Friday, July 13, 2007

my CEGSA conference presentations

I've put up some notes, on the learningEvolves wiki, in preparation for CEGSA (Computer Education Group of South Australia) conference presentations, next week, about the One Laptop per Child and Alan Kay. CEGSA programme, abstracts.

One Laptop per Child
I'm fortunate in that Paul Schulz has agreed to assist me with the hardware part of the presentation

The One Laptop Per Child project plans to release millions of cheap laptops to developing countries over the next few years. This presentation will discuss the hardware, software and educational goals of the OLPC Project.

Alan Kay's Educational Vision
Alan Kay, winner of the 2004 Turing award, invented the first object orientated programming language, Smalltalk. His educational vision, developed over 30 years, has not received as much attention but is just as interesting. This presentation will describe that vision.


Sylvia said...

Hi Bill,
Did you hear the Intel/OLPC news?

Not enough details to really know what the plan is, or if there is actual cooperation here. Maybe it's just an agreement not to waste time dissing each other.

Also, there is video footage of Alan Kay's keynote at Educomm in June here:

You can see what he said and even be more prepared. I had some trouble with the video, though, but maybe it's just my machine. There is also video of the Q&A session he did afterwards.

Bill Kerr said...

Sylvia's links were:

intel/OLPC news

Negroponte was critical earlier of Intel for dropping the price of their Classmate to allegedly undermine the OLPC project. XO runs on processors from AMD, Intel's rival. The problem for OLPC was that Intel was undermining their projected economies of scale, requiring the sale of millions of units, and possibly delaying third world government signup to the project.

But more recently OLPC and Intel have been having peace talks and now Intel has joined the OLPC board and will contribute money and expertise to the project.

"But now, Intel and One Laptop Per Child might seek ways to package their computers together. For example, Intel's Classmate, which has to be plugged in, might be an option for governments to deploy in urban schools, while the XO laptops, which use very little power and can be mechanically recharged by hand, could go into rural districts"

Educomm 2007 post conference material

I tried to run the alan kay discussion session but it was too slow for my computer, unfortunately, I can't see how to download it and play it directly