A group of students who have worked on two small deployments in Africa
over the past year have proposed an OLPCorps project (quick, how many C's did you read?), to encourage students everywhere to found and contribute to locally-supported school projects.
You can find and comment on the proposal for this summer on the OLPCorps Africa wiki page.
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OLPC is considering this seriously for promotion and funding this summer. The program would be open to students from all countries. Paul Commons from Indiana University has been leading the proposal development - their "one here, one there" chapter made the G1G1 flyer on the right during the fall.
What I like best about the proposal is that it is not competitive, and there is real incentive for different project enthusiasts to help one another make their projects better. In practice this happens to some degree with publicly-posted proposal contests, since everyone reads other proposals and learns from the best; but it is a silent borrowing of ideas, not the give-and-take of suggestions.
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Radio station BFM 89.9 Malaysia speaks to Tan Yii Ying of Danawa Resources talks about how the OLPC movement has fared in Sarawak thus far.
You can listen to the interview here.
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OLPC.tv is a collection 362 videos about OLPC from around the world. It has been updating since January 2007 by fan and volunteer Nicolas Charbonnier, of Denmark. Now its efforts are being expanded to include other Sugar and 1:1 Computing videos.
If you have a video to suggest to add to the ones already posted, please send them to olpctv <at> laptop.org. If you are at an OLPC event, school, or meetup, help take videos of the people there (with the consent of teachersRead the rest of this entry
Children in remote communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory are being introduced to the digital world with their own XOs as part of an international program aimed at boosting attendance. They have been localized to include the local language of Yolgnu Matha. From an announcement last month as the project was being rolled out:
Mr Lacey was hopeful the laptops would increase the current attendance rate of about 360 students regularly attending out of 500."We wantRead the rest of this entry
Things are just slowing down here after the excitement and energy brought by the 30 OLPCorps teams who were in Kigali from June 8-17th for a two-week training--the first action of the OLPC Center for Laptops & Learning.
The workshop brought OLPCorps teams to five Rwandan schools with XO laptops; the following is a brief synopsis of each training:
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1. Rwamagana B Primary School:
Rwamagana was the first school to receive XO laptops in Rwanda in 2007. The school is located an hour outside of Kigali and has a total of 750 XO laptops, 822 students (P1 does not have laptops), and 12 teachers. All students take their laptops home. Silvia Kist, of the OLPC Learning Team, along with Bryan Stuart, led training, with the support of 11 OLPCorps and 2 Rwanda Core Team Members. More details after the jump.