OSDC 2011 talk

OLPC Australia talk at OSDC 2011

Update: my talk has been covered by OLPC News.

Here’s the video of the talk I said I’d be giv­ing at OSDC 2011, titled Australia’s Toughest Linux Deploy­ment:

In it, I out­line our edu­ca­tional pro­gramme and how the tech­no­logy fits into it. Some key points:

  • we have a bet­ter ver­sion on You­Tube of the video I show in the talk
  • we main­tain a Policy Doc­u­ment, which provides an over­view of our over­all programme
  • OLPC Aus­tralia have two core prin­ciples in addi­tion to OLPC’s ori­ginal five
  • we have some sup­port in gov­ern­ment at dif­fer­ent levels — for example, we were praised in fed­eral par­lia­ment and the print media (pay­wall) by a prom­in­ent fed­eral Mem­ber of Parliament
  • we have deploy­ments across remote Aus­tralia — a feat that can only be man­aged through build­ing self-​​sufficiency
  • our pro­gramme is show­ing bene­fi­cial res­ults, and we are engaged in lon­git­ud­inal and detailed evaluation
  • we have a com­pre­hens­ive edu­ca­tional pro­gramme, with online train­ing and cer­ti­fic­a­tions (such as our XO-​​cert course)
  • we are break­ing depend­ence on spe­cial expert­ise and infra­struc­ture — build­ing sus­tain­ab­il­ity and grass-​​roots sup­port is key
  • deploy­ments are made at the classroom level, which is more man­age­able than sat­ur­at­ing a whole school at once
  • we don’t provide XOs without train­ing — a teacher must earn a cer­ti­fic­a­tion before they can receive XOs for their class
  • our sup­port is focused on enabling schools and com­munit­ies to help them­selves, and each other
  • we have innov­ated in the tech­no­logy space, with offer­ings such as the XO-​​AU OS, XO-​​AU USB, XOP and XS-​​AU
  • con­tex­tu­al­ising learn­ing, for example through loc­al­isa­tion, is a power­ful tool to improve engage­ment from the child, school and community
  • we invite people to join our devel­op­ment efforts
  • there’s a nice sur­prise men­tioned towards the end, which I shall elab­or­ate upon in the near future :)

For those of you who have seen me speak about OLPC Aus­tralia at SLUG, this is a much more pol­ished talk.