We are getting ready to set up the annual community summit (2014 will be the sixth such summit) and we've made a significant change to the way we organize it. This year, we will be running an online and an in-person event. The summit will be held October 17 to 19, 2014. You can either be here with us in-person, or be online and attend! Let us know what your thinking is at this time, so we can organize accordingly.
OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2014
from October 17 to 19, 2014
in San Francisco, California, USA
and online worldwide!
Mark your calendar!
Thanks to Mike Lee, a recording of the Google Hangout from our June 2014 meeting is up on Youtube. Clearly there are better ways of managing Google Hangouts, and clearly I don't know most of these, so once again, thanks to Mike Lee for saving the day! For the parts of the session on XOVis, you can see a blog post at http://www.olpcsf.org/node/208, and get slides from http://www.slideshare.net/sverma/xovis-analyticsvisualizationsugarolpc-3... .
Given the recent excitement of dead/alive discussions about OLPC and olpc, I've put together a short set of questions to help assess where the "organization" is. By organization, I don't mean a company or an institution, but the organization in general. The questions are about mission, vision, strengths, and so on.
Here's the survey.
Coffee. I'm a fan! I have a coffee table at home as well, although my kids use it to stage their Lego handiwork, so it's hardly used as a coffee table. Whether you have a coffee table or not, here are three versions of a coffee table book that we produced for various community summits. These books were given away as raffle prizes, but these are also for anyone to purchase. The pricing is at cost, as determined by Blurb, the press that produces the paper copies. Pick a softcover version, or a hardcover with a dust jacket.
Back in 2012, we gave all attendees of the OLPC SF Community Summit 2012 a bag of lenses, some sticky tape and other ways to place a tiny lens on top of the XO's fixed-focus camera and convert the Telescope activity into a microscope like magnifier. The lens itself came from a decorative acrylic cabochon priced at about 2 cents a piece! You can read more about the Tuk Lens Kit here.
Note: This post is about OLPC XO laptops and Sugar learning platform. This post does not apply to the Android-based XO Tablet.
Happy new year! May 2014 bring good deeds and cheer :-)
Join us on the 11th of January 2014 (10 AM to 1 PM) for our sixth birthday! We will have cake, along with updates, a plan for this year, and some demos. See you on the 11th!
Code.org and Computer Science Education Week organized an event two weeks ago called "Hour of Code", where they proposed that every school in the US spend one hour to get their feet wet and understand the concept of code. The event was fairly well-organized, with enough information and handouts for teachers, parents, and principals and several tutorials for K-12. I decided to organize a "Hour of Code" event at my kid's school in San Francisco.