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Re: [OLPCVietnam] New build for the XO-1 and 1.5 -10.1.3 can be installed and questions for our group


well, as your question was about a pilot close to Hanoi, I could not
really say anything about it as we are in the South. I agree with Vu
Do Quynh that there are many things to consider. Apart from cultural
aspects and resources we put in, we also need to consider the current
state of technology (hardware and software).

I am interested to push for education and IT and I believe it is great
to engage people to join up, to use and develop for the Sugar
interface for example. But, we also need to realistically see what
resources in regards to Hardware are available from OLPC. Currently
the XOs (also version 1.5) are not always up to the tasks running
quite slowly for todays standards. There are much faster chips out
there now that are comparably energy saving for example. Looking at
interface development, there are new concepts that we can see with
Android pads and Ipads. The study of OLPC3 went into this direction
and I am looking forward to see what the future will bring. I am happy
to engage in it. In the meantime, I would like to continue to push for
OLPC in Vietnam - maybe we could term it Open Learning Project with
Computers in Vietnam? To my mind we do not depend on the OLPC
hardware, we can also push for other energy saving and faster
solutions using the Sugar desktop.

Having said, that the hardware is now a bit old, it is nevertheless a
nice thing to play around with and we have a few people around, who
would definitely be interested in hacking on the devices. So, if you
have XOs available to educating students and getting them started and
interested in Sugar, we would be happy to keep some in our new
hackspace in Can Tho to be opened in April during the Open Design

All the best and happy Tet!


On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM, Quynh Vu Do <[email protected]> wrote:
> Hi,
> 2011/1/18 Nancie Severs <[email protected]>:
>> Perhaps this is a good time for a conversation. I am concerned that we have
>> 12 XOs out in the floating village and no one is asking questions or for
>> advice.
> Unfortunately, sometimes a long silence can tell more than a few words.
>> As a group, do you think the OLPC Vietnam volunteers should start a small
>> pilot in or near Hanoi in a location where teaching and IT support can be
>> provided? Should I continue my efforts to procure more XOs?
> I don't know what others are thinking.
> For any project to be successful, it should fulfill some essential
> needs, needs that have to be expressed by the beneficiaries of the
> project.
> In Vietnam, if you give something, people will take it, even if they
> don't need it, because it could be played with, sold or given to
> somebody else. If they have to give something as a counterpart, like
> some money, or some efforts (that means time, energy), they won't take
> it unless they have a strong interest.
> There are also other cultural aspects that can be involved :
> pupils-teachers relationships ; children-parents relationships that
> are not in favour of promoting child initiative and discovery like it
> is in western culture, excepted maybe in richer families of big cities
> (that usually are more opened or embracing western culture).
> It is not my prospect to discourage here. But when the situation is
> not ripe enough for something to bear fruits, we need to analyze and
> weigh out our actions because the time of everyone is limited and
> evrybody has its own personal agenda. This is clear from this silence
> on the list : I waited until today to see whether somebody would react
> or not before answering to this post.
> So, I think that the main thing we could do is sensibilization and
> increasing awareness about XO, Sugar and OLPC. Doing translations to
> Vietnamese is also something which will help towards a better
> awareness.
> Because I'm living in Hanoi, having a pilot project nearby would be
> more convenient to follow than in Halong Bay. But the key thing still
> is to find local stakeholders, people that are interested and want to
> co-operate. Ideally that would be a primary school where director and
> staff are sensibilized and would like to invest their efforts in
> applying OLPC concepts..
> Unfortunately, I do not have any strong acquaintances with teachers in
> primary education.
> I have tried one approach through the Ministry of Education and
> Formation of Vietnam without concrete results : some interest but...
> I think OLPC is not interesting them unless, maybe, there is a
> donation of hundreds of XOs for a pilot project. Intel tried its way
> with his Classmate PC (a concurrent to OLPC) not to be given to
> children (like in the OLPC concept) but as class materials (ie to be
> purchased in bulk by the education sector) : I don't hear much about
> it now although they have certainly donated some consequent amount of
> thses classmate computers.
> If other local members of OLPC-VN, in Hanoi, are willing to do
> anything and have ideas, I'm in.
>> I pose these thoughts as the TET Holiday approaches. I wish everyone a very
>> Happy, Healthy and Lucky New Year and I hope that after Tet, we can continue
>> our work together!
> Thanks for your ideas and dont get discouraged, things need to get in
> place and will eventually get in place, but it is often very slow.
> Happy New year of the Cat to everyone.
> --
> Vu Do Quynh (M.)
> Hanoi, Vietnam
> Blog: http://vdquynh.blogspot.com/