[LCA2015-Chat] RFC Parenting Miniconf at lca2016

Tabitha Roder tabitha at tabitha.net.nz
Sat Jan 17 17:41:16 AEDT 2015

Sorry, too excited and forgot to say who I am.
I ran the education miniconf in Wellington LCA2010 and volunteered at
Auckland LCA2015.

My many hats - teacher development (elearning) at a NZ polytechnic,
consultancy for a Moodle Partner, volunteer for OLPC and Sugarlabs, and a
founding member of the Manaiakalani hackers.

Most important hat, I have small kids which puts me in the interested
parent category.

Tabitha Roder
 On 17 Jan 2015 19:15, "Tabitha Roder" <tabitha at tabitha.net.nz> wrote:

> Yes! Totally interested in supporting this idea for a miniconf. Putting
> thinking cap on.
> Tabitha
>  Calling all parents, educators and other interested parties!
> If a group of free and open technology enthusiasts went to playgroup, what
> would they talk about? What would the kids be playing with and doing?
> I'd like to put forward the idea of doing a "Geek Parenting" Mininconf at
> next year's LCA. I'm putting the concept to the community at large to help
> define the scope and ideals of the day in preparation for putting in a
> submission when the CFP opens.
> I'm interested in ways to encourage an interest in technology for my
> children as they grow up. I'm looking for other like minded people to share
> ideas on what they do with their kids, what works and what doesnt.
> Like Bdale (I think) said in Friday's keynote, in the 80s there were books
> in the library you could borrow that contained BASIC code to be typed into
> your C64 for fun. Hands up how many people got the bug that way? Well, what
> is the 21st century equivalent.
> I have been thinking about this idea for awhile and comments Bdale made
> along with Thomas Sprinkmeier's talk on training your minions yesterday
> gave me the extra enthusiasm to get the ball rolling.
> As an aside, how awesome would it be that at a future LCA, one of the
> tracks in the open hardware miniconf was aimed at kids? And our kids went
> to that as part of the partners program for that day?
> --
> Cheers
> Jared
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