Just posted the one-hour Waveplace Awards video, which includes the winners and all twelve children reading their storybooks.
You can either watch the full hour from that page, or choose chapter-by-chapter from the list below the video box. Once watching a chapter, click “next” to view the next chapter.
If you just want to know the winners, click the “Award Presentations” chapter.
Thanks once again to the many who participated.
Thanks to everyone for the gift of your time to make tonight’s Waveplace Awards a reality. I’m sure you’re all wondering how it went … and who won!
For those watching at home, the live event may have seemed a bit haphazard, with long waits between acts. My apologies and great thanks for your patience. I was running “the booth” by myself. It was quite a task coordinating everything and communicating with four very distant places at the same time.
While “whatever can go wrong will”, in retrospect quite a lot more went right than not. The dances by the children were wonderful, and the story readings were all better than hoped. The intro videos by the judges were also great, as were the location introductions. The storybooks were of course the best part. I’ll be posting all twelve storybooks on the Waveplace website next week.
From what I hear, justin.tv was misbehaving during much of the live show, though all of it was recorded and so far looks pretty good.
I’ll be editing this and putting together a shorter, clearer version next week, so you can wait for that if you like. We also shot live video at each location, much of which will be in the documentary.
As for the rest, it was a real rollercoaster ride! We started 30 minutes late due to a Florida camera mishap and St John not being able to see the justin.tv feed in their classroom. Turns out their school’s firewall blocks video streaming sites, which means the St John children weren’t able to see the other locations live. Once we got rolling, St John went well. At the start of Nicaragua there was no audio on Justin.TV, but I didn’t know it for a while. We missed the audio for their dance and the first story.
Haiti was the real heartbreaker. We just couldn’t get the video & audio going. We had done several successful tests earlier in the day, but bandwidth is very spotty in Port-Au-Prince. When it was Haiti’s turn, we just couldn’t get clear video. After trying a while, we switched to Florida, which went very well, though with some echoing audio at the start. After Florida finished, we tried Haiti again. Though we never managed audio, we did get to see them perform their dance silently. The children needed to leave as it was getting dark, so they weren’t able to read their stories.
By that time, the show had lasted nearly two hours, and since all the children had gone home, we decided to postpone the awards presentation.
The votes are tallied, and while I’m sure you’d all love to know the winners right now, it’ll have to wait for our awards presentation video on Monday. I’ll email you when it’s ready. You can then play it for the children when it’s convenient.
Thank you all once again for putting yourself into this ambitious undertaking.
Last week, Waveplace finished our pilot in Immokalee, Florida. We’ll be posting student storybooks soon, but for now you can watch our first Florida video, which gives a taste of our “improv theater” teaching style. There are also several newspaper and radio reports on our press page and a few articles in our latest newsletter.
Today we start our pilot near Rivas, Nicaragua. We’re using Spanish-keyboard XOs and solar panels this time, since the school has no electricity. Our three Waveplace mentors flew in last night and will begin teaching the teachers today. The kids get their laptops tomorrow.
We’ve also created a Waveplace channel on YouTube, where you can find all of our videos. Please leave comments and rank us, as we can use all the publicity we can get.
Just heard the two-part NPR story on Waveplace’s XO and Etoys pilot in Immokalee, Florida. Have a listen here.
Pretty surreal hearing myself on national radio. I’m a bit disappointed that Etoys got characterized as clumsy … the alligator thing was from one of our advanced lessons for the adults. I imagine someone watching a person learn guitar for the first time would also think it clumsy. Great quotes from Christa and Susan.
Great article about Waveplace in the St John Tradewinds. Talks about our Virgin Islands pilot, which is into its second week. We also launched our new website, which has a terrific new video from our trip to Haiti earlier this month.
Yesterday I set up a weblog on the Waveplace site, so I can write little dispatches about the research we’ve done over the summer.
http://waveplace.com/ (click “Blog”)
I’ll try to write a little bit every weekday, so check back frequently if you’re interested.
For those that know what RSS is, you can also subscribe to the feed:
As you can see, these posts are from my primary blog, “Big Fractal Tangle”. They’re the ones tagged “waveplace”.
Anyway, I won’t bother the mailing list with these daily dispatches … tune in yourself if you’re interested. I’ll be talking about Seymour Papert, Squeak, and OLPC.
We just went live with the public waveplace site, which among other things
has the pilot proposal and a preview movie created by Jan Kinder and Bill Stelzer.
I’ve also put the proposal on this wiki for easy reference.