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恭喜發財! (Kung hey fat choi!) Last Friday, we gathered 16 OLPC supporters for one simple mission: assemble an XO dragon at different spots of Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Year. Between us all, we managed to collect 13 laptops plus a few tidbits (including some pens, plastic cups, stress balls, hanging clips and bananas!), and the only limit was our imagination, of course.

The evening started off with a warm-up run at Western Market in Sheung Wan. As with any team project, our work evolved from a quick brainstorming session to delegation by different body parts, and our first dragon -- pictured above -- was born within minutes. If you look closely, we actually used some of the batteries as legs! This is the kind of "out of the box" thinking that we aim to promote to children everywhere.

Team work at Western Market

After a second run to improve our efficiency, it was time to hop onto the tram. Read on to see how our tour went.

November 17 - 20, Sichuan Deployment

OLPC APAC has once again returned to Sichuan for another deployment. This time volunteers from Hong Kong and in concert with local Sichuanese volunteers descended on Jintang County just 28 kilometers away from Chengdu for the deployment.

Our mission: to conduct XO training workshops, install school servers plus WiFi access points, and to install new localization patches on 1000 units of XO laptops. These laptops will be deployed with three area primary schools; Anbang Primary School, Experimental Primary School and Xixian Primary School.

Xixian Primary School will serve as our key pilot school as XO laptops will be provided to every student between the grades of two to five. While at the other two schools, XO laptops will only be distributed to fourth graders.

Day 1 - Welcome ceremony and prepping the XO laptops

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For the next 3 days, we will be calling Anbang Primary School our new home as we toil late into the night prepping 1000 units of XO laptops and conducting morning training workshops for both the teachers and children. The students at Anbang were extremely cheerful and courteous as they greeted the volunteers with a big smile and called us "uncle" or "aunt". Needless to say, the ladies weren't too fond of being called "aunts" all day long and would rather be greeted with a "younger" title.




Day 2 - Teacher training workshop with OLPC volunteers

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Day 3 - Children training workshop with OLPC volunteers and installing the school server



Day 3.... meeting the kids!!! The morning at Anbang Primary was the coldest morning yet but our spirits are high and we're all excited for we know today is a day like no other. After flying hundreds of miles on a red eye flight and working like slaves for the past 2 days, it all comes down to today. One might say today is defining moment of the entire trip. Today we will be hosting a training workshop for around 60 students from the three area schools. Throughout the training workshop, the kids were fully engaged with the various learning activities in the XO laptops. At one point, we even invited two kids up to the stage to share their learning experiences and had them teach the rest of the class on completing certain tasks with the XO laptops. While that is going on, the tech team visited the other 2 schools to config and install the school servers and the WiFi access points. Being able to witness first hand the kids having fun exploring and learning on the XO laptops while collaborating with their friends on what they have learned made the red eye flight and the hard work from the previous 2 days all worth the while....

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The Team and Food


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重回四川:第三天

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終於來到我們最期待的一天!今早我們對住一班來至三間學校的學生代表,有的跟隨家長而來,也有幾位老師來幫忙。眼見一排一排的綠色電腦,小朋友們不禁笑起來。有的更大叫一聲:「哇噻!」

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重回四川:第二天

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睡飽之後,今早我們回到金堂縣安邦保險小學校,爭取於下午的培訓班前完成 XO-1 手提電腦升級。由於星期六沒有課堂,校園比昨天平靜得多了,所以 XO-1 的「噹噹」開機聲音就更響亮了。

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沒多久後,成都的志願者都到齊了。於是我們都轉移到樓上的課室輪流做了一個簡單的自我介紹 -- 原來當中都有很多電腦精英呢!當然,參與 OLPC 活動的人士不一定需要精通電腦;反而耐心及愛心才是首要的。

重回四川:第一天

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不經不覺,這一次已經是 OLPC Asia 的第四次四川任務,需要在成都把 1,000 台 XO-1 手提電腦分佈到三家大小不同的小學,可以想像到後勤方面會是相當的困難。沒關係,我們來動動腦筋也好呀。

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這次行程經由深圳寶安國際機場飛到成都,從香港(巴士)到第一晚的酒店全程大約為六小時。剛上小巴到酒店的時候我們十六人還是精神奕奕的 -- 有的拍照,有的聊天,有的趕緊修復 XO-1 的軟件小毛病(在車上調試程式碼真不簡單) 。不過到踏入房間的時候都已經一點四十分了,難怪今天早餐出現了幾隻熊貓。

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四川省都江堰浦陽小學 (09年11月)

這篇是轉載自義工 Wan Leung 所寫的 Blog

11月12﹣15日,是每童一電腦義工團第3次去四川省都江椻浦陽小學,最初2次是把總共1000部XO送到四川省都江椻浦陽小學,而這一次是更新XO系統,另加入一些新的程式,和他們師生進行培訓,教導他們如何使用XO,及使用XO作教育用途,並幫助浦陽小學建立無線網絡系統,學校伺服器,以及建立電郵及作品分享平台。

本人之前2次因回鄉證過期或沒有年假關係,沒有上去幫手,而這次剛好在轉工的空檔中,於是抽空去幫手。在四川大地震災後的都江椻,四周都在重建當中,浦陽小學當時在地震中損毀,而現在浦陽小學已搬到一座新的校舍,校舍雖然新,但我覺得設備仍很簡陋,雖然已有電腦室,但看來看去,怎看都像是農村學校,不像大城市的學校。

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我們一行人,於11日晚到達,12日朝早就到了浦陽小學,在一輪歡迎儀式後,我們就分成2批,一批開始進行更新活動,把1000部XO更新到我們最新的版本,而另一批就開始建立無線網絡系統,學校伺服器,電郵及作品分享平台。

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2009 年 10 月 5日

昨天的一片空泥地,一夜之間竟變得綠草如茵、人潮洶湧!

看見這個場面,大家都不禁興奮起來了!

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帳幕,是為這次開幕禮所搭建的,很漂亮吧?

上圖中間那位,是 Dasho Kinley Dorji,為不丹皇家政府資訊及通訊部秘書長 (Secretary of the Ministry of Information & Communications of the Royal Government of Bhutan)。他當天穿了全套正式服裝,還身備配劍,簡直威風凜凜!不過他說,劍只是裝飾品,他根本不會舞劍... 演講時,他首先說了一堆不丹語,跟在場旁聽的小孩打個招呼,令快要悶荒的孩子們都為之一振!然後他把手伸進袍裡,我以為他在搔癢,原來他在找他的講稿,就 像古裝劇裡的人那樣...

上右圖:Anthony 正向聯合國兒童基金會 (UNICEF) 的 Ruby 介紹 XO 手提電腦。

不丹任務:抵步第一天!

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OLPC Bhutan Deployment Team by cktsoi.

2009 年 10 月 4 日

不丹,我們來了!

這裡的機場很小,貌似一個小寺廟,跑道也很短 (若煞制遲一點便會撞到山似的),但五臟俱全,連 free wifi 都有。我們這班平日「無得上網太耐會死」的香港人,當然十分興奮,個個狂 check email 同 upload 相去 facebook 啦 ~

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呢 set 野勁啦!今次得到 ALTAI 大力支持,送了這套超距離 wifi 天線 (A8 Super WiFi Base Station),訊號足以覆蓋 1km 的半徑範圍。有了這個,小孩便可以用 XO 電腦上網了。

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這天的不丹,天氣近乎完美,十分清爽,帶點微風,有太陽的時候,穿短袖也不成問題。由於位處高原地帶,空氣比較稀薄,不留意身體狀況的話,可能出現高山反應。我們當中便有些人感到心跳加速,呼吸比平時困難。有趣的是,有些當地人根本不知道 "高山反應" 是甚麼一回事,因為他們都十分適應這裡的環境,小孩子都又蹦又跳的!

OLPC 亞太區第二站:不丹任務

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出發之前,朋友都問:不丹?甚麼地方?

我把我知道的,從 wikipedia 裡讀過的,電視裡看過的,都搬出來了 . . . 甚麼印度和西藏之間 / 喜瑪拉亞山山脊上 / 一個小小的國度 / 從前有個靚仔國皇 / 讓了位給他的靚仔兒子 / 人民很窮但快樂指數高企 . . . 更是梁朝偉跟劉嘉玲結婚的地方。香港人一聽到這裡,都會很滿意地點頭表示明白的樣子。其實他們都不太清楚。包括我自己在內。

我是 OLPC (one laptop per child) 新加入的小小義工之一。兩年多前,2007年的一個聖誕節前夕,我捐了一部小小的 XO laptop 給遠方的一個小孩。當時的我,還以為自己很了解這個 project,以為給孩子送電腦就是這個 project 的目標。這趟不丹之行把我這個觀念完全改變過來了 . . .

雖然說這次的不丹任務有當地政府的支持,但出發前還是一步一驚心。先有VISA 問題、後有機票問題、東部地震問題、天氣究竟有沒有如某些網站所說只有 -4 度的疑問、住的酒店究竟確認了沒有、到底我們要去的是哪一所學校、究竟有多少學生參與、不丹各地又有多少老師前來參與、電線拖板夠不夠、班房有多少等等, 甚麼都不清楚,問不丹的負責人,他們都好像不著緊!有一個不丹人後來跟我說: "We don't plan here at Bhutan!"

也許這就是他們快樂的秘訣?

(待續)

Sichuan Trip (2)

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blog_0607_0.jpg7th June, Puyang Primary School. The original campus collapsed during the 512 Earthquake. The current campus is now a cluster of hastily erected temporary classrooms.

It is the last day of school before the summer vacation. On the blackboards are lists of summer homework and assignments. Some parents are anxiously waiting for their child outside the classroom.

The tasks for us OLPC volunteers is twofold -- firstly, to set up the classrooms and XOs, and secondly to hold XO workshops for primary school students.

This is how the classrooms looked like when we arrived:

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And we had to set up four classrooms to look like this:

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And this is work in progress :)

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