Exploring, Sharing, Reflecting, Learning: One Laptop Per Child

Date: 
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 17:30
Location: 
TH 331
Presenter: 
Dr. Sameer Verma, SFSU
Abstract: 
This seminar will address how Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and its thinking is propelling the dream of a laptop for every child around the world; a laptop as a learning tool, and not just a computer. Can cheap laptops educate the masses? Do we need different software paradigms for such an endeavor? We will look at these and many other aspects and how FOSS is helping, from idea creation to software implementation and use. We will also look at how efforts such as Creative Commons are being used to create learning materials for children worldwide. On a larger scale, these issues point to a sustainable process of building a free and open digital commons for generations to come. Maybe you can help build it!
Bio: 

Dr. Sameer Verma is Associate Professor of Information Systems at San Francisco State University. His research focuses on the diffusion and adoption of innovative technologies. He is currently working on research projects examining free and open source software, mobile networks, and sustainable IT infrastructures. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Verma has worked with companies in consulting capacity in the areas of content analysis, management and delivery. Dr. Verma also serves on the advisory boards of some San Francisco Bay Area technology companies.