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  • 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
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      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

      > > ----- 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

      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
      "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."--Alan Kay
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