I would like to see such a production begin with children, in schools that have already received XO computers, demonstrating what they can do with them. This would include the mesh networking, dual-mode monitor, Sugar interface, and some of the networked activities.Now why might John have such an interest in OLPC video? Isn't there enough randomly scattered across the web or concentrated on the excellent OLPC.TV? Well, maybe John has a point with his rationale:
Since the units that have already been distributed to children are the B2 builds, the documentary might conclude with a visit to MIT and demonstration of the enhanced capabilities of the B3 units, and a description of other design changes that might take place, such as the antenna, before mass production begins.
If sufficient orders from national departments of education have not been received at the time the documentary is produced, the documentary could help raise the orders, or be used as a fund raising tool.Now what might Charbax, the vlogger behind OLPC.TV have to say about John's proposal? As you might expect, he totally agrees:
I know that if an opportunity for individuals to purchase two XO computers, one of which the buyer would receive and the other being given to a child in a developing country, I would like to see a comprehensive documentary before placing my order.
I agree, I've been pushing Walter Bender and Nicholas Negroponte over email for the past year every once in a while, cause I'd like more video content be published on http://olpc.tv From:one, two, three, English transcriptions of the OLPC Uruguay videos from Ceibal, Uruguay thanks to the transcription/translation efforts of Alec McLure. There you can find gems like these:
- Filming of children using the laptops and teachers integrating them into the class
- Engineers fixing bugs and working on new features
- Mass production preparations in Taiwan and China
- Nicholas Negroponte in certain countries talking to heads of state
- More extensive coverage of every olpc event around the world
Reporter: What I noticed this morning when visiting the Villa del Cardal school was that these computers are teaching children something foundational. They are teaching children to think, to reason, to search for knowledgeBetter yet, you can even participate directly in the OLPC documentary idea. OLPC Open listserv contributor Mel Chua has found a TV show tie-in for One Laptop Per Child:
Father: They’ve shown an interest, particularly in taking care of the computer. They’ve shown an interest that frankly sometimes goes further than we can. At this point, they are actually teaching us.
Voiceover: Currently, connectivity is only available at school. That limitation, however, turned into a positive factor – children come back to school in the afternoon to surf the web. Another complication is that usage exceeds broadband bandwidth
The Design Squad TV show (think junkyard wars but with high school students) is interested in doing an episode with OLPC. This would kick off some professional documentary work on at least one aspect of the project (whatever the design squads work on), be great media exposure to a younger age group (and a good entry point for us to plug that students can get involved in making their own stuff for the XO), and generally just be cool.And that is a challenge perfect for the OLPC News readership. Kids, put on your thinking caps, pointy caps, but not CAPS LOCK and send your ideas to Mel. Remember, these have to be visually compelling tasks that high schoolers can accomplish in a week, like say funky-fresh salad spinning OLPC yoyo string power XO laptop battery chargers.
The catch? We need to pitch project ideas to them to convince them to actually do the episode. From an email: "Basically the question everyone had about OLPC is what exactly could the teams make - and that it would be interesting to film and air...