The OLPC seems to have run off a cliff. Sugar labs seems intent on continuing their OS UI experiments, which might bear fruit in a few years, but which for now make development for the platform untenable. Sad to see all that wasted potential that seemed to just lack someone practical saying "hey, you need to make this platform use standard mechanisms" a few years ago, or rather, someone listening to same.
So the question keeps popping out, how do I make a difference in the post OLPC world, where there are dozens or hundreds of different machines that might be used, some which will be "creative", others which will be limited to just reading... but then the OLPC is a book reader... so if we could get them access to the knowledge... well, that's a big chunk of it...
Seems that some sort of CMS system that allowed the students and teachers to run their schools, to promote, evaluate, collect, collate and create content. We described the basic mechanisms required during the OLPC project, translated to standard mechanisms instead of the OLPC-specific stuff they'd be at the cutting edge of school software. The mechanisms I was thinking we'd use are all proven technologies, and would run on any Linux machine...
There was huge bodies of material that people were willing to donate to the OLPC, sure there would need to by teachers and pedagogues, but that's what a CMS-like system lets you do easily, rate, tag, categorize and find. Why shouldn't every child have access to records of hundreds of different rated lessons on every topic they need to learn? Why shouldn't teachers be able to use the same resources to improve their teaching? Why shouldn't there be free textbooks for every grade-school subject with freely-mixed content for every topic in the curriculum? It's not like this information is particularly new.
So it'd be some sort of CMS that would be accessible from cell phones, e-paper readers, laptops, computer labs, etceteras. You'd be able to subscribe to your teacher's feed and take the bundle with you offline/home. You'd be able to upload content/work from devices that supported it. You'd be able to do basic tests/surveys. You'd be able to browse other lessons/supporting material in the topic when you have a connection. You'd be able to "collect" material for reference in your work.
It's not the kind of problem I like to program on, but maybe I need to find someone who does enjoy that kind of thing and convince them to work on it.
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