[LCA2015-Chat] RFC Parenting Miniconf at lca2016

Michael Schmitz schmitzmic at gmail.com
Sat Jan 17 18:11:33 AEDT 2015


seems you found yourself a new organiser role for the next conference :-)

Seriously though - one question along the lines of this that I meant to 
ask you (as OLPC volunteer) during the conference: are there any free / 
open educational games apps for Android for small kids?

I've found plenty of 'free' stuff for school-age kids but nothing for 
the preschoolers at a quick glance.



> 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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