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Educational Volunteer Project in Somerville! December 7, 2010

From Caroline Meeks:

Hi everyone!

As some of you may know we are working ona  project to provide donated computers and bootable USB sticks with Udubuntu plus an educational software to the Clarendon Hill Apartments (CHA), a public housing project in Somerville.

The computer Center at CHA is run by the Haitian Coalition, a non-profit entity. The computers and this project will benefit people of all nationalities living in the project. We hope it will also train members of the local Haitian community who wish to go to refugee camps and set up computer labs.

On Wednesday we will give our first class to the Haitian Coalition volunteers, a tech savvy group of Haitians who will be supporting computer access at CHA and in Haiti.

On Tuesday, Dec 7 (TODAY), I want to do a dry run of the first class and test! We will meet at Sprout  (339R Summer Str. Somerville, MA 02144) at 4PM and another group has the space at 7PM.

If you would like to help test  and develop the curriculum, bring a laptop and an empty 4GB USB stick. The class curriculum could be found on Google docs.

We will be needing more help  in the months to come. We are hoping to be quite an active project so if you would like to help please let us know and I’ll add you to the Google Group. I will start to use that for most announcements so that I don’t put too much traffic onto this mailing list One2One2G0.

We have an image ready for download and testing. Instructions are here.

We are trying to build on the work that has been done by Udubuntu, SETS and others and create a solution for children that is portable. To that end Ian has worked out a system to have dropbox backup and restore all the user files. We are asking for testing on this feature. Instructions on how to test are in that google doc.

Thanks again for the support! I hope you like this image, it has lots of fun programs pre-installed.



From Sprout website:

A good educational system should have three purposes: it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives; empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them; and, finally, to furnish all who want to present an issue to the public with the opportunity to make their challenge known.” Ivan Illich


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