August Town

Peering into Journal data

Our pilot sites in Jamaica run on the OLPC XS School Server. The XS provides backup services for all the different XO laptops registered to itself. The backup stores the Journal of each laptop. For those who are unfamiliar with the Journal, it is an application that acts as a filing system, except that it does not use the metaphor of files and folders.

We be July

If you work on campus at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, then you would know this - July is OLPC month at UWI!


Pathagar for pilot schools

Pathagar is a digital library server that follows the Open Publication and Distribution System (OPDS) specification. We are working to incorporate such a library at each of the pilot schools. The idea is to provide a library locally over Wi-Fi, so that the school and its surrounding neighborhood can get access to books as and when needed, without Internet access. If Internet access is available, then we can federate multiple Pathagar libraries across the pilot schools.

Resources, curation and dissemination

Some interesting challenges. Where do we get digital information resources? How do we pick from an ocean of wealth? How do we get it to people who need it the most? A big "Thank you" to Craig Perue for inviting me to the Ministry of Education, Government of Jamaica. I presented information around exploring new possibilities around Open Education Resources for Jamaica. We hope we can further access to information to places that need it the most.

Little explorers

What do teachers, parents and children have to say about their experiences so far? I can write all day, but nothing compares to their own words. This is a collection of short interviews with the teachers, parents and children from both Providence Basic School and August Town Primary School.

Sit back and watch the joy unfold.

Show me the data

We are starting to see anecdotal evidence of how the two pilot schools are faring. Stories on working together, classroom support, maintenance and so on, but what does the data say? A big "Thank you" to Bernie Innocenti (and Morgan Ames and Raul Segales) for pointing us to the script that is used by the PraguayEduca folks to extract data from the School Server.

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