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  • Dante-Gabryell Monson
    ... From: Dante-Gabryell Monson To: Parker Rossman Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 14:10:19 +0300 Subject: Re:
    Message 1 of 2 , May 3, 2008
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      From: "Dante-Gabryell Monson" <dante.monson@...>
      To: "Parker Rossman" <g.p.ross@...>
      Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 14:10:19 +0300
      Subject: Re: textbooks made available
      Hi Parker , ( cc:  dmytri , sam , steve , michel , learningfromeachother , ... )

      thanks a lot for this update ! - and for the determination to continue collecting more electronic textbooks !  ( a previous post on this topic :

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/learningfromeachother/message/1910  )

      perhaps it could be a topic to further share and expand on the p2p social network forums - on ning ?

      http://p2pfoundation.ning.com/  

      " We study the impact of Peer to Peer technology and thought on society "


      ( revolving around topics such as the ones published on the http://p2pfoundation.wiki )

      or perhaps it could be an article for new blog started by Telekommunisten

      ( Dmytri Kleiner and Co )

      http://therevolutioniscalling.com/

      or the p2p foundation blog ( Michel Bauwens and Co )

      http://blog.p2pfoundation.net

      or both ?

      I remember we discussed the electronic textbooks briefly with cc Sam , Michel , Steve , Andrius ...  - i m not sure if there has been further follow up ( something published ? - or forwarded to p2p research ; archives  ?  )

      Thanks ,

      Cordially

      Dante

      http://couchsurfing.com/dante



      On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 10:02 PM, Parker Rossman <g.p.ross@...> wrote:

      The  The April 2008 issue of the MIT Technological Review reports that  Peru has ordered 486,500 X-Os for its poorest school children. Some there have been using them since the summer of 2007.  "The computers come loaded with 115 books including novels, poetry and classics; also introductions for teachers, a word processor, art and music programs, games including chess, a camera that can capture video or still images. One fifth grader has made a video .(And later for job training for impoverished, illiterate adults, including farmers in Africa to solve the global food shortage.

       

       

      "The X-O--that will be improved on the basis of feedback from users. I am interested in finding people interested in the development of more imaginative textbooks to be downloaded free ....

       

      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:05 AM
      Subject: Hi Kasper - Parker : Wiki textbooks made available in every one of the world's dialects ? UNESCO + Hewlett Foundation's ?

      Thanks Parker ( Hi Kasper , see Parker s reply below )

      I am forwarding this to Kasper ,
      as he initiated some african dialect wikipedia ,
      and is a hobby linguist , wiki specialist , researcher , software architect , nomad , ...

      more about Kasper :

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Guaka

      http://www.linkedin.com/in/guaka



      On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 8:09 PM, Parker Rossman <g.p.ross@...> wrote:
      I will be pleased to read the book; and you might note my new book below, and its concern about aboriginal peoples, and proposes a sequel book with more about a virtual onliine state for all Indians in the Western Hemisphere to give a powerful political voice to aboriginals.
         ***

      Many aboriginal languages, including some Indian languages in the Western Hemisphere, are being lost. And the families of many of the world's aboriginal children—who have no schools or adequate education-- have an income too small to afford decent schools. And printed textbooks, soon are out of date, are too expensive..

      The clever little `X-O Hundred Dollar Computer" is in 2008 available in only ten major languages. However, disappearing languages can in time be added.. A hundred thousand X-Os have already been ordered by each of some developing countries in Latin America , and this technology can soon can bring quality education to all of the education-needful aboriginal children in the world.

      So the author hopes that dreaming about superior `education for all' aboriginal peoples can be accomplished with new technology, where efforts to build schools have faltered for lack of resources, (The X-O can be  turned over and be used as an e-book reader.)   This rugged plastic computer for children can be used for composing music, taking pictures,  creating art, playing educational games, doing math, and accessing material wirelessly from the Internet. Where a learner has no electricity its batteries can be recharged by a wind-up lever.)

      Already available online are many free Wiki textbooks in 37 languages. In time free electronic textbooks and can be made available in every one of the world's dialects, thus helping preserve Indian and other aboriginal languages that are likely otherwise  to disappear,  Many steps in this direction are being taken by UNESCO's online conferences and the Hewlett Foundation's projects.

      Let's next dream about  giving quality education and a political voice to aboliginals everywhere.

                   **

                     Order from your bookstore, or Barnes and Nobel, or amazon.com. Available, Feb. 2008

       

                                                         KINGDOM OF WEEDS:

                   AN OKLAHOMA PRINCE DREAMS OF AN ALL-INDIAN STATE
                                                          by

                                                        Parker Rossman

                       The author had wished for this to be an interactive novel online with reader feedback, and therefore invites comments from Indians on the suggestion--here in the last chapter-- that now there can be an online `virtual state' to unite all Native Americans in our hemisphere, so as to provide a powerful political voice. So ideas are welcome at <g.p.ross@....> Perhaps there can be an interactive blog as a place for discussion. Already there are virtual reality re-creations of ancient Native American sites that can be visited as they were. New technology makes it possible for large numbers of Indians to dream together online about a great new future. How about discussion on how a `virtual' Indian can designed?                

               

                       This novel begins when a Native American teenager in 1870 and until 1906 dreamt of creating in Oklahoma Territory an all-Indian state with a red star on the American flag. It is a love story, an adventure story, and the story of how a unique punishment turned a teenage dreamer into a successful politician. This is the first novel about those fateful dramatic events in Indian Territory, the Eastern half of the state of Oklahoma now.

       

                       The author already has a very successful experimental electronic online book:  http://ecolecon.missouri.edu/globalresearch. It is regularly updated with corrections and suggestions from readers. It has been accessed over a half million times by readers in 37 countries. It has been translated into Chinese and in 2008 has a print edition published by Oceans University Press in China. Several other books by this author have overseas editions, including a novel in German. His published books include one that has been a book club selection, one for which he was invited, way  paid,  to London for a press conference, one on the Hospice movement for which he was on talk shows all over the country. KINGDOM OF WEEDS grew out of the author's experience as a newspaper reporter in the Muskogee (Creek) Indian country years ago when many elderly Indians could remember and tell stories about that exciting 1870-1906 era.

       

         PRICE , hardcover $30.95; paperback $20.95.                ISBN  978-0-595-70632-7

                             AVAILABILITY DATE  February 20 2008


       

                  Many aboriginal languages, including some Indian languages in the Western Hemisphere, are being lost. And the families of many of the world's aboriginal children—who have no schools or adequate education-- have an income too small to afford decent schools. And printed textbooks, soon are out of date, are too expensive..

      The clever little `X-O Hundred Dollar Computer" is in 2008 available in only ten major languages. However, disappearing languages can in time be added.. A hundred thousand X-Os have already been ordered by each of some developing countries in Latin America , and this technology can soon can bring quality education to all of the education-needful aboriginal children in the world.

      So the author hopes that dreaming about superior `education for all' aboriginal peoples can be accomplished with new technology, where efforts to build schools have faltered for lack of resources, (The X-O can be  turned over and be used as an e-book reader.)   This rugged plastic computer for children can be used for composing music, taking pictures,  creating art, playing educational games, doing math, and accessing material wirelessly from the Internet. Where a learner has no electricity its batteries can be recharged by a wind-up lever.)

      Already available online are many free Wiki textbooks in 37 languages. In time free electronic textbooks and can be made available in every one of the world's dialects, thus helping preserve Indian and other aboriginal languages that are likely otherwise  to disappear,  Many steps in this direction are being taken by UNESCO's online conferences and the Hewlett Foundation's projects.

      Let's next dream about  giving quality education and a political voioce to aboliginals everywhere.

      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 6:57 AM
      Subject: new pdf book online : " Wikiworld - Political Economy and the Promise of Participatory Media"

      " radical openness of education for all "

      http://wikiworld.wordpress.com/

      pdf :

      http://wikiworld.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/suoranta_vaden_wikiworld.pdf

      more details below

      Cordially ,
      Dante

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Tere Vadén <tere.vaden@...>
      Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 11:05 AM
      Subject: [p2p-research] Wikiworld
      To: Peer-To-Peer Research List <p2presearch@...>


      Dear peers & peeresses,

      We have finally published the open access book entitled "Wikiworld -
      Political Economy and the Promise of Participatory Media" that has
      already been mentioned on the list earlier. We hope that you find it of
      interest in your work. Please feel free to download (pdf) and link the
      book from http://wikiworld.wordpress.com

      WIKIWORLD
      Political Economy and the Promise of Participatory Media

      In the digital world of learning there is a progressive transformation
      from the institutionalized and individualized forms of learning to open
      learning and collaboration. The book provides a critical view on the use
      of new technologies and learning practices in furthering socially just
      futures, while at the same time paying critical attention to the
      constants, or "unmoved movers" of the information society development;
      the West and Capitalism. The essential issue in the Wikiworld is one of
      freedom – levels and kinds of freedom. Our message is clear: we write
      for the radical openness of education for all.

      Yours,

      Juha Suoranta & Tere Vadén

      _______________________________________________
      p2presearch mailing list
      p2presearch@...
      http://listcultures.org/mailman/listinfo/p2presearch_listcultures.org





    • Edward Cherlin
      On Sat, May 3, 2008 at 7:26 AM, Dante-Gabryell Monson ... See also http://www.librarianchick.com/ and WikiBooks. ... At One Laptop Per Child we are
      Message 2 of 2 , May 3, 2008
        On Sat, May 3, 2008 at 7:26 AM, Dante-Gabryell Monson
        <dante.monson@...> wrote:
        >
        > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
        > From: "Dante-Gabryell Monson" <dante.monson@...>
        > To: "Parker Rossman" <g.p.ross@...>
        > Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 14:10:19 +0300
        > Subject: Re: textbooks made available
        > Hi Parker , ( cc: dmytri , sam , steve , michel , learningfromeachother ,
        > ... )
        >
        > thanks a lot for this update ! - and for the determination to continue
        > collecting more electronic textbooks ! ( a previous post on this topic :
        >
        > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/learningfromeachother/message/1910 )

        See also http://www.librarianchick.com/ and WikiBooks.

        > I remember we discussed the electronic textbooks briefly with cc Sam ,
        > Michel , Steve , Andrius ... - i m not sure if there has been further
        > follow up ( something published ? - or forwarded to p2p research ; archives
        > ? )
        >
        > Thanks ,
        >
        > Cordially
        >
        > Dante
        >
        > http://couchsurfing.com/dante
        >
        >
        >
        > On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 10:02 PM, Parker Rossman <g.p.ross@...> wrote:
        > >
        > > The The April 2008 issue of the MIT Technological Review reports that
        > Peru has ordered 486,500 X-Os for its poorest school children. Some there
        > have been using them since the summer of 2007. "The computers come loaded
        > with 115 books including novels, poetry and classics; also introductions for
        > teachers, a word processor, art and music programs, games including chess, a
        > camera that can capture video or still images. One fifth grader has made a
        > video .(And later for job training for impoverished, illiterate adults,
        > including farmers in Africa to solve the global food shortage.
        > >
        > > "The X-O--that will be improved on the basis of feedback from users. I am
        > interested in finding people interested in the development of more
        > imaginative textbooks to be downloaded free ....

        At One Laptop Per Child we are re-imagining textbooks on the basis of
        a shared set of software, and the ideas of learning by doing in a
        system that supports collaborative discovery. We can put simulations
        and mathematical models into these works, and we can free them of the
        linear form that is required when every student is to do the same
        lesson on the same day. We can also invite students to write their own
        textbooks, based on the fact that they know better than adults how
        they can best learn the material. If you are interested, you can join
        the Library mailing list at http://lists.laptop.org/. Write to me
        privately if you have any questions I can help with.

        Among other things, we want to teach schoolchildren how to learn even
        without a teacher, and how to understand, become competent in, or
        master a subject, according to their needs and interests, thus
        becoming independent but cooperative learners, thinkers, makers, and
        doers.

        > > ----- Original Message -----
        > >
        > > From: Dante-Gabryell Monson
        > > To: Kasper Souren ; Parker Rossman
        > > Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:05 AM
        > > Subject: Hi Kasper - Parker : Wiki textbooks made available in every one
        > of the world's dialects ? UNESCO + Hewlett Foundation's ?

        All 6900+?

        > > Thanks Parker ( Hi Kasper , see Parker s reply below )
        > >
        > > I am forwarding this to Kasper ,
        > > as he initiated some african dialect wikipedia ,
        > > and is a hobby linguist , wiki specialist , researcher , software
        > architect , nomad , ...
        > >
        > > more about Kasper :
        > >
        > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Guaka
        > >
        > > http://www.linkedin.com/in/guaka
        > >
        > > On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 8:09 PM, Parker Rossman <g.p.ross@...>
        > wrote:
        > >
        > > > I will be pleased to read the book; and you might note my new book
        > below, and its concern about aboriginal peoples, and proposes a sequel book
        > with more about a virtual onliine state for all Indians in the Western
        > Hemisphere to give a powerful political voice to aboriginals.
        > > > ***
        > > >
        > > >
        > > > Many aboriginal languages, including some Indian languages in the
        > Western Hemisphere, are being lost. And the families of many of the world's
        > aboriginal children—who have no schools or adequate education-- have an
        > income too small to afford decent schools. And printed textbooks, soon are
        > out of date, are too expensive..

        See http://www.ethnologue.org/ for information on the state of 6,912 languages.

        > > > The clever little `X-O Hundred Dollar Computer" is in 2008 available in
        > only ten major languages.

        This turns out not to be the case. XOs have been ordered for ten
        countries, but rather more languages.

        > However, disappearing languages can in time be
        > added.. A hundred thousand X-Os have already been ordered by each of some
        > developing countries in Latin America , and this technology can soon can
        > bring quality education to all of the education-needful aboriginal children
        > in the world.

        OLPC has many more localization projects than that. See
        http://dev.laptop.org/translate/languages/

        Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Aymara, Basque, Bengali, Bengali (India),
        Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese
        (Taiwan), Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Dzongkha, English, English
        (South African), English (US), Finnish, French, Friulian, Fula,
        Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi, Icelandic,
        Igbo, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Kreyol,
        Macedonian, Malayalam, Maltese, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Pashto,
        Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi, Quechua,
        Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovenian, Sotho,
        Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu,
        Vietnamese, Wolof, Yoruba

        XOs have been ordered in quantity with English, French, Spanish,
        Haitian Creole (Kreyòl), Kinyarwanda, Amharic/Ethiopian, Cambodian,
        Dari, Pashto, and Mongolian. But there are laptops in use in pilots in
        a number of other languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Hausa,
        Igbo, Yoruba, Thai, Nepali, and several languages of India.

        Any language community is welcome to create their own. Part of the
        plan is to use the built-in video cameras and microphones to preserve
        language, culture, oral history, and whatever else the community would
        like to record.

        > > > So the author hopes that dreaming about superior `education for all'
        > aboriginal peoples can be accomplished with new technology, where efforts to
        > build schools have faltered for lack of resources,

        Schools can be built for much less money than providing an XO laptop
        for each child.

        > (The X-O can be turned
        > over and be used as an e-book reader.) This rugged plastic computer for
        > children can be used for composing music, taking pictures, creating art,
        > playing educational games, doing math, and accessing material wirelessly
        > from the Internet. Where a learner has no electricity its batteries can be
        > recharged by a wind-up lever.)

        The software is designed for collaboration, providing sharing of
        active work between multiple students. Multiple cursors in a Write
        document, for example, with all of the students in the group able to
        type at the same time.

        > > > Already available online are many free Wiki textbooks in 37 languages.
        > In time free electronic textbooks and can be made available in every one of
        > the world's dialects, thus helping preserve Indian and other aboriginal
        > languages that are likely otherwise to disappear, Many steps in this
        > direction are being taken by UNESCO's online conferences and the Hewlett
        > Foundation's projects.
        > > >
        > > > Let's next dream about giving quality education and a political voice
        > to aboliginals everywhere.

        Why dream? Join in.
        --
        Edward Cherlin
        End Poverty at a Profit by teaching children business
        http://www.EarthTreasury.org/
        "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."--Alan Kay
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