User talk:Lauren

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Welcome to the One Laptop per Child wiki. Please make yourself at home; read through the Table of Contents and FAQ, and take a look around. If you need a general wiki-tutorial, Wikieducator has some excellent ones.

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Feel free to leave me a note on my talk page if you have further questions or need help finding your way around.

Cheers, Sj

Contact lists

I'm making you a teamwiki account; see also curators and coordinators for topical divisions.

Code currently gets packaged up as Activity Bundles (design guidelines); content contributors can fill out a content information form.

substing and templates

Try {{subst:templatename}} to insert a template's content into a wikipage. Template:Content_submission will take you to the template itself (square brackets is a direct link, curly braces a template/transclude link)Sj talk 16:28, 23 May 2007 (EDT)

Internships and Infoboxen

Infoboxen: examples

Internships: how to syndicate?

teacher mailing lists and contacts

I'm pulling addresses together to make a mailing list for t2t discussions, which you should join; let's draft a first email to it tomorrow and mention what you'd like to hear about first. We can start the draft on-wiki... Here's the Thai trial notes from earlier in the month. Sj talk 19:59, 23 May 2007 (EDT)


Wikieducator has some good ones...

also, see your talk page for another welcome note. something to include in the canonical welcome template? Sj talk

Pingback from Mel

Got your message, Lauren - would love to talk. I'll be back in Cambridge starting June 6 so we should have plenty of time to meet each other. I'm catching up on a work backlog (just graduated from college) so I might be alternately quiet and spasming out content for the next few days, but drop me a line at mel at mel chua dot com (no spaces) and we can get to know each other - I'll be updating my project list soon but I'm very interested in hearing about yours, especially the howto guides, content submission, education volunteer ops, and volunteer organizing. --Mel

cool users:MNC

MNCharity has some interesting ideas, and is organizing parts of the wiki related to how to get started. 17:55, 29 May 2007 (EDT)

some templates

I worked out two templates, on for tagging some {{Pending|notes}} (which I took the liberty to splash in the page Educational activity guidelines). Feel free to remove it or comment on it. The reminder color is a bit harsh ;)

The other template (currently in the Sandbox—possibly to be named {{Task | blah | blah}}) is to allow for a more structured way to organize Tasks as mentioned in Participate. More whacky stuff can be done on the template, like automatic categories combining the category of a task and its time unit—ie: a specific category for Programming tasks that take days—but that may be pushing the envelope too far and may actually complicate things.

Either way, please let me know if you think it's usable (or has potential) so I 'graduate' it from the Sandbox. Cheers, --Xavi 19:37, 31 May 2007 (EDT)

follow-up in User talk:Xavi#Task Template
Glad you liked them!
I was thinking maybe to use a 'task' qualification for the 'automatic' categorization. Instead of categorizing under plain Programming or Other (last one could be messy) use something like Programming Task or Other Task (all sub-categories of Tasks).
Adding status and team members? Could be. It makes sense to know who's working on what and avoid nobody working on something... I'll add them. BTW, I've 'graduated' the template to Template:Task. --Xavi 13:01, 1 June 2007 (EDT)

If you need any help with templates or ideas, please don't hesitate to ask! :) I think I can pull a template that would structure things in the form of subpages and links... We can discuss it in #olpc-content or other IRC channel :) --Xavi 11:43, 11 June 2007 (EDT)

After a chat in the IRC #olpc-l10n channel we discussed a bit about 'new tagging templates' for users to put in their user pages (following the Category:User languages spirit), that in conjunction with your call in Educators#Where to Start? motivated my proto-test in Template:Sandbox (still a bit crude and needs polishing).

The idea would be to extend the mechanisms into other areas (coders, artists, etc) and also include some templates (hinted by the parameters—must verify if that actually works) that can tag things by grades, subjects, etc. Comments? --Xavi 10:27, 21 June 2007 (EDT)

I got the [[Template:Teacher]]Template:Educator sort of running (an alternative name was Educator but... [edit: now is back to educator]) please take a look at it, as I would need some help in the classification of the 'subjects'... (it's been way too long since I don't think in those lines, and had too many variations on the subject—no pun intended).
Do you IRC or skype? to chat a bit better (talk spaces are great, but too slow sometimes ;) --Xavi 12:00, 21 June 2007 (EDT)

follow-up to User talk:Xavi#Some Templates about grades, ages & subjects
Yes, I think it's a good idea! It could actually re-use some (sub)templates already used in Template:Educator (like Template:Grade & Template:Subject). But I'm still thinking that a Template:Babel-X of sort would fit better... in the meantime you could just use the {{Grade|n}} & {{Subject|whatever}} in those pages... Ideas? --Xavi 15:05, 3 July 2007 (EDT)


The educators talk page has thoughts on organizing desires and audience needs.

Projects could also use some input from a few of the new tasks you're developing -- not activity-specific, but any focused project around the laptop. [[User:Sj|Sj [[User talk:Sj|<font color="fc9"><small>talk</small></font>]]]]


Open tasks and todos:


educator template comments

(on educator template and educational organization template) - good idea to make it a copyable wikipage instead of a wiki template, but should still be in template category. should have an educators category and an educational institutions category too. needs instructions for how to use, esp. for non-wiki-using teachers. this can be used as a base for the general "volunteer/user" template and "community group" template, should we generalize now? Mchua 17:19, 14 June 2007 (EDT)

You can use {{subst:template}} to substitute the text of a page in the template space into the current page. Sj talk

Improving wiki experience for educators

Hi, is there a big picture for improving wiki experience for educators? User:Xavi and I were brainstorming on #olpc-content. Noting things like Educators isn't linked from the home page. And that the sidebar's "Learning parables" could be replaced by a link to it. And topical (and age?) categorization of resources for teachers. Thoughts? Anything folks can do to help? MitchellNCharity 13:00, 15 June 2007 (EDT)

Re "Don't want to link to Educators off the main page until it has more of a shape, but that should be soon.". I look forward to it. Though I was mistaken: Educators is already linked from the main page (in "What you'll find inside", labeled "content"). Leaving the question of replacing the sidebar's Learning parables link with a For educators link (or somesuch). Do we prefer showing each morning's visitors Learning Learning or Educators? I think Educators is already very much better. I also note the current standard for hanging off the sidebar is not high, witness Learning Learning, and the mess in Software. So I'm not sure waiting is the right model. The radio show is live, whatever its faults, but some listeners are being misdirected to the echos of an earlier, weaker act. :) MitchellNCharity 14:58, 20 June 2007 (EDT) (Feel free to delete this note once you've seen it.)

Re: New Translation Project

follow-up to User talk:Xavi#New Translation Project

Would the idea be to translate MMM lesson plan translations (local wiki) pages or the actual external link ( I'm asking because of the use of the {{Translations}} template in Slider Puzzle: Lesson Plans Overview and similar...

Regardless of what is done in this particular case, would the use of the {{Task...}} template imply that after the tagged page is translated the tag should be removed? (trying to understand the actual usage of the template ;) --Xavi 09:12, 21 June 2007 (EDT)

Joining Blogs

Hi Lauren im an OLPC volunteer and a GSOC student, i would like to see my blog in how can i do that ? --RafaelOrtiz 17:15, 24 June 2007 (EDT)

Thanks for your response--im dirakx in IRC so ping me when you have info about that --RafaelOrtiz 20:11, 26 June 2007 (EDT)

Educational activity guidelines

Are the EAG Key Design Principles pages ([[EAG Key Design Principles: Adaptability]], [[EAG Key Design Principles: Collaboration]], [[EAG Key Design Principles: Constructionism]], [[EAG Key Design Principles: Iteration and Critique]], [[EAG Key Design Principles: Mobility]], and [[EAG Key Design Principles: Transparency]]) targetted for deletion? Or will new content be put in them?

If the intent is to 'zap' them, then I recommend just adding at the top the {{delete}} tag, so that inbound links can be taken care of (either redirected or remved, so that they don't link to empty pages). --Xavi 13:07, 3 July 2007 (EDT)

Manual categories

Hi! I just noticed you created two categories: Category:Content Packages Category:Content Package July 2007 that are weird... for starters they don't seem to have the usual stuff that a category has... so I'm assuming that you created them 'manually' (instead of following a missing category link) to fill it up, could that be so?

Another aspect of weirdness is that they don't appear in Special:Categories but do appear in the namespace...

I think the best solution would be to delete them and re-create them by following a missing link... Confused, --Xavi 17:50, 11 July 2007 (EDT)

Library notes


One of Intel's things - good to look into now, given the recent news. Mchua 00:19, 16 July 2007 (EDT)

MoS, Criss

Another thing to look at for the edu comm - Boston's Museum of Science. I recommend contacting peter wong first; one of my Olin profs happens to have a house-mate who also works in the K-12 curriculum dept at the MoS. Mchua 03:08, 17 July 2007 (EDT)

And more fun education resources! Mchua 03:36, 17 July 2007 (EDT)

firefox bookmarks that serve as wiki shortcuts

Thought you might appreciate. Firefox wiki bookmarks Mchua 03:20, 17 July 2007 (EDT)

Wikieducator design process

Wayne showed me this in Vancouver. this picture is a nice way of thinking about getting educators involved... ask me for an explanation if it's overly cryptic :) Mchua 03:45, 17 July 2007 (EDT) - The eXe project is developing a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup. eXe can export content as self-contained web pages or as SCORM 1.2 or IMS Content Packages. You should ask Wayne to introduce us to Jim, who made eXe. Mchua 03:46, 17 July 2007 (EDT)

a banco for you

It's probably time to get to these pages: Banco de atividades para o OLPC. Muriel can help with localization. Sj talk 20:15, 18 July 2007 (EDT)

cool animated books

whee, more resources! This one courtesy of my aunt (a local kindergarten teacher). Mchua 13:34, 22 July 2007 (EDT)

xo manifesto

Added some stuff to the XO Manifesto - not quite sure what you're looking for, though. What's the intended audience/usage? Mchua 08:00, 23 July 2007 (EDT)

summer of content proposals

Want to give mine some feedback (OLPC volunteers portal)? So far I only have Mel's opinion... --Nikki 15:21, 23 July 2007 (EDT)

Library reviews

The STEM kids were more excited about testing than packaging, so we tested instead... I need to make a better process for reviews, but if you check out the Review squad page and the ones linked to it, there's a whole chaos of notes (will clean up tonight when I'm back at the office, after we finish packaging whatever.) Just wanted to let you know so you/sj/xavi didn't have a heart attack at the number of random new edits/accounts... they're really reviews. Mchua 15:51, 26 July 2007 (EDT)

mm, TV! - most if not all are free as in price, but not free as in open-licensed. May be worth talking to some of them and asking whether they'd like to be. Mchua 18:46, 26 July 2007 (EDT)

measure activity

Hi Lauren, this the link to the wiki page that I maintain Measure In addition to developing creative applications of my activity, id also like to make this page more creative....--Arjs 23:55, 27 July 2007 (EDT)


for yr delectation.

Re: User talk:Xavi#In Argentina in January

follow-up to User talk:Xavi#In Argentina in January

Still around these latitudes? I'll be more than glad to meet with you! :) Specially after my (forced) black-out from OLPC (I'm coming back to life)

BTW, how did the wedding go? Hope you had time for some wine-tasting... :) Xavi 20:55, 14 January 2008 (EST)

Blog comment

The following comment was originally posted to the Blogs article, when I think they might have meant to post it here. —Joe 10:20, 23 January 2008 (EST)

My name is Curlonda Simms, I'm a grad student in Organizational Communications And I saw your story on 60 Min utes. There are so many poor kids here in the US that don't have computers too. It would be wonderful if you launched in the U.S. too. At $200 a computer this would help build the capital for your overseas projects. I am probably overidealistic but this would be a great item for Oprah's favorite things. I would at least like join your blog. my email is

Getting pictures off the XO with sanity

Did you at some point have a guide for how to get pictures off your XO (for non-technical people), or know what I'm babbling about here? The Community Jam Boston folks want to post pictures, but people are struggling with how to get them out of their laptops... Mchua 16:59, 7 May 2008 (EDT)