control the use of ideas, and imagines high barriers to creation and distribution.