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

Greg Dekoenigsberg gdk at redhat.com
Tue Feb 24 21:29:30 UTC 2009

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 

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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