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.
We are all wrapped up with the summit! All attendees have returned. Some have even gone on to attend the OLPC BaseCamp event in Malaysia. All the photos are uploaded. So are the videos of interviews and the hangout session at the closing party. Find all the media at http://www.olpcsf.org/CommunitySummit2013/media
I'll be presenting and running a couple of workshops at the UNESCO Conference on ICT & Education 2013 in Curaçao. The first workshop will focus on the overall report and update of OLPC and Sugar worldwide (that's a wide footprint!). The second will focus on the server/micro-cloud backend for content management, system monitoring and learning analytics.
If you've ever attended the OLPC-SF Community Summit, you're familiar with the t-shirts that we give to all attendees. In the past, we've had a volunteer step up to create the design which has worked out well but we've always wanted to encourage openness and collaboration where possible. After all, this is a Community Summit. Which is why this year, we are hosting a T-shirt Design Collaboration to get more involvement from the community in the open-source spirit.
Can't make it to San Francisco for the Community Summit? Send us your poster! We are currently accepting submissions for the 2013 Community Summit Poster Session. Submitting a poster is a great way to let others know about your project. Full details are available on the submission page.
Call for proposals for OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2013 is now open! Sessions will be on Saturday, Oct 19th and Sunday, Oct 20th.
Mike Lee has been running conversational interviews with OLPC and Sugar volunteers from around the world. He is doing this under the banner of the "Unleash Kids" effort. It looks like Mike has mastered the art of Google Hangouts! Here's one he did with our very own Carol Ruth Silver and Mike Dawson of OLPC Afghanistan fame.
Every afternoon, when I go to pick up my daughters from school, I ask them "What did you do in school today?" Several years into the ritual, it has become a habitual question now, and I get varying degrees of responses from them, depending on their mood, and what they feel like sharing. To me, it's of paramount importance to hear it from them. At least until they stop sharing with me