One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is an organization dedicated to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop (XO) with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. As community engineers associated with this unique proposition, we have constantly evolved our programming skills to align ourselves with the mission statement and develop software for educational purposes.
SocialCalc is a spreadsheet activity developed for functioning in the Sugar environment, OLPC’s software paradigm. Initially coded by Dan Bricklin, Founder and President of Software Garden Inc. for Socialtext, Inc., the OLPC part was started by Manusheel Gupta, Managing Director of SEETA with K.S. Preeti, community friend of SEETA and alumnus from NetajiSubhas Institute of Technology and Luke Closs from Socialtext Inc. under the guidance of Walter Bender, Oversight Board Member at Sugar Labs.
The main idea of the Spreadsheet activity is to include features that would enable children to make easy use of the typical features of Spreadsheet activities such as organization, graphing and simple calculations in their respective languages. The main features of this spreadsheet activity are:
• Graphing and Calculation
• Localization in different languages
• Multi-user editing over the mesh network
• Ability to read and edit single sheet Excel 1997-2003 (.xls), Lotus (.wk4) and other popular
• Optimization in saving of sheet data.
• Collaboration over the Cloud
• Chat integration
Over time, SocialCalc has grown to become an innovative platform over which we have experimented on several accounts of collaborative learning. The basic framework of the application is as follows:
• Platform – Python, integrated through XOCOM Library
• Infrastructure – XO Laptop and School server
"SocialCalc: A Spreadsheet Activity for Computer Supported Collaborative Learning", Manu Sheel Gupta, K.S. Preeti, Vijit Singh, Proceedings of the 2010 Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, FECS 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., CSREA Press 2010, ISBN 1-60132-143-0, pp. 304-309 URL - http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/conf/fecs/fecs2010.html
"Spreadsheet on Cloud - Framework for Learning and Health Management System", K.S. Preeti, Vijit Singh, Sushant Bhatia, Ekansh Preet Singh, Manu Sheel Gupta, Proceedings of the EuSpRIG Conference "Spreadsheet Governance - Policy and Practice" ISBN : 978-0-9566256-9-4
Deployment in Uruguay - Plan Ceibal OLPC Deployment Project, Uruguay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7cPHg4XJKY
Community work with FCC (Federal Communication Commission) -
Training Video by Dan Bricklin - http://www.peapodcast.com/sgi/socialtext/sctraining1/
Download - SocialCalc on Sugar page at Sugar Activities Catalogue - http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4084