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Sameer Verma, Ph.D.

One Laptop per Child at SF State

Presentation:Early Childhood EducationBurk Hall 173

Sameer Verma, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorInformation Systems DepartmentCollege of BusinessSan Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, CA 94132 USA

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One Laptop per Child at SF State

Disclaimer: I do not work for OLPC. I am only a volunteer!

Somebody is finally thinking of the children!

To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. OLPC Mission Statement,It's an education project, not a laptop project. Nicholas Negroponte


OLPC Mission Part 1: Principles and Child Empowerment

OLPC Mission Part2: The XO Laptop, design for learning

No, I am not a salesperson :-)

July 2007

The geek in me is delighted!

Where no computers have gone before...

School Galadima, Abuja City, Nigeria See

Samkha village located in the suburbs of northern ThailandSee

Khairat school is India's pilot site.See

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia




Afghanistan refugee camp, Pakistan






Solomon Islands


postage stamps too!

2 million + See Google Maps

Deployments worldwide

Also see:


Resident artist!

Khairat school is India's first pilot site.See

Khairat school is India's pilot site.See

Khairat Photos

Bhagmalpur project

Location:Village: Bhagmalpur

District: Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh

Railway Station: Shahganj

Bus Stop: Banuwadeeh

School: Classes: 1 to 8 class

Children: 1087

Teachers: 11

Internet: none

Computers: none

What's a laptop?

Under a tree...

Real faces. Real people.
Will their lives change?

Maggu saved me from a dog once. I am forever in his debt.

Bhagmalpur photos

Bhagmalpur School

Bhagmalpur Village



OLPC Headquarters
1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Little green machines everywhere!


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Approx. 100+ languages



Constructivism and Constructionism

John Dewey (18591952)

Maria Montessori (18701952)

Jean Piaget (18961980)

Lev Vygotsky (18961934)

Jerome Bruner (1915- )

Herbert Simon (19162001)

Seymour Papert (1928- )

Constructionism (Papert)

Papert created Epistemology and Learning Research Group, MIT (became MIT Media Lab)

Wrote: Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas, 1980, ISBN 0-465-04674-6

"No one understands my ideas as well as Papert." - Jean Piaget

Created Logo language and Logo Turtle

LEGO Mindstorms products were named after his book.

Pedagogy go

OLPC San Francisco Bay Area

OLPC-SF Deployments

A hub for exchange of ideas, plans, content, etc.

DeploymentsAfghanistan (Carol Ruth Silver, MTSA)

India (Humaira Mahi & Sameer Verma, SFSU)

Jamaica (Sameer Verma, SFSU & Univ. of the West Indies)

Madagascar (Sameer Verma, SFSU & June Kleider, XO-ology)

Philippines (

Senegal (Drew & Lick-Wilmerding Schools)

South Africa (EduWeavers)

San Francisco (Starr King Elementary)

Uganda (UC Berkeley)

OLPC-SF resident expert

OLPC-SF and SF State University

In the quad...

On the student union...

In the classroom

In research

Benjamin Tran's master's thesis work.

At SF State Downtown Center

SFSU Lending Library

Library Media Services has 10 XO laptopsLoan to students, staff and faculty

HSS 127

You get:XO Laptop



Take one to class

Take one home

Join the community!

OLPC SF Community Summit 2010

October 22 - 24, 2010

OLPC on The Colbert Report!

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