Class Acts

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  • 1-to-1 Computing: This means that one child has one computer, usually available to take home. The child owns the computer. Mine!
  • Activities: Sugar applications (software programs for kids) are called Activities. 
  • Contributors Program: OLPC provides loaner XOs to encourage people to develop hardware, software, Activities and other learning content.  Seeds diverse community projects and mentoring, including laptop-lending libraries and exceptional classroom deployments.
  • Community Support: Users of the XO have come together to support each other with our Support Gang, Laptop Lending Libraries, translation jams, volunteer repair shops, bookwriting sprints, technical conferences, adopted schools, 3rd World pen-pals, etc!  Can you help transform our OLPC/Sugar Community into a 21st Century learning movement?
  • Deployment: XOs going into the field, around the world.
  • Journal Activity: This is the memory for everything that the student does. Each Sugar Activity automatically saves what it is doing before it stops so that at some later time, the Activity can be continued where it was left.

  • Learn by Doing / Constructionism: Instead of just lectures and reading, children and adults are to learn by doing and creating, more like a laboratory.  Developed by Seymour Papert and others, project-based learning is sometimes controversial when lacking curricular content.
  • Mesh Networking: XOs can communicate between each other, peer to peer. In small rural communities, XOs can relay communications between XOs who themselves are too remote from one another to have reliable contact. There are ongoing challenges to realize its full potential.
  • One Laptop per Child (OLPC): The project that started out of the MIT Media Lab that designed and developed the XO and Sugar environment with the community. 
  • Open Source: This term usually implies that the source code for a program is released to the public domain under terms suggested by the Free Software Foundation which allows people to copy, examine, and modify source code and then requires redistributing the modified code into the open source domain. Not just for software: Creative Commons licenses also embrace the Hacker Ethic, to help kids and teachers worldwide tinker and build on each others' work, just like Wikipedia.

  • School Server: A School Server provide services to many XOs in a school. Its Moodle software can greatly help teachers, EG. with a gateway to the internet (via satellite, DSL, microwave link, or whatever), content filtering, Journal backup, web hosting for library content, and the facilitation of networking.
  • Sugar Learning Environment: Sugar is an innovative user interface specifically designed to be used by children. It requires only a single mouse click to initiate most Activities. OLPC spinoff Sugar Labs coordinates its volunteer-driven software development.

  • Support Gang: Dedicated community volunteers who help others users with support, learning strategies, repair, documentation and in-person outreach.  Entrepreneurial teachers are strongly encouraged to join our multitalented worldwide mentoring team:

  • Wiki: A wiki is a website full of community treasures that anyone can quickly modify (Wiki is Hawaiian for quick). Living documents for the XO can be found on the OLPC Wiki at: Please water the flowers!

  • XO-1 and XO-1.5: These are the low cost laptops that were specially designed for children to use. The XO-1.5 is an updated machine that has more memory, flash disk space, and other improved features. The two machines look almost identical. The most obvious difference is the two green buttons on the bezel on the XO-1.5.