Computer Assistance Support & Education (CASE) is a non-profit organisation that was formed to assist Australian community organisations in making better use of information technology.
We accomplish this through education, advocacy and technical support relevant to the specific needs of the community services sector.
CASE has been operating for ten years and supports over 35 community members. Groups we support include the ACT Council of Social Services, Volunteering ACT, Volunteers for Isolated Students Education, Self Help Organisations United Together, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Cancer Voices NSW.
Recently CASE has begun a cooperative relationship with The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.
The OLPC Project is a not-for-profit, global initiative that develops small laptops called “XOs”. These are designed to bring low cost, self supporting, broadband enabled computers to school age children.
OLPC’s stated goal is to affect social change by allowing disadvantaged kids access to a quality, multipurpose learning tool, a tool necessarily compacted into the form of a sturdy multimedia laptop.
In reviewing the OLPC experience worldwide, CASE has identified that extended and advanced teacher training in OLPC technology significantly increases the chance of a successful XO deployment.
CASE wishes to develop a course (accessible in person and online) to bring training and support for people using OLPC XO laptops.
As State and National Government in Australia have expressed interest in local pilot programs, CASE is seeking to provide opportunities for teachers and groups who are using, or considering using OLPC technology to experience and experiment with the laptops.
CASE requires only limited seed capital to establish an XO TRAINING PROGRAM in Canberra. The program will initially support Australian pilots and related online communities, all material we develop then being made available to the worldwide community.
WE ARE SEEKING SUPPORT FROM THE CANBERRA COMMUNITY
CASE is seeking donations from the Canberra community, business leaders and political leaders in order to purchase 30 XO units.
We will use these units to develop the material, as well as provide community access to the technology.
Any donation to CASE will go directly towards purchasing XO units for CASE’s “XO PROJECT”.
Groups and businesses who donate a unit or more ($350) will have the option to be identified as a major contributor to the project.
Teachers from schools who donate a unit or more will be invited to attend a complimentary session once the course has been developed.
CASE has on loan some demonstration XO units and will be hosting Canberra’s first One Laptop Per Child Open Day Monday 27 October 2008 3.00pm at Volunteering ACT 55 Chandler Street (corner of Chandler and Cameron Streets) Belconnen.
Pia Waugh, open source software expert and One Laptop Per Child community member, will be speaking about the success of the OLPC project around the world and the opportunities it provides for educational projects in our region.
Come and play with the OLPC XO devices on display, and find out how this unique technology is being used in educational projects around the world.
If you are interested in contributing, would like to find out more, or to arrange a personal demonstration of the XO, please contact Samuel McKeon on 0415 117 073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.