SJ Klein, Director of Content for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) lead a lunchtime discussion on education, development, and content on the newest models of the OLPC. Following up from last week’s keynote by Nicholas Negroponte and the OLPC workshop at Berkman’s Internet & Society Conference, SJ talked about the process in which content is gathered and developed for the OLPC. He discussed issues related to access to and quality of learning materials in developing countries, especially in South America and Africa. Related topics include the educational impacts of technology, licensing, and government standards.
Samuel J. Klein has spent many years developing collaborative communities. He is an advocate for free universal access to knowledge and tools, and a veteran Wikipedian, founding the project’s first newsletter and translator network, and organizing last year’s international Wikimedia conference in Cambridge. Previously he has worked to develop software and supporting communities for machine-assisted human translation, and to set up free education centers. Klein is interested in local and sustainable knowledge development, and structures and principles that help this flourish. He establishes ties with teachers, game developers, and publishers, helping them to understand the need and uses for free and open materials, and to work with the global community around open education.