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[Ambassadors] Re: Ed Tech Day Ithaca College in NY

On Tue, 24 Feb 2009, Karlie Robinson wrote:

Forgive the cross posting as this is sort of crossing over between an Ambassador Event and an OLPC SIG item. I just got off the phone with EdTech Day[1] organizers at Ithaca College and they will be giving me a speakers slot in their program to talk about the XO - after all you can't get much more edtech than that. I want the focus to be on what I know about - obviously - Fedora/OLPC together in harmony and changing the world one line of code at a time - specifically what's going on today at Fedora to propel the OLPC Mission. So most likely 4th grade math curriculum and the massive amount of work being done regarding packages. More importantly, this is your opportunity to fill me full of talking points. Of course I'm happy to wing it, but I'd really love it if you could tell me more about what's important to you. If you were giving the talk, what should be said? ~Karlie

[1] http://www.ithaca.edu/edtechday/

Make sure that you have read "Disrupting Class", and then encourage attendees to think about how the principles therein -- disruptive technology, serving underserved markets like poor rural school districts, etc. -- dovetail with the unique value-adds provided by a Free Culture approach.

Get people to think about the following problem: what if, instead of Addison-Wesley producing dozens of 4th grade math textbooks, a community of educators could get together to produce one single electronic 4th grade textbook? Solving this problem unlocks a whole world. Encourage people to think *deeply* about the ramifications of this.

Man, I need to videotape the talk I gave at FOSDEM.


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