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PhotonQ-Connecting with Nicholas Negroponte | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"child becomes agent of change, as opposed to object of change"

"If you have to measure (result), it's not big enough." (Answering question, how do you measure success of the OLPC ?)"

“Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.”

“Paper books will not exist in 5 years. The argument against books as paper objects turns out to be the developing world.”

"Every time the project is carried out, children all over the developing world ‘swim like fish’ in the digital environment …Ironically while often seen as a damaging distraction to western kids, ownership & use of a personal laptop in deprived areas is a huge advantage. Perhaps it’s because we have so much that we’re so bored & cynical.

…to own a networked laptop w/ access to internet means you’ve got access to the global conversation. You’re part of what’s happening all over world & can have digital presence as influential & dynamic as any kid in SF. OLPC machines are inspiring some interesting behaviour too…"

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nicholasnegroponte  olpc  education  outdoctrination  learning  global  deschooling  autodidacts  autodidactism  leapfrogging  cynicism  xo  behavior  society  internet  web  computing  lcproject  unschooling  autodidacticism 
december 2010 by robertogreco
eXpO fotos: an exhibition based on photos taken with XOs - OLPC News
"The cool thing is that all of the photos were taken by pupils from four different schools here in Montevideo. The pupils had participated in a workshop organized by a museum which focused on how to use their XOs to capture impressions from their lives and environment... When first heard about the exhibition I was admittedly a little skeptical about the quality of the print-outs. Because even though the XO's camera is actually quite good the quality of the saved images leaves something to be desired. However after actually seeing the photos I have to say that the quality isn't distracting at all, in fact it's actually part of the charm of the whole thing (reminding me of scanner photography in many ways)... in many ways the exhibition served as a reminder of how versatile the XO is. Yes, it's an educational tool but at the same time it definitely also has a lot of potential as an artistic tool."
olpc  xo  photography  exhibits  uruguay  montevideo  perspective  art  constraints 
july 2010 by robertogreco
OLPC Learning Club: TimeLapse Activity Released! - OLPC News
"TimeLapse is computer software for the Sugar Learning Platform used to gather periodic data (sound and images). It is the first software activity developed by Sugar Labs DC and runs on the OLPC XO-1 laptop. The idea for TimeLapse grew out of the exciting, eclectic, interdisciplinary meeting of scientists, computer programmers, pedagogues, and hardware hobbyists originally brought together by the OLPC Learning Club DC."
olpc  sugar  opensource  software  xo  edg  srg  timelapse 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Insane XO prices!!! Every Laptop must go!! - OLPC News
"Nicholas is insane. Rather like Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Galileo, or the Wright brothers, or Nikola Tesla, in their various ways. & he is insane enough to get funding for the project, manufacturing, buyers, volunteers. Is he insane enough to get countries to buy computers for up to a billion children? Time will tell. But he is not completely insane...crazy to offer 1080p video on a 1024×600 display, & it would be. But notice the HDMI output. & this isn't a $75 laptop or tablet. We don't have a price yet, although a lot of people...hoping for $300. We'll find out at CES...But what does it become if you cut out features that an XO doesn't require? Android, GPS & other sensors, NVIDIA graphics chipset, HDMI, some storage, some resolution...?
olpc  nicholasnegroponte  xo-3  xo  laptops 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Do you... - a grammar [This just nails the reason why I support the concept of OLPC. Wish I could write something like this some day...I've butchered the quote to fit in as much as possible. Go now and read the whole thing.]
"signature experience for Westerners visiting less-developed nations...see children who lack basics...entranced by...Material things you have & they don’t...less a whole lot of relatively healthy, curious young children who will ask for pens...paper...[accept] a 99-cent breast-pocket an American, picture, book & child may pore over it like a Dead Sea scroll...Money? Pshaw. Can I have your pen. Why? Because for every child who grows up without access to basics...there are a few more who get enough of the basics to grow up, but are starved for information & education...Westerners are struck by...being asked for things like pens & paper...[because we] think of poverty in terms of material comforts. & suddenly...staring at a child with just as much intelligence, curiosity, & potential as they ever had as children...difference isn’t strictly about “material” comforts — it’s about this child lacking intellectual tools we take for granted."
olpc  poverty  development  hunger  curiosity  learning  human  thirdworld  meaning  gamechanging  glvo  xo  travel  experience  cv  wealth  basics 
december 2009 by robertogreco
The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child - SlashGear
"Like the mythical predecessors that came before it, the new device is said to have an 8.5 x 11 inch touch screen made by Pixel Qi with an indoor/outdoor display, use inductive charging (like the Palm Pre), will be waterproof and cost no more than $100. Of course, you can’t buy or order one as they’re targeting 2012 for the ship date. I’ve been asked by a few folks how the OLPC project could manage this with their current specifications and the answer is simple: they won’t be able to."
olpc  development  poverty  hardware  technology  education  thirdworld  xo 
december 2009 by robertogreco
XO-3 Laptop Fantasy Distraction from Education Reality - OLPC News
"But where is this same focus on education? Where is Negroponte proudly announcing new Constructionism advances? Or paradigm-shifting learning software? Or even invoking Seymour Papret's influence?
olpc  xo  nicholasnegroponte  wayanvota  xo-3  constructivism  education  pedagogy 
december 2009 by robertogreco
OLPC Map Activity Updated for the XO Laptop - OLPC News
"With access to online maps, students can post photos of their town on a satellite map or follow a sea turtle's journey, perhaps beginning a future in city planning, tourism, or conservation. Unfortunately, most XOs are on slow, shared connections far from map servers. The web's more interactive map applications would seem out of the question. With the help of Wayan Vota's Traveling XO, I set out to update the Map activity to meet these challenges. My main technical goals were to improve speed and add collaboration. Google's Static Maps and a few JavaScript methods can make an interactive map (clickable markers, double-clicking to zoom) even with low bandwidth."
olpc  xo  maps  mapping  education  srg  edg 
october 2009 by robertogreco
One Laptop Per Child - The Dream is Over | UN Dispatch
"The laptop never came down to the hundred dollar price that was promised. The huge orders never materialized, and the project was very slow to allow sales to NGOs and charities instead of just governments. They abandoned the human-powered power source. They abandoned the special child-friendly OS. The laptop still didn’t sell to their target market in the developing world...Once the laptop finally started arriving in the developing world, its impact was minimal. We think." Response from Negroponte: AND Jon Camfield: AND See also the comments like this one: "for most people, who have been spoon-fed their knowledge all their lives, they are not capable of making the leap and learning on their own"
xo  olpc  negroponte  $100  digitaldivide  technology  debate  criticism  deschooling  constructivism  learning 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Home - Classroom Presenter for the XO
"We have produced an adaptation of UW Classroom Presenter that runs on the XO laptop. Our application enables students and teachers to collaboratively engage in classroom lesson plans using their XO laptops.
olpc  xo  software 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Inventing a New Paradigm: SugarLabs and the Sugar UI | GeekDad |
"But with Sugar, suddenly there’s something truly different. At first, the experience was maddening. How do I save a file? How do I configure networking? The XO doesn’t ship with a manual, per se, as interacting with the laptop is part of the learning through experimentation ideas that are at the heart of Constructivism, the learning theory behind much of OLPC’s mission. But each time I solved the problem, the lightbulb would go off. I began to see a new paradigm for computing, one that didn’t require the methods those of us in the developed world have used for the past two decades."
olpc  sugar  xo  software  userinterface  ui 
august 2009 by robertogreco
ivan krstić · code culture » Sweet nonsense omelet
"In truth, the XO ships a pretty shitty operating system, and this fact has very little to do with Sugar the GUI. It has a lot to do with the choice of incompetent hardware vendors that provided half-assedly built, unsupported and unsupportable components with broken closed-source firmware blobs that OLPC could neither examine nor fix." [via:]
olpc  nicholasnegroponte  sugar  sugarlabs  xo  hardware 
july 2009 by robertogreco
The XO Laptop Two Years Later: Part 1 - The Vision | GeekDad |
"While One Laptop Per Child’s recent problems are unfortunate, their vision is admirable. And for the benefit of children around the world who might never get exposed to technology such as this, I hope they succeed. As my next two articles will show, OLPC’s implementation of their hardware and software is unique and exceptional in it’s stated goal of bringing low cost laptops to kids to foster learning. With updates in the pipeline including a more innovative hardware platform dubbed the XO-2, OLPC’s future indeed looks bright."
olpc  xo  geekdad 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Sugar Activities
"Activities extend Sugar, letting you personalize your experience. Take a look around and make Sugar your own."
xo  olpc  sugar  sugarlabs  activities  education  technology  linux 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Breaking News: Videos of XO-1.5, Faster Sugar, Fedora Dual Boot - OLPC News
"Charbax has exclusive new videos of the XO-1.5 laptop narrated by key OLPC developers posted on Here is is Chris Ball, OLPC Lead Software Engineer showing a fully working demonstration of the latest XO 1.5 motherboard fresh from the lab, running a new faster Sugar Linux OS and multi-booting into a full Gnome desktop version of Fedora."
olpc  xo  hardware  software  fedora  sugar 
june 2009 by robertogreco
FrontLine SMS on OLPC XO: Revolution You Can Run With - OLPC News
"By attaching a computer (Linux, Mac, or Windows) to a cell phone with a data cable and installing his (free, open source) software, Frontline SMS, that computer is turned into a messaging hub; sending and receiving text messages via the cell phone to hundreds of contacts."
olpc  xo  hacks  linux  applications  mac  osx  windows  sms  messaging  mobile  phones  server  data  opensource  texting 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Sugar on a Stick - Sugar Labs
"The goal of the Sugar on a Stick project is to give children access to *their* Sugar on any computer in their environment with just a USB key.
sugar  xo  olpc  linux  education  portable  openclassroom  ubuntu 
february 2009 by robertogreco
OLPC's Hidden Killer App: Ultimate E-Book Reader | Epicenter from
"The OLPC's XO Children's Machine is still a little clunky around the edges, and the availability of free, modern e-books is slim. But several open source projects are emerging that promise to improve the XO's capability as an e-book reader.
olpc  xo  opensource  ebooks 
february 2009 by robertogreco
OLPC runs Processing and Arduino • The Villamil Organization
"At NYU’s ITP program, the Processing and Arduino programming environments are widely used. Since my main interest in the OLPC is to use it as a controller for projects, and since most of my projects are built using those two tools, I was very interested in getting them running on the OLPC. In addition, both Processing and Arduino are projects that have a lot in common with the OLPC project: they are focused on education, focus on making computing technology available to groups that previously would have found it difficult, are fully Open Sourced, and rely on a community-based approach to support and development. Good news: it is strikingly easy (with caveats). The Arduino IDE runs under Sugar (the OLPC’s built-in user interface) and under XFCE (a more conventional Linux window manager). Processing runs fine (albeit slowly) under XFCE. However, it gets confused under Sugar, which doesn’t handle multiple windows well."
opensource  olpc  programming  microcontrollers  arduino  processing  xo  physicalcomputing  hacking  howto  via:reas  edg 
october 2008 by robertogreco
The Hitchhiker's Guide to ...: SqueakNOS boots on OLPC
"More news from ESUG 2008: The Squeak NOS project now boots on the OLPC computer. Read more here (french). A video of the boot process is available here and some comments/code here."

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olpc  squeak  squeaknos  xo  alankay 
september 2008 by robertogreco
OLPC News: XO replacement parts available at ilovemyxo
"I just got word that the folks over received their first shipment of OLPC XO replacement parts the other day. That means that you will now be able to replace sticky keyboards, non-functioning touchpads and broken displays. Additionally you can order replacement batteries and additional power adapters.
olpc  xo  parts 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Negroponte Unveils 2nd Generation OLPC Laptop: It’s an E-Book | Xconomy
"says the cost of this 2nd-generation device, which uses dual-touch screens with 16:9 aspect ratios, will be kept to $75. (Compare that to the $188 cost of the foundation’s current first-generation XO laptop.) Costs will be kept down in part by using sc
olpc  hardware  xo  ebooks 
may 2008 by robertogreco
ivan krstić · code culture » Sic Transit Gloria Laptopi
"OLPC has a responsibility to spread the culture of freedom and ideas that support its educational mission; that cannot be done by only offering a proprietary operating system for the laptops."
olpc  opensource  linux  learning  hardware  economics  politics  software  sugar  philosophy  mac  osx  xo  microsoft  windows  culture  technology  business  education  development 
may 2008 by robertogreco

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