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--Sj leave me a message 02:55, 13 January 2008 (EST)

My Reply / cross-posted

Thanks for the welcome & cute little green obsession

Hi SJ! It's fascinating to watch the G1G1 program turn the olpc developer community into a developer/(adult)user community, especially with the needs of the G1G1generation being so different than those of the real olpc child users.

One possible frame: Treat all adults as "teachers" who need to learn about the XO for their own use (write a memo to an administrator; search the web for lesson materials, e-mail colleagues, etc) as well as for its pedagogical purposes.Some of the "how I did it" bbs material could fit that model, if aggregated on some wiki pages.

Best of luck integrating/linking/differentiating the BBSs, lists, Wikis etc. I've been in "where to start" mode for a month. Not the best environment for my personal mixture of olpc/add/ocd... :-)

Assuming that there are others like me who are frustrated with one of the basic tools, I added a few paragraphs to the Write page today and would like to do more... Perhaps that is already covered in a new edition of the beginner's guide since my last look; if so it needs a link on that page... but my XO-centric vacation is over; I have about 90 students of my own to face tomorrow and a syllabus still in need of updating! During the semester, I may enlist students into helping think the the SilverStringers material into an '10-year-old-international-stringers' model...

Elsewhere, I've documented my own olpc distractions and xocentricities on my User:Robby wiki page, at and here: (By the way, I've managed to put a 'post to delicious' button on top of XO Opera)

OLPC is inspired, inspiring and addictive; you're lucky to be there in an official (and, I hope, reasonably salaried) capacity. I'll help when I can. Robby 16:09, 13 January 2008 (EST)

Journalism? Hurrah!

Hi, Robby! A belated welcome - you might also enjoy Journalism Jam New York if you haven't already seen it. This is an event Brendan Ballou of Columbia ran last summer, and the place where the Report project was born. If you're interested in running a similar event at your university, he, I, and many others would be glad to help.

There's also the new Weekly zine which is a volunteer effort to get the news out about what's going on in the OLPC world. As you can see, we're all amateurs, and your words of wisdom would be very welcome. We're often around the #olpc-content channel on IRC - plenty of journalism (especially grassroots journalism) enthusiasts there.

I see you've started making lots of contributions to the docs and manuals. From someone on Support gang who regularly refers confused donors to the pages you've edited, many, many thanks.

Hope to see you around,

Mchua 04:53, 10 February 2008 (EST)