This Thanksgiving break was a fun and relaxing one, but as usual, Mira (my 7-year old daughter) had her "I'm bored!" spells one day. After trying to get her to draw, color, paint, read, etc. I tried something new. We went outside and looked at interesting things. The Moon was pretty that evening. Then came the question:
"Does the Moon move in the sky?"
A telescope, a laptop with the Telescope activity, and oodles of patience.
Today is XO Day! Credit and kudos to T.K. Kang of Hong Kong to come up with the idea a few years ago and keeping up with it.
On November 16, back in 2005, the One Laptop per Child concept was released by Kofi Annan, Nicholas Negroponte and Mary Lou Jepsen at a press conference at the WSIS in Tunisia.
This is the Pathagar Book Server running on a Raspberry Pi. The distribution is derived from Raspbian, which itself is from derived from Debian. I removed all the GUI bits and added some server bits to make Pathagar happen. I'm calling the image Bookberry.
Debian -> Raspbian -> Bookberry.
Distro image and other details coming soon.
We got off to a fantastic start. San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee has declared October 20, 2012 One Laptop Per Child Day in San Francisco!
The proclamation reads:
"THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, on occasion of the fourth annual OLPC Community Summit, do hereby proclaim October 20, 2012 as...
ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD DAY
In San Francisco!"
We are now accepting poster submissions! Some people have written and said that they would be unable to attend the community summit in San Francisco. If you can't make it to San Francisco, this is a good way for the others to know about your effort.
See the full invitation and instructions at: http://www.olpcsf.org/CommunitySummit2012/posters
A poster from last year:
I met Prof. Barry Levine at an event hosted by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State University. It was mid-December 2009. He was planning a trip to Armenia, where he runs a program at the American University of Armenia. A couple of conversations later, he agreed to work on some aspect of OLPC with his team there.
Call for proposals for OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2012 is now open. Sessions will be on Saturday, Oct 20 and Sunday, Oct 21 2012.
Keep in mind that we are looking for workshop-style sessions, and not just slide presentations. The goal of the sessions is to present information and to work on problems. Think of other people who may be interested in working with you. Talk to them and put them on your proposals. Think constructive, not just instructive!
Let the ideas flow!