[IAEP] [Olpc-open] Healthcare - Potential Opportunity

Steve Thomas sthomas1 at gosargon.com
Tue Dec 18 01:40:04 EST 2012


So to quote your namesake "*A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points."*
So let me see if I can change your perspective on Etoys.  I just created a
simple lesson in Etoys such as you described in about 10-15 minutes, most
of that time was spent trying to find a good open source image of the eye
(I used the one from WIkipedia which you may want to look at if you would
like to take the Quiz I just developed).

Here is the You Tube video of why Etoys rocks and

I created the quiz with 5 "lines of code" an image, a holder and two text
objects.  You can put the lesson on a USB stuck and it will run on any Mac,
PC and Linux, because the code is Byte identical for all platforms. No
libraries to load or special drivers needed.

Now of course perhaps this could be done quicker or more cost effectively
in python :D


Below is a more full quote from Alan on IQ:

Q - What if you had an "IQ" of 500, but were born in 10,000 BC. You would
not be able to make a lot of progress. For example, Leonardo was very smart
but couldn't come up with the engines his vehicle designs needed in order
to work -- he was born in the wrong century for what he wanted to do.

Knowledge - On the other hand, Henry Ford was not nearly as smart as
Leonardo, but was born at a very good time and in a good place, so he was
able to combine engineering and production inventions to make millions of
inexpensive automobiles.

Outlook - what made Henry Ford powerful (and most other things today) was
an enormous change in Outlook (you called it a paradigm shift) which we can
symbolize by invoking Newton.

"Knowledge is Silver, but Outlook is Gold" (IQ is Lead ... because most
worthwhile problems we want to work on and solve are beyond mere IQ)

In other words, most human cultures accumulate and use a lot of knowledge
(this is what a culture is all about) that is used to survive, to
accommodate to the environment and even sometimes thrive. But the knowledge
of a traditional society is very different from that of a feudal society
which in turn is very different from a technological scientifically based

The bug most people have about schools (including many who set up schools)
is the idea that they are there to teach knowledge. (Not a bad secondary
goal, but it's a very bad idea for it to be the main goal.) Montessori was
an early voice who pointed out that the main purpose of schooling
(especially early schooling) was to help students learn and deeply
internalize the most powerful outlooks that have been discovered/invented
by humans. She observed that otherwise children wind up living in the 20th
century but with a 10th century (or much earlier) outlook ...

On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM, Alan Jhonn Aguiar Schwyn <
alanjas at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I'm not sure why, but I not like much Etoys (with all my respect to my
> namesake Alan Kay :-)
> I prefer a pure-python activity. For example, a first activity could be:
> "I know the Eye" and use a
> similar image to this: (search: eye anatomy)
> External: (muscleds, etc)
> http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_-x4oGiQWiUA/TMP2dRqClBI/AAAAAAAAAGY/PuehgCY8WJM/s1600/eye+anatomy+2.jpg
> And internal:
> http://www.floridaeyeclinic.com/images/aao-G04-large.jpg
> The first problem is obtain a good image (CC creative commons or similiar
> free license).
> ------------------------------
> Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:31:15 -0500
> From: sthomas1 at gosargon.com
> To: andrycaa at gmail.com
> CC: olpc-open at lists.laptop.org; alanjas at hotmail.com;
> sugar-devel at lists.sugarlabs.org; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org
> Subject: Re: [IAEP] [Olpc-open] Healthcare - Potential Opportunity
> Alan,
> If you have the materials (images, test, knowledge, etc.) I would be happy
> to work with you to create some materials in Etoys that could help educate
> folks about the eye and more importantly detect vision problems and provide
> suggestions and resources on how to deal with them.  If you send me some
> materials I can put something together in Etoys fairly quickly.  It would
> be available to all OLPC XO's and because its Etoys, it can also run on
> Windows, Mac and Linux (with no code changes).  If it works for both of us,
> we could put together some quick prototypes to help build a "more robust
> case".
> Stephen
> On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM, Chris Leonard <cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com>wrote:
> > From: andrycaa at gmail.com
> > To: olpc-open at lists.laptop.org
> > Subject: [Olpc-open] Healthcare - Potential Opportunity
> >
> > Hello, I'm new to this venue but am looking to contribute and/or
> determine
> > if I might have some material that would benefit the community.  I work
> for
> > a healthcare company that specializes in vision and was wondering if
> there
> > was any need for material on healthy vision or perhaps an interactive eye
> > model to teach children about the different parts of the eye.  It could
> be
> > anything in this realm really - the sky is the limit.
> >
> > My company is constantly looking for ways to give back and if there was
> some
> > interest in this I'd look to build a more robust case and inquire more
> > deeply into whether the company would be willing to put some resources
> > behind this.
> >
> > Is there anyone on this distribution list that would be able to point me
> in
> > the right direction?
> I would suggest taking a look at the accumulated notes and links on these
> pages.
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Vision_screening
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Visual_Acuity
> cjl
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