Showing posts with label XO Laptop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label XO Laptop. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

XO Lesson Plans Aligned to Common Core Standards

XO Plans for You is a wiki developed by OLPC for the purpose of sharing elementary school lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards. To a find lesson plan for you start by selecting a grade level (1-5) then select a content area (ELA, Math, Social Studies, or Science. The lesson plans are displayed in a grid that includes alignment to Common Core Standards and a list of the resources needed to conduct each lesson.

Applications for Education
XO Plans for You could be a good place for elementary school teachers to locate lesson plans that align to their instructional goals. The lesson plans are published through Google Documents so that you can save a copy into your personal Google Drive account.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Take a Look at the New OLPC XO 3.0 Tablet

The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is happening this week in Las Vegas. This week is when the some of the biggest companies in the tech industry unveil new gadgets and software. One product of interest to some educators is OLPC's new XO 3.0 tablet. Tekzilla's Veronica Belmont interviewed OLPC's CTO and got the skinny on OLPC's newest offering. Watch the video here or as embedded below.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sugar on a Stick - Run Linux from USB

I resisted the temptation to title this post "Sugar on a Stick is Sweet" because that title might not have been descriptive enough. Sugar on Stick is a new release from Sugar Labs that will allow you to download to a USB drive and run from it the Sugar Linux environment. The Sugar Linux environment is best known for its use on the OLPC XO laptop. Although I haven't tried Linux on a Stick yet, (Iplan to as soon as I get another USB drive), but I have used and have had students use an OLPC XO with the Sugar Linux environment. My students who tried it found it easy to use and particuraly liked the user interface. To see screenshots and read more about Sugar on a Stick, check out the Ars Technica review.

Applications for Education
Sugar on a Stick could be a good, fairly easy way to bring the Linux environment to your school's computers. If you're in a school that is not ready to take the full plunge into Linux, you could use Sugar on a Stick to have students and faculty try it out.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tom Brady Goes Into His Pocket for OLPC

Usually, you hear about NFL quarterbacks stepping into "the" pocket. In this case we have a quarterback reaching into "his" pockets. Tom Brady, the injured star quarterback of the New England Patriots has announced on his blog that he has purchased 1,500 XO Laptops. Tom is sending the laptops to Uganda where his sister is doing humanitarian work.

If you or someone you know is interested in donating XO laptops please visit the Amazon XO website. Something that is different about this year's program is that you have the option of purchasing just one computer to donate for $199 rather than purchasing two at $399.

Friday, May 23, 2008

A Response to "Thanks for the PC."

CNET ran an article today titled, Thanks for the PC. What do I do with it? The article was written in response to a recent survey in which more than two-thirds of teachers said they were not seeing substantial academic improvements as a result of one-to-one computing programs. The article goes on to cite a recent panel discussion at the Future in Review where the panelists pointed to a lack of "how-to" training for teachers as the reason schools aren't seeing significant improvement. One panelist made the argument that there are hundreds of years of teaching methods based on books and there is only a decade or so of teaching methods with computers.

The panelists are correct. Too often the emphasis from local, state, and national government is on standards and reporting. The standards are written based on old methodology therefore anyone trying to develop new methods to teach with technology runs the risk of not meeting standards. The danger of not meeting standards prevents some schools from trying new methodology including teaching with technology. The safe thing for schools to do is to focus on reporting methods and minor tweaking of old methodology. Until schools make whole-hearted commitments to training teachers on methods and means of teaching with technology, the success of one-to-one computing programs will remain limited.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

OLPC Second Generation Laptop

According to the TED Blog the second generation of the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) XO laptop is slated for release in the next 18-24 months. This second generation laptop will be called the XO-2 and feature two touch screen displays that can be used independently or together as one flat panel. The new XO-2 is significantly smaller and lighter than the current XO laptop. Visit the TED Blog or Laptop Magazine for more pictures and a short video about the XO-2.

OLPC has not mentioned what type of operating system the XO-2 will have. Given the announcement last week that Windows XP will soon be available for the XO laptop, I won't be surprised if Microsoft technology is incorporated into the XO-2.

Later this week I'll be posting an in-depth review, including video comments from students, of the XO Laptop.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Windows XP to be used on OLPC's XO Laptop

The BBC and TechCrunch have both released news in the last few hours announcing that Windows XP will soon be available for the OLPC XO laptop. Michael Arrington at TechCrunch is speculating that Microsoft may have made a hefty donation to OLPC in order for this to happen. Meanwhile, Jonathan Fildes at the BBC is taking a more market-driven approach to the story. Fildes reports that some developing countries (the target market for OLPC) have insisted for a while now that OLPC make Windows an option. As always the true story probably lies somewhere in the middle.

Putting my personal bias against Windows aside, I think this is a good move for OLPC and for education in general. I've been able to put aside my ani-Window bias because the cost typically associated with Windows licensing seems to be removed for OLPC. The BBC reports that the cost of adding Windows XP will be approximately $10 bringing the total cost to roughly $198. While I would prefer to see more kids learning and adopting Linux, if making Windows an option for the OLPC XO laptop gets more computers in more kids' hands around the world then I'm all for it. Yes, it does create a potentially large group of students predisposed and trained to use Windows, but if that is what it takes to improve education in developing countries then I'm willing to put down my anti-Windows flag.