[sf-lug] Linux Users' Group of Davis, Dec. 16: One Laptop Per Child and Sugar: Collaborative, Joyful, and Self-empowered Learning

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Sat Nov 30 00:12:33 PST 2013

The Linux Users' Group of Davis (LUGOD) will be holding the following meeting:

  December 16, 2013
  7:00pm - 9:00pm

  OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) and Sugar: Collaborative, Joyful, and
  Self-empowered Learning

  presented by Sameer Verma, San Francisco State University

    The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project <http://one.laptop.org/>
    has had several beginnings.  The idea has roots in the 60s.
    It gained momentum in the last 15 years.  OLPC released the idea to the
    world in 2005, and its first product in 2007.  A lot has changed
    since then.  We'll look at an update on the projects, learning
    through robotics, assessment through learning analytics, offline
    mirco-clouds, HTML5 apps, Sugar <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Sugar>
    on tablets and Raspberry Pi, and other new initiatives.  In a world of
    cheap, Android-driven tablets, how does the idea of OLPC fit?
    What role does the Sugar learning platform continue to play inside
    and outside of OLPC?  Help us grow the initiatives so that children
    of the world may continue to have a chance at collaborative, joyful,
    and self-empowered learning.

About the speaker:
  Sameer Verma, Ph.D. is professor of Information Systems at San
  Francisco State University.  His research focuses on the diffusion
  and adoption of innovative technologies.  He is currently working on
  several academic research projects which include the diffusion of
  open source software, sustainable IT in rural and remote environments,
  and the impact of offline networks.  In addition to his academic work,
  Professor Verma has worked with companies in consulting capacity in
  the areas of content analysis, management and delivery.

  Professor Verma is on the Board of Directors of the Drupal
  Association.  He also serves on the advisory boards of WiRED
  International, The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB)
  at SF State, and some San Francisco Bay Area technology companies.
  He is also the founder of the Commons Initiative at SF State, the
  OLPC San Francisco and communities, and an institutional partner at
  the Centres of Excellence, University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

This meeting will be held at:

  Yolo County Public Library, Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch
  Blanchard Community Meeting Room
  315 East 14th Street
  Davis, California 95616

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About LUGOD:

  The Linux Users' Group of Davis is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization
  dedicated to the Linux computer operating system and other Open Source
  and Free Software.

  Since 1999, LUGOD has held regular meetings with guest speakers
  in Davis, California, as well as other events in Davis and the greater
  Sacramento region.  Events are always free and open to the public.

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  Please visit our website for more details:  http://www.lugod.org/

Bill Kendrick
pr at lugod.org
Public Relations Officer
Linux Users' Group of Davis

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