Sessions at FSCONS 2010 with video on Saturday 6th November

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  • Kaizendo: Customizable schoolbooks

    by Salve J. Nilsen

    Imagine a textbook where a pupil and her teacher can choose topic depth, clarity of text or homework difficulty as needed and necessary. Where teachers can choose alternatives supporting different instruction methods and teaching styles, and schools can allow different chapter content based on time constraints or policy. Books where parents can get a topic summary to read before helping with homework. And then imagine finding all this in the same book.

    This talk introduces the Kaizendo project, where the goal is to make books like this possible.

    The speaker will be presenting an overview of the project and it's motivation, followed by a look at the application in such a way that anyone who wants the project to succeed can jump in and help.

    At 10:00am to 10:30am, Saturday 6th November

  • The Inanna Project

    by Karin Kosina

    An experiment in art, technology, and the transformative power of Free Hardware and Software

    In June 2010, two Austrian artists/hackers went to Damascus to make an experiment.

    We wanted to challenge the notion that art and technology are somehow opposites, so we decided to teach artists to use micro controllers and programming. We wanted to challenge the notion that technology is somehow a "guy thing", so we decided to work specifically with women artists. And we wanted to make people aware that freedom of expression is inseparable from free access to knowledge, so we decided to use only Free Hardware and Free Software in our workshop.

    My presentation is about this experiment and its results. But it is also about the general potential of technology as a medium for self-expression and as an agent of change - and about what that means for us who want to be the creators of our future and not only its product.

    At 1:15pm to 2:00pm, Saturday 6th November

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