About Dootronics

A Labdoo, fem servir la paraula dootronics (compost de labdoo electronics) per referir-nos a qualsevol aparell informàtic capaç de ser destinat a l'ús educatiu/formatiu. Un dootronic pot ser qualsevol ordinador portàtil, tablet, ebook o aparell computeritzat en general amb la capacitat de poder ser carregat i configurat amb software educacional i transportat de manera sostenible a l’escola que el necessiti. Els nostres requeriments mínims actualment per donar un ordinador portàtil son: Pentium M CPU amb 756MB de RAM (en data del 7/2016).

Els Dootronics a la xarxa social Labdoo es seguida per una etiqueta única anomenada Labdoo ID. La Labdoo ID consisteix en un número de 9 dígits únic i un codi QR únic. El codi QR senyala a la URL del dootronic i proveeix les funcions de traçabilitat i transparència del procès, permeten que els donants i els participants coneguin l’estat del dootronic en el que han contribuït.

Figura. Cada dootronic és etiquetat amb una única Labdoo ID com la que aquí es veu.

Dootronics segueix diferents estats des de la seva inclusió al sistema Labdoo, fins al moment de la seva entrega a l’escola, i fins al seu estat final de reciclatge a on l’ordinador es desballestat en parts reutilitzables. Aquests estats permeten als participants organitzar les seves tasques al voltant de cada dootronic de manera ordenada i transparent.

Els possibles estats d’un dootronic poden ser:

S0: Etiquetat amb el Labdoo ID
S1: Donació rebuda, esperant passar el control de qualitat
S2: Control de qualitat passat
S3: Assignat a una edoovillage, esperant transport
S4: Entregat i en ús
S5: Esperant per ser reciclat
S6: Reciclat
S7: (A la biblioteca de l’escola) Sortida
S8: (A la biblioteca de l’escola) Disponible
S9: Entregat però no funciona
T1: En transit a una edoovillage
T2: En transit a una planta de reciclatge
L1: Dootronic perdut


Tagging and updating the state of a dootronic

There are two main operations you can do on a laptop: you can "tag" it or you can "update" it. Each of these two operations are described next:

  • To tag a laptop, click on the "Dootronics" menu that you will find on the top of this page and then click on the option "Tag it!". (Make sure you are logged into your Labdoo account to be able to access this page). Fill in the form with as much information about the laptop as you can, and click on "Save". If you are tagging the laptop on behalf of someone else, you can fill in the field "Additional notification emails" with that person's email address so that he/she can get email updates every time the laptop changes its state as it makes its progress to a destination school.
  • After saving the form, it is very important to click on the link "Print tags", this will bring up a new screen with the tags. Print the tags and don't forget to attach them to the laptop to make sure the laptop can be properly traced as it makes progress to a needy school.
  • To update the state of the laptop, go to that laptop page and click on "Edit". Update the "Status" field and click on "Save". Remember that to go to a laptop page, you can use the URL: https://www.labdoo.org/laptop/LABDOO_ID. For instance, to go to laptop 000002280, use this URL https://www.labdoo.org/laptop/000002280.
  • (Optional) If you receive your dootronics from a donor like an organization or a company and would like to remember which laptops were donated by which groups of donors, you can follow the suggestion explained in this page.

Figure. To tag a laptop, go to 'Dootronics' and click on the menu option 'Tag it!'.

Figure. Example of tagging procedure.

Revision Control and Cloning

Dootronics provide the features of revision control and cloning to help you efficiently manage them. Here is what these features do:

  • Revision control. This feature allows you to keep a complete record of all the modifications made on a dootronic. This has two purposes: (1) it allows everyone to know the history of that laptop (what states it has gone through, which places it has been, etc.) and (2) it allows you to undo any changes that were introduced by mistake.
  • Cloning. This feature allows you to create a copy of the dootronic. This is useful to help you save time when you are tagging multiple laptops that have identical specifications.

Figure. Click on the tabs 'Revisions' or 'Clone content' to see the list of revisions or to make a copy of a dootronic.

Allowing Other Users to Help Manage Our Dootronics

Often we need to allow other users to edit a dootronic that we are managing, so they can help update the status of the dootronic as it makes progress to a school. To allow another user to edit a dootronic that we manage, do as follows:

  • Go to the dootronic page and click on the "Edit" tab.
  • Click on the "Additional information" tab.
  • Fill in the field "Additional editors" with the user name of the person that you want to give edit rights on this dootronic. Click on the "Save" button at the end and you are done.

Figure. Allowing other users to edit our dootronics.

Who Can Edit a Dootronic?

Any of the following conditions will allow a user to edit a dootronic:

  • The 'Manager' field in the dootronic is assigned to the user.
  • The laptop was originally tagged under the user's account.
  • The user is in the list of 'Additional editors' of the dootronic.
  • The user is managing a hub that's part of the 'Source hub' list of the dootronic.
  • The user is managing the edoovillage assigned to the dootronic under its field 'Edoovillage destination' (only for states S3 or above).

If you need to edit the status of a dootronic but do not satisfy any of the above conditions, please contact labdoo at contact@labdoo.org.

The Importance of Updating Dootronics as Soon as Possible

Labdoo is a humanitarian project, its goal is to help spread education as much as possible by delivering laptops loaded with educational content. To do so, it relies on contributions made by many people around the world, both in terms of physical laptops donated and a very large number of collective hours dedicated by many volunteers (people who collect unused laptops, sanitize them, travel with them or simply tell the Labdoo story). It is really important that such generous contributions be matched with a platform that is accurate and reflects the most up to date information because all the people that are involved in each mini-mission deserve to know the latest news about that effort and because without updated information it's difficult to make efficient decisions.

So how do we keep the information in the Labdoo platform most up-to-date to ensure transparency and agility? The answer is: via your frequent updates. For instance, every time a laptop is delivered at a school, the database needs to be updated (by both uploading new pictures and changing the state to "S4: Deployed and being used") as soon as possible so that donors and all volunteers that were part of that mini-mission get to know of the success of their work. But not only that, every time a new action is performed that involves a change in the state of any of the Labdoo objects (dootronics, dootrips, edoovillages, or hubs) it is very important that we update such information inside the Labdoo platform as soon as possible so as to keep the system most up-to-date.

Keep in mind that it took many people's collective effort to bring a laptop to a school (hours to collect, sanitize and deliver a laptop) and updating the database is only a few minutes of work. You have been really good at doing that already, but we just wanted to remind you of the importance of the work you do when you provide your timely updates on the platform. Thank you for keeping up the good work and for helping to make Labdoo a sustainable, fun and effective tool to spread education!

Tricks to help you find dootronics

Sometimes it is useful to attach a keyword or tag to a dootronic so that it's easy for you to find that dootronic. For instance, imagine that you are receiving 4 dootronic contributions from an organization named "Cool Organization" and would like to make it easy for you to find them all in one shot. You can achieve this with just two simple steps:

  • When you tag a laptop, under the field "Additional Information" => "Additional notes", type the word "Contribution made by 'Cool Organization'" or something similar (in your own language). Do this for all dootronics contributed by the 'Cool Organization'.
  • When doing a search, you can now quickly find all the dootronics contributed by the 'Cool Organization' in two different ways: