Right before I left Vietnam, I had a chance to speak to Mike Dawson about his Afghanistan OLPC deployment and more. Here it goes:
Mike : sorry at the moment I am busy on some programming work and gotta finish off quite a bit before tomorrow morning….
Mike : would anytime that you are in Hanoi work?
Polyachka: ok, so I’ll try to contact you before then if I’m back to Hanoi
Mike : But on the plus side by then our new content development plugins will be out
Mike : I’m making a point and click educational game creators based on exelearning
Polyachka: which plug-ins?
Mike : check out http://www.exelearning.org if you haven’t already
Mike : I’m making Hangman (guess the letter game), Place the object game, find the place on a map game, speed falling object (e.g. tuxmath), wordsearch, crossword, sequencing game …
Polyachka: btw, do you have a big team there working with you?
Polyachka: how many people?
Mike : relatively… 15 people
Polyachka: who work on XO/Sugar stuff?
Polyachka: all paid?
Mike : Unfortunately only one software developer (me)
Mike : XO/Sugar stuff – also me
Polyachka: the what else do they do?
Mike : Yes all paid – although a fraction of what some international organisation will pay them
Mike : teacher training
Polyachka: pay for what?
Mike : curriculum content development
Mike : They will pay someone who knows MS Access $4,500/month
Mike : Local staff
Polyachka: that’s great – curriculum…
Polyachka: I’m jealous 😉
Mike : $4,500 is a massive amount of cash here per month…
Polyachka: no, I’m saying I’m jealous about the curriculum content stuff creation
Mike : ah I understand