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On 4/17/07, Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 4/17/07, Tom Hoffman <tom.hoffman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > I think Red Hat should put all its eggs in the OLPC basket. > > I don't see anything about the XO and Sugar that wouldn't solve > problems right here in the south side of Providence, RI. That is, > unless OLPC Just Doesn't Work, in which case it will be of no use to > anyone, here or abroad. I think there is definitely room to move towards introduction of Sugar into US schools..sure. But I think you need to make some less aggressive targets for near term successes that build inroads into US local school systems at all levels that matter: teachers, IT departments, and school boards; before can can have a constructive serious discussion about Sugar as a new an exciting forward looking technology. Less aggressive targets would include well-packaged and sustainable moodle deployments and an establishment of a teacher/open-technology development network.
I'm not sure what a "teacher/open-technology development network" looks like, but I think the incremental advances like Moodle deployments are happening already and will continue to happen with or without Red Hat's participation. What we're missing now is the complimentary push for a big, ambitious vision (that is simultaneously quite practical) that will catch people's attention and make them think of free software as something other than a low-rent alternative. OLPC's the best chance we're going to get for that. It is our big splash. And I think it is the right thing, pedagogically and technologically. --Tom _______________________________________________ Fedora-education-list mailing list Fedora-education-list@xxxxxxxxxx http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-education-list
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