Presentations/May 2008 Country Workshop

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Tuesday, May 20

10:30 Welcome

Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, One Laptop per Child

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10:45 OLPC Operational Strategy

Chuck Kane, President, One Laptop per Child

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11:00 Future and XO 2.0

Nicholas Negroponte

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11:30 OLPC as the Ninth Development Goal for the New Millennium

Nirj Deva, Member of the European Parliament

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12:15 OLPC Deployment in Uruguay

Miguel Brechner, President of the Uruguay Technology Laboratory (LATU)

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12:35 The Starfish on the Beach: Why OLPC for the Poorest and Most Remote? and How?

Oscar Becerra, Chief Educational Technology Officer, Ministry of Education of Perú

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12:55 Q & A with Miguel Brechner and Oscar Becerra video: swf ogg
1:15 Lunch and Demonstrations
2:30 High Quality Education: A Basic Human Right

David Cavallo, Chief Learning Architect, One Laptop per Child

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2:50 Global Panel

Rwanda (slides)
Senegal (slides)
Haiti (slides)
Thailand (slides)
Sri Lanka (slides)

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3:35 Q & A and Discussion with the Panel Members
4:10 Coffee Break
4:20 Children as Media Makers

Glorianna Davenport, Prinicipal Research Associate, Head of the Media Fabrics Research Group

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4:30 Music Painter Across Cultures

Barry Vercoe, MIT Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, One Laptop per Child Asia Pacific Liaison

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4:40 Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society

Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, Academic Head of the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, Head of the Lifelong Kindergarten Research Group

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5:00 Beyond the Printing Press: Computers as Learning Environments for All Children

Alan Kay, President, Viewpoints Research Institute, Inc.

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5:30 Reception and Demonstration of One Laptop per Child Learning Activities

Wednesday, May 21

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome & Overview of the workshop
9:30 - 10:00 Introduction to Sugar Desktop and User Interface

Jim Gettys, Vice President, Software Engineering

10:00 – 11:00 Sugar User Interface continued with Q&A

Eben Eliason, UI Designer
Jim Gettys, Vice President, Software Engineering

11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Localization on the XO Laptop

Jim Gettys, Vice President, Software Engineering

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12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 Connectivity – school, community and the internet

Michail Bletsas, Vice President, Advanced Technology & Connectivity

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3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 – 4:00 The Uruguay Experience

Fiorella Haim, Plan Ceibal/LATU

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4:00 – 4:30 XO Laptop School Server

John Watlington, Vice President, Hardware Engineering

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4:30 - 5:30 Discussion

Thursday, May 22

9:00 – 11:00 XO Laptop Software Roadmap

Kim Quirk, Director of Technology

11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:30 XO Laptop Power

Richard Smith, Hardware Engineer

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 Support and Repair

John Watlington, Vice President, Hardware Engineering

2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 5:00 Technology Open Discussion
6:30 OLPC Dinner

Friday, May 23

9:00 - 9:30 Activities Presentation

Dale Joachim, MIT Media Lab

9:30 - 10:30 XO Laptop Activities: loading, developing and sharing

SJ Klein, Director, Community Content

10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:30 Building and leveraging community

Mako Hill, MIT Media Lab/OLPC
SJ Klein, Director Community Content

11:45 - 12:00 Brazil Presentation

Jose Aquino, Special Advisor to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:15 Uruguay Presentation

Shirley Siri, Marcela Brener, Fiorella Haim, Plan CEIBAL - LATU

1:15 - 2:45 Key Learning issues: Local Teams, Teacher Development & Collaboration

David Cavallo, Chief Learning Architect

2:45 – 3:00 XO Laptops in Kliptown, South Africa

Julia Weber
Hannah Weber

3:00- 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Discussion and Wrap up
4:00 Adjourn