OLPC Vietnam Meets in Hanoi for the 1st Time!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The seeds Marina and I planted in Vietnam are sprouting...:)
Serge Stinckwich works with the Open Learning Community (OLE) in Hanoi. He is an expert at Squeak-Etoys.This Activity uses Etoys to program robots. Serge recently organized the first meeting of interested OLPC volunteers in Hanoi to recruit developers and IT support for the
micro-projects in Vietnam. The meeting was held on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Serge's terrific photos are at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/album.php?aid=221797&id=538054947&ref=pb
WOW! I counted at least 15 people. Ms. Nguyet brought the two Donate Your Get One XOs that Dr. Sam Venus recently delivered to Hanoi to the meeting for live demos. Mr. Vu Do Quynh did some teaching and obviously had Sugar on a Stick working. I am so excited and pleased to
see the OLPC Vietnam community taking root.
Details: Serge gave a short presentation of the OLPC project and a
report of his recent visit to the Vung Vieng village. The slides (report of the VV village
visit) are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/SergeStinckwich/visit-to-vung-vieng-village-olpc-vietnam

Mr. Quynh tested Sugar on a Stick (SoaS, Fedora 13) and Trisquel-TOAST 3.0 before the meeting. His preference went to Trisquel TOAST http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Trisquel_On_A_Sugar_Toast and also Trisquel 3.5 Arwen (based on Ubuntu 9.10): http://trisquel.info/ He said, "it was very easy to install the Sugar environment so that either development could be done (new activities) and use of Sugar sessions being done. What was displayed on the video-projector as shown by Serge's photos was actually a Sugar session with Trisquel 3.5 Arwen."

Serge writes from Hanoi: "Hi all, we were around 15 people for the 1st meeting of OLPC Vietnam developers.I put some pictures of the event here:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=221797&id=538054947&l=7d2be59155
I made a short presentation of the OLPC project and a report of my visit to the Vung Vieng village. My slides (report of the VV village visit) are available here:
http://www.slideshare.net/SergeStinckwich/visit-to-vung-vieng-village-olpc-vietnam
The conclusions of my visit are as following:
- every XOs are working and are used everyday by kids. They really enjoyed it.
- XOs are not part of a curriculum. This is more a leisure activity at the moment.
- there is a problem with the local teachers: they only stay one year in the village. We need to train them every year. Teachers need to be more involved in the use of XOs in the classroom.
- Only a limited set of activities seems to be used by the children.There is not enough Vietnamese activities
- XOs need to be update to newer versions of Sugar (0.82.1 => 0.88). We need to select specific activities (with good vn translation) and write some pedagogical documentation.
We also made some demos of the Sugar environment (on Linux & XOs). Some students present at the meeting are particularly interested in developing Sugar applications.
One of the conclusions of this meeting is that we need to grow the user & developer Sugar community in order to have more Vietnamese content. This will be one our top priorities of the next months."Thank you all. My heart is full! I am so enthused with the report from the VVV. Now, we have native Vietnamese and others in Vietnam to help grow and support my personal
goal to make Open Learning available to the poorest children in Vietnam! Together, we will keep working at it!
My personal thanks especially to Serge and Nguyet and Quynh and to everyone in attendance!




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