[IAEP] Short report from day 1 of Sugar Camp #2

Martin Abente martin.abente.lahaye at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 15:08:16 EDT 2011

Sounds like a lot of fun :-)
El sep 10, 2011 6:44 p.m., "Christoph Derndorfer" <
christoph.derndorfer at gmail.com> escribió:
> Hi all,
> the formal part of day 1 of Sugar Camp #2 is slowly but surely coming to
> end. Back in May I found David's daily updates from eduJAM! very useful so
> thought I'd also briefly write up my impressions from today's events.
> Today was focused on a series of presentations:
> (1) Deployment panel
> We started into the day with a one hour panel providing an overview of
> several deployments. I spoke about the current status quo of Plan Ceibal
> looked at some of their plans for 2011. Tony introduce OLE Nepal's project
> and then shed some light on developments in Rwanda such as their server
> content bid. Mitch then spoke about eKindling's efforts in the
> Finally Jonathan gave a brief overview of the Nosy Komba project he and
> others in the French community have been working on. We tried to keep
> short and sweet but ended up talking a little too long, yet there was
> quite some time for discussing questions from Bastien and the audience.
> OLPC Europe staff member opened a pandora's box about evaluation which led
> to some particularly interesting exchanges and comments. From my point of
> view this was a good start into the day, especially since it provided a
> broad overview of some of the things which are happening in the OLPC /
> world.
> (2) Astronomy
> After the OPPP ("One Pizza Per Participant" - Copyleft Gary Martin;-)
> session Pierre Léna, a French astrophysicist and member of the Academy of
> Science, who presented a very cool and inspiring way to use the XO to
> about the moon. The core ingredients were a small telescope providing an
> zoom factor in combination with some good learning materials. I honestly
> loved the idea and found it to be one of the coolest uses of the XO in
> a while. You can find more information about this effort at
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Activities/Moon#Learning_Resources
> (3) Nosy Komba
> Jonathan and Xavier presented the deployment on Nosy Komba which is one of
> three OLPC projects on Madagascar (another one is supported by the OLPC SF
> community and supposedly there is also an OLPCorps project there which
> have survived). They currently have 215 XOs and regularly have volunteers
> from a business school here in Paris go down there to support the project.
> Xavier provided an in-depth report of a 15km wireless link which they
> to connect the school to the Internet and highlighted some of the
> interesting challenges this effort ran into. Even though I had heard about
> the deployment from Bastien during eduJAM! it was great to learn many more
> details and see plenty of photos. It definitely sounds like the project is
> going well and I can't wait to see how the project will progress over the
> coming months and years.
> (4) Nutrition
> As part of her Master's thesis Stefanie Nobel developed a nutrition
> program (supported by Danone Research) which is planned to run on Sugar
> is currently implemented as a Web application. While I write these lines
> Sascha Silbe is working with her to deal with some of the bugs she's
> into on Sugar. The program is definitely very interesting and somewhat
> reminds me of the Saludame project in Uruguay so I hope that we'll see it
> run on Sugar soon.
> (5) Story telling (A toi de jouer)
> The last presentation of the day was focused on a story telling activity
> called "A toi de jouer" which is currently being developed by Florent
> in collaboration with Bastien and Lionel from OLPC France. Again, things
> still a little rough around the edges but it's a very promising effort
> I'm sure many children and teachers around the world will find useful once
> it becomes available.
> As always plenty of interesting discussions and conversations were had
> during the breaks and it was great to catch up with many people I hadn't
> seen in a while, plus finally be able to meet rgs, Mitch, Stefanie, etc.
> Anyway, in my opinion it was definitely a great first day and now I'm
> looking forward to the many work tasks which we'll be tackling tomorrow
> on Monday:-)
> Cheers,
> Christoph
> --
> Christoph Derndorfer
> editor, OLPC News [www.olpcnews.com]
> volunteer, OLPC (Austria) [www.olpc.at]
> e-mail: christoph at derndorfer.eu
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