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When Television Is More Than an “Idiot Box” — The Development Set — Medium
"Around the world, TV educates while it entertains. It can teach the internet a few things, too."

"When it comes to education and technology, it is not television but the internet that is hot and wired. The United Nation’s Broadband Commission, packed with luminaries from Mexico’s Carlos Slim to Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, suggests that the internet can “enhance learning opportunities, transform the teaching and learning environment… and ultimately rethink and transform” education systems.

At first glance, the internet could be a very attractive tool to overcome a global learning crisis. At the turn of the 21st century, the World Bank reported that about seven percent of the world’s population was online. Last year, it had reached 41 percent.

But it turns out just giving kids access to the web doesn’t do much for educational outcomes. Across countries that take part in the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA), children who use computers more intensively do worse on tests. One Laptop Per Child, which distributes cheap computers in developing countries, has been beset by failure. In Peru, they had no impact on math and language test scores. Similar findings emerged in Nepal. Likewise, extending access to broadband in schools in Portugal led to lower grades — although the impact was reduced if YouTube was blocked.

There is a simple explanation. When you give kids a computer, they’re not suddenly more excited by math and social studies. Children are, for the most part, more interested in the medium’s entertainment capabilities."

"Under some circumstances, television can be at least as effective as traditional instruction. Mexico’s Telesecundaria programming broadcasts six hours of lessons a day to children in remote areas of the country where there is no secondary school.

For the most part, though, television has remained an adjunct in the classroom, rather than a replacement for teachers. But as a more holistic tool for learning outside the classroom, it has had a massive impact — particularly when it serves its primary function to entertain and not educate.

Recent research suggests there can be a considerable upside to hours “wasting time” in front of the television screen. Take Chitrahaar and Rangoli. Illiterate school kids who watched the shows were more than twice as likely to be functionally literate five years later than kids who didn’t watch the shows. The effect was particularly noticeable for girls. Given the reach of these two programs, it’s possible that millions of Indian kids became literate largely thanks to the simple and very cheap approach of same-language subtitling.

Perhaps the most well known form of educational entertainment, or “edutainment,” for children is Sesame Street, which is now broadcast in more than thirty countries around the world. In the US, children who grew up in areas where the television signal was stronger — and so had better access to Sesame Street — were much less likely to have to repeat a grade in school. In Mexico, viewers of Plaza Sesamo do better in literacy and mathematics tests. The results are the same in Turkey (Susam Sokagi), Portugal (Rua Sesamo), Russia (Ulitsa Sezam) and Bangladesh (Sisimpur), to name but a few.

elevision’s educational power extends beyond childhood, and beyond skills traditionally learned in a classroom. As cable access rolled out across India, for example, viewers of all ages started watching shows where comparatively strong women characters had financial and social independence. Women in villages with cable access reported more power over making decisions and less acceptance of wife beating. These villages also began to see declining birth rates and rapidly rising school enrollment for girls.

Similar effects have been observed around the world. In Brazil, as the Rede Globo channel extended across the country in the 1970s and 1980s, parents began to have fewer children, perhaps mimicking the characters on their favorite soaps. Recent research in Nigeria finds that areas where the TV signal is stronger see parents wanting fewer children and using contraceptives more, alongside lower rates of female genital cutting. In South Africa, World Bank researchers found that viewers of one locally produced soap opera, “Scandal”, which was specifically developed to incorporate plot lines dealing with financial responsibility, were almost twice as likely to borrow from formal sources of credit like banks rather than informal sources. They were also less likely to engage in gambling.

When soap opera characters are relatable and believable, audiences begin to associate with them. If a beloved character stands up for herself in front of her husband, or gets in over their head in debt, or gets pregnant by accident, viewers learn from that experience. And that knowledge translates into changed behavior: more control within the household, less informal debt, fewer children.

Heavy-handed public service messages on television, like condescending “the more you know” spots, may impart information but rarely engage viewers. The same may well be true of the internet. For most children in particular, it is primarily used as a source of fun and not education.

Pioneers around the world are already experimenting with internet-based edutainment for kids. Sites like ABC Mouse, among countless others, produce educational games for children. Pratham, an Indian NGO, has developed a program combining math questions with an arcade game. Children who used it for two hours a week saw their math test scores considerably improve. Given the internet’s interactive nature, perhaps the impact of well-designed web edutainment will end up being even greater than the broadcast variety.

Edutainment will never be able to replace teachers in a classroom. But well-designed programming — whether it arrives by broadcast or broadband — can have a dramatic impact at low cost."
charleskenny  television  tv  education  learning  howwelearn  2016  olpc  entertainment  mexico  turkey  russia  portugal  bangladesh  india  sesamestreet  literacy  math  mathematics 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Are Tablets the Way Out of Child Illiteracy? | Innovation | Smithsonian
"The Roanoke project was born out of a project launched in Africa two years ago by Tufts and Georgia State in conjunction with the One Laptop per Child organization, founded in 2007 by Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab. One Laptop per Child, or OLPC, sought to empower students in resource-poor environments by distributing 2.4 million Internet-connected laptops in 42 developing countries. The results of the project, which ceased operations last year, are still being assessed and debated—for example, a study by the Inter-American Development Bank found no effect on test scores but some increase in cognitive skills. But in some places, it became clear that children couldn’t use some of the software because they couldn’t read, and they had no access to schools or teachers.

The research team wanted to investigate whether such children could learn to read on their own, aided only by digital devices. They delivered 40 tablets to children in two villages in Ethiopia, without instructions—a scene that must have conjured the 1980 South African comedy The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which a Kalahari bushman has his first encounter with technology, in the form of a Coke bottle fallen from the sky."

"What students do when they’re left on their own with a tablet is a bit of a mystery—for now. MIT’s software records how the children in Roanoke use their tablets: which apps they open, for how long, and in what order. (Or at least it did until some students learned how to bypass the start screen midway through the year.) So far, the data show that the students use them for an average of two hours a night. Initially, they blaze through the whole tablet, exploring dozens of apps. Eventually, they settle on a handful of favorites. The Roanoke students seem to gravitate toward academic content—sounds, letters, puzzles—especially when it is framed as a game. (The piano and coloring apps are also popular.)"
tablets  education  literacy  2015  olpc  sugatamitra  holeinthewall  tinkrbook  teaching  learning  children  schools  reading 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Beyond Imported Magic | The MIT Press
"The essays in this volume study the creation, adaptation, and use of science and technology in Latin America. They challenge the view that scientific ideas and technology travel unchanged from the global North to the global South—the view of technology as “imported magic.” They describe not only alternate pathways for innovation, invention, and discovery but also how ideas and technologies circulate in Latin American contexts and transnationally. The contributors’ explorations of these issues, and their examination of specific Latin American experiences with science and technology, offer a broader, more nuanced understanding of how science, technology, politics, and power interact in the past and present.

The essays in this book use methods from history and the social sciences to investigate forms of local creation and use of technologies; the circulation of ideas, people, and artifacts in local and global networks; and hybrid technologies and forms of knowledge production. They address such topics as the work of female forensic geneticists in Colombia; the pioneering Argentinean use of fingerprinting technology in the late nineteenth century; the design, use, and meaning of the XO Laptops created and distributed by the One Laptop per Child Program; and the development of nuclear energy in Argentina, Mexico, and Chile."
technology  latinamerica  olpc  chile  colombia  argentina  uruguay  perú  mexico  2014  books  toread  magic  science  politics  power  innovation  edenmedina  ivandacostamarques  christinaholmes  marcoscueto 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Sugarizer: a taste of Sugar on any device
"The Sugar Learning Platform is a leading learning platform developed for the One Laptop per Child project and used every day by nearly 3 million children around the world.

With Sugarizer, you could discover the Sugar Learning Platform on any device: from the tiny Raspberry PI to the small Android/iOS tablet or the bigger PC/Mac.

Enjoy the experience and help us reach every children on every device in every country.

Sugarizer has been tested successfully on Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Android, Chromebook, Raspberry PI - with Chromium, Firefox OS and Google Glass.

Sugarizer is an open source software under Apache 2 licence, source code is available here."
olpc  sugar  emulation 
december 2013 by robertogreco
Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves | Generation YES Blog
"But mostly what it uncovers is our own bias and inability to escape our own cultural context. We in developed countries can’t imagine what it’s like anywhere else. We can’t imagine what NO schools and no hope of every having a school looks like. We can’t imagine what the tiny seed of learning could blossom into under those conditions. We can’t imagine that even if one and only one child learned to read and was able to find information that saved her mother’s life, it would change an entire village and entire generations."

"There will never be a one-size-fits-all approach to solving global problems. By the way, I do not believe that OLPC in Peru is a “failure” just because a few people are critical of parts of the operation."

"two important lessons to learn here:

1) Context matters

2) Young people are better able to see things without the blinders of “we’ve always done it that way” than adults."
minimallyinvasiveeducation  nicholasnegroponte  sugatamitra  constructivism  deschooling  unschooling  education  learning  illiteracy  literacy  bias  holeinthewall  ethiopia  olpc  silviamartinez  perú  from delicious
november 2012 by robertogreco
We need to think very, very seriously about this - The Edge of Tomorrow - Standing on the verge of a technologically educational revolution.
"1. Why don’t we give kids more credit for their natural capacity to learn?

2. What if we’re the ones getting in the way?

3. Can we finally put to rest the silly digital immigrant/digital native nonsense?

4. Why does there remain such a fascination with teaching kids very specific technology skills in our schools today?

It’s intriguing to compare the new approach OLPC is taking with the tablets to the approach they took in Peru. Reading through the reflections on the failure in Peru brings to the surface two immediate observations. The hardware/software wasn’t ready for the task. And the adults continued getting in the way. The second point, to me, is the most salient. Read through each section of Patzer’s observations, and you see how often the breakdown happens in the way the adults try to move the students through a pre-determined way to learn with the device."

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holeinthewall  perception  teaching  neoteny  belesshelpful  technology  autodidacts  1:1  ipads  littleboxes  ethiopia  olpc  learning  2012  deschooling  unschooling  bengrey  1to1  ipad  from delicious
november 2012 by robertogreco
Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction | DVICE
"Just to give you a sense of what these villages in Ethiopia are like, the kids (and most of the adults) there have never seen a word. No books, no newspapers, no street signs, no labels on packaged foods or goods. Nothing. And these villages aren't unique in that respect; there are many of them in Africa where the literacy rate is close to zero. So you might think that if you're going to give out fancy tablet computers, it would be helpful to have someone along to show these people how to use them, right?

But that's not what OLPC did."

"Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

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motorolazoom  motoroloa  android  learning  2012  autodidacts  autodidactism  curiosity  literacy  deschooling  unschooling  education  computers  holeinthewall  ethiopia  africa  olpc  autodidacticism  from delicious
october 2012 by robertogreco
One Tablet Per Child: Technology Making a Difference |
"This initial phase of the experiment quickly yielded results, with the children unboxing the tablets and switching them on within a matter of minutes. By the end of the first week, an average of 57 apps were being utilised per day. By the end of week two children were already learning to recite the alphabet and even competing with each other while doing so.

That natural interaction also represents an important aspect of the study, with children gravitating towards both collaboration and competition - the sociological backdrop to the experiment is almost as important as the educational goals.

It's still too early to tell whether these children will complete the long journey to full literacy without any input from outsiders, but the initial results are looking very promising.

Reading is a skill on which almost all of our learning is based, and if something as simple as a tablet computer can empower children across the globe with that most basic of building blocks…"
otpc  sneakernets  literacy  reading  tablets  nicholasnegroponte  maryannewolf  2012  holeinthewall  olpc  sneakernet  from delicious
september 2012 by robertogreco
A Conversation with Mary Lou Jepsen - ACM Queue
[Notes and quotes here by Caren Litherland]

“If you look at what’s been happening in computers for the past 40 years, it’s been about more power, more megahertz, more MIPS. As a result, we’ve had huge applications and operating systems. Instead, at OLPC we focused on an entirely different kind of solution space. We focused on low power consumption, no hard drive, no moving parts, built-in networking, and sunlight-readable screens.” Interesting, prescient; focus on lower-power solutions preceded/anticipated larger cultural shift to mobile? /

“Right now I’m staring at my laptop. Not a single pixel on my screen is moving. What’s the CPU doing on? What’s the motherboard doing on? The way to get to low power—the big secret—is to turn stuff off that you’re not using. But nobody has ever made a laptop with a screen that self-refreshes.” /

“We wanted to design something that would engage kids beyond these rote-learning exercises, so the software architecture is completely different from a regular laptop. The user interface, called SUGAR, is based on the idea of everything being shareable; it explicitly enables collaboration.” /

“They want the screen—they want the screen desperately.” /

“The required contrast ratio for a display is now about 2,000 to 1, and the human visual system can’t see more than 500 to 1. It’s nuts.” /

“I started to look at what has been happening in specsmanship and *the perception of what quality is*, rather than how the human visual system perceives quality.” [my emph] /

“It would be a really good thing if you could lose yourself in a laptop and start to find another world.”
screens  technology  history  culture  maryloujepsen  olpc  displays  reading  vision  sight  via:litherland 
july 2012 by robertogreco
ameso — The Antikythera Mechanism on Squeak EToys
"Here you can find a complete emulation of the Antikythera mechanism on the Squeak EToys environment. Its construction follows the recent findings of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project. I have developed this as a prototype base for educational activities on the XO machine of the One Laptop per Child initiative. Implementing the mechanism as an EToys application is a goldmine for educational activities in the following areas:

* Astronomy: the motion of bodies; relationships; calendars
* Arithmetic: calculating with fractions
* Geometry: angles; constructing an ellipse; triangle properties; spirals
* Mechanical engineering: gears
* Physics: angular velocity; friction
* Archeology: ancient greek technology; carbon dating; computer tomography
* Computer science: emulation; problem decomposition; graphs; geometric algorithms
* Science: the process of scientific discovery"
etoys  antikytheramechanism  olpc  squeak  from delicious
july 2012 by robertogreco
The Failure of One Laptop Per Child
"The mission of the non-profit organization always stressed something broader, bigger -- One Laptop per Child meant empowerment, engagement, and education:

We aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.
No mention of improving standardized test scores in there, you'll notice. No talk of "student achievement." "The best preparation for children," according to the OLPC website isn't test prep. It is "to develop the passion for learning and the ability to learn how to learn."

Standardized test scores in math and in language do not reflect "the ability to learn how to learn" -- they don't even purport to. But we fixate on test scores nevertheless.
laptops  computers  standardizedtesting  testing  learning  education  minimallyinvasiveeducation  holeinthewall  sugatamitra  nicholasnegroponte  2012  audreywatters  olpc  from delicious
april 2012 by robertogreco
Nicholas Negroponte Talks About Learning by Yourselves - OLPC News
"Having heard plenty of talk of the first three points in the past I was most interested in hearing what Negroponte had in mind with regard to the "New Constructionism". Unfortunately most of what was said doesn't really strike me as new at all.

The one thing which was quite interesting is the aspect of "Learning to Read by Yourself" which very much ties in with Negroponte's much discussed helicopter deployments which saw its first pre-pilots being launched earlier this year.

He shared that the first 30 tablets with several thousand books on them had been distributed. Not too many other details were revealed and while Negroponte mentioned that "they read themselves" it's not quite clear for example what language these books are in. What is really exciting however is that he mentions a rigorous evaluation of these efforts and working with critics which I believe should make for some interesting results and discussions down the road."
education  learning  deschooling  unschooling  learningbyyourselves  readbyyourself  tablets  newconstructionism  constructionism  connectivity  nocostconnectivity  newconstructivism  2012  autodidacts  autodidactism  reading  literacy  holeinthewall  sugatamitra  nicholasnegroponte  olpc  autodidacticism  from delicious
march 2012 by robertogreco
Friday Links – Blog – BERG
"Via @janchipchase is this $80 Android phone from Huawei, which, although suffering from limited memory and battery-life problems, is apparently selling very well in Kenya. Making the OLPC look less like a failure and more like a mistake in product category."
timoarnall  olpc  technology  mobile  failure  smartphones  kenya  africa  handhelds  2011  huawei  phones  mobilelearning  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
OLPC: The Beauty of Failure - Adaptive Path [via: ]
"OLPC was a failure - but don’t products fail all the time?

In light of all the discourse on the shortcomings of the product, there seems to be little said on the things that OLPC accomplished that were interesting…Most of all, I believe OLPC at heart had a virtuous Buddha nature. It was created on the belief that people can improve their lives with technology & the desire to increase access to technology throughout the world.

Failure is part of the creative process & yet when we scathe each other on our individual failings, we make it difficult for people in our industry to take the creative risks necessary to push design & technology forward…

If we head for the ash heap of history, there are countless examples of failures that were necessary in order to realize a dream in the areas of science, transportation & technology…Perhaps like Apple Newton & Wright Brother’s early flyers, OLPC will be remembered as one of the colossal failures necessary to bridge the digital divide."
olpc  failure  technology  digitaldivide  risktaking  nicholasnegroponte  unschooling  technologicalleaps  progress  deschooling  learning  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
Open Learning Exchange
"Open Learning Exchange (OLE) is committed to universal access to basic education by 2015.

Over one billion school-aged children in more than one hundred countries lack access to even the most essential learning opportunities. Enabling them to acquire at least a basic education is not charity – it is a universal right. Every child is entitled to an opportunity to develop an intellectually and economically strong life consistent with their abilities. This ultimately benefits all of us.

And it is now possible as never before. The global reach of the Internet, low-cost laptops and other information technologies, combined with a greater awareness of the importance of universal basic education, make it possible for this to be achieved by the UN Millennium Goal of 2015.

Basic education enables one to:

» Read local newspapers, magazines and books» Complete job applications and obtain employment» Write letters to friends and employers…

[list continues]"
education  learning  open  openlearning  openlearningexchange  economics  sharing  online  web  internet  olpc  community  access  rwanda  ghana  nepal  mexico  dominicanrepublic  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
To Create, To Design
"…right to question these new “reforms” & their ability to succeed…points at “the revolution failed” are right…use of Dewey as an example is illustrative of issues here. Dewey, Francis Parker, L. Thomas Hopkins et al. faced a backlash from an American society bent on order & standardization. Though their reform was brilliant & on the mark in many ways, school in 20th century was an institution based on order and control just as it is today. Today as in the 20th century, linear schedules, corporate curricula, & the extra-curricularization of energy & interests still combine to hold firm what has been at the expense of what is. The School structure & its meanings are the issues of today just as they where a century ago…

We must reflect presently on the “reform” engines of today motoring through schools & quietly accepting the structures imposed in what amounts to seeing learners & their communities as commodities & economies of scale, vs dynamic realities of human possibility…"
thomassteele-maley  reform  education  schools  community  johndewey  thomashopkins  francisparker  wavesofthesame  unschooling  deschooling  workingwithinthesystem  revolution  standardization  control  corporateculture  corporatism  corporatization  curriculum  change  gamechanging  2011  we'vebeenherebefore  isitdiferentthistime  ego  cv  society  humanpotential  ivanillich  michaelwesch  newlearningecologies  networks  olpc  learningmeshes  michaelapple  jamesbeane  deborahmeier  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
Junkyard Jumbotron
"The Junkyard Jumbotron lets you take a bunch of random displays and instantly stitch them together into a large, virtual display, simply by taking a photograph of them. It works with laptops, smartphones, tablets --- anything that runs a web browser. It also highlights a new way of connecting a large number of heterogenous devices to each other in the field, on an ad-hoc basis."
display  media  video  diy  junkyardjumbotron  olpc  hacks  mit  make  classideas  edg  srg  glvo  installations  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
PhotonQ-Connecting with Nicholas Negroponte | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"child becomes agent of change, as opposed to object of change"

"If you have to measure (result), it's not big enough." (Answering question, how do you measure success of the OLPC ?)"

“Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.”

“Paper books will not exist in 5 years. The argument against books as paper objects turns out to be the developing world.”

"Every time the project is carried out, children all over the developing world ‘swim like fish’ in the digital environment …Ironically while often seen as a damaging distraction to western kids, ownership & use of a personal laptop in deprived areas is a huge advantage. Perhaps it’s because we have so much that we’re so bored & cynical.

…to own a networked laptop w/ access to internet means you’ve got access to the global conversation. You’re part of what’s happening all over world & can have digital presence as influential & dynamic as any kid in SF. OLPC machines are inspiring some interesting behaviour too…"

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nicholasnegroponte  olpc  education  outdoctrination  learning  global  deschooling  autodidacts  autodidactism  leapfrogging  cynicism  xo  behavior  society  internet  web  computing  lcproject  unschooling  autodidacticism  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Amazing XO Activity: Creating a Community Map of Kasiisi, Uganda - OLPC News
"Nicholas Doiron had a simple but amazing idea - Map Uganda. He wanted to educate the students of Kasiisi Primary School in an Environmental Sensing class to:<br />
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"bridge the gap between technical and personal perspectives by making a creative community map, and then draw several overlays on tracing paper. These overlays will demonstrate multiple uses of water, causes and effects of pollution, and ways to protect the environment. Producing a paper map will lay the foundation towards composing a digital map which can be shared with classmates, pen pals, and online mapping sites."<br />
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Did he succeed? Read his progress reports and take a look at these images, and you'll see his idea was brilliant and has inspired a generation of children to experience their environment as active participants in stewarding nature."
olpc  maps  mapping  uganda  sugar  environment  bighere  community  local  kasiisi  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
A real educational revolution: System thinking + long-term thinking = universal basic education | FLOSSE Posse
"we need for sure…:

Public libraries
Universal high quality basic ed
Access to mobile phones & network comps
Free & reliable online reference & other ed content
Peer-to-peer online learning & teaching communities
Community colleges & open unis online & on campus
Quality higher ed online & on campus
Now if we look at proposed solutions they are mainly improvements to things w/ middle importance, such as access to network comps or access to ed content. They do not solve problem. They are part of solution, but only small part.

The universal quality basic ed is key…you can do fine w/out coms or hand-helds. What you need is paper, pens, reading materials & good teacher. To have a good teachers you need (1) quality basic ed, (2) quality higher ed & (3) ~25 years. People do not grow faster.

real problem: For most decision-maker 25 years is something like 5X longer than term in office & 100X longer than memory. Free advice for people working in the field: join The Long Now."
education  change  gamechanging  longnow  universalbasiceducation  learning  schools  tcsnmy  olpc  libraries  information  content  teaching  computing  wikipedia  technology  lcproject  references  teemuleinonen  highered  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
Learning from the Extremes - Charlie Leadbeater & Annika Wong [.pdf]
"Leadbeater makes further point about increasing relative ignorance that is highly significant for teaching & learning. It is that we can & must put ignorance to work–to make it useful–to provide opportunities for ourselves & others to live innovative & creative lives. “What holds people back from taking risks, is often as not…their knowledge, not their ignorancel.” Useful ignorance becomes a space of pedagogical possibility rather than base that needs to be covered. ‘Not knowing’ needs to be put to work w/out shame or bluster…Our highest educational achievers may well be aligned w/ teachers in knowing what to do if & when they have script. But…this sort of certain & tidy knowing is out of alignment w/ script-less & fluid social world. Out best learners will be those who can make ‘not knowing’ useful, do not need blueprint, template, map, to make new kind of sense. This is one new disposition that academics as teachers need to acquire fast–disposition to be usefully ignorant."

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charlesleadbeater  teaching  ignorance  usefulignorance  learning  lcproject  tcsnmy  schools  risk  risktaking  pedagogy  annikawong  knowledge  education  academics  unschooling  deschooling  gamechanging  disruption  informallearning  informal  olpc  sugatamitra  holeinthewall  outdoctrination  kenya  brasil  india  developingworld  development  technology  filetype:pdf  media:document  brazil  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
EscueLab - OLPC
"Through a partnership of ATA and the Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands), the EscueLab space/project is beeing supported for the next three years.

The mission of EscueLab is to provide a space/infrastructure that has been missing for young researchers/artists of the Andean Region to develop projects bridging the gap between technology & society.

Our interests span over a wide range of subjects related to technology appropiation, artistic & technological practices, technology in education, technology recycling, among others...

The planned activities of EscueLab include conference hosting, open workshops, project incubation, & a creators-in-residence program.

The infrastructure provided by EscueLab for those activities includes:

*three rooms for conference hosting,
*a hardware hack lab & warehouse,
*one PC lab, for programming workshops
*communications lab for video documentation of activities.
*dorms, kitchen & ateliers for up to eight creators in residence."
escuelab  perú  olpc  medialab  creativity  electronics  art  technology  edtech  e-learning  education  elearning  society  lima  lcproject  schools  schooling  unschooling  deschooling  projectbasedlearning  multidisciplinary  transdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  crosspollination  invention  innovation  hackerspaces  hackerculture  pbl  mitmedialab  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco | creatividad, tecnología y sociedad
"No hay cultura sin cambio y no hay cambio sin experimento e innovación. Escuelab es un espacio en el centro de una capital latinoamericana que busca incentivar a creadores, teóricos y activistas jóvenes a proyectar sus ideas, nacidas del presente, para diseñar y construir futuros posibles en los que con imaginación se abordará la brecha entre tecnología y sociedad.

Escuelab ofrece un concepto de estudios dinámico y modular, enfocado al emprendimiento de proyectos, donde se integran disciplinas que suelen desarrollarse aisladamente. Esta línea de acción facilita el conocimiento transdisciplinario en los campos del arte, ciencia, tecnología y nuevos medios fuera de las clasificaciones habituales y las divisiones convencionales."
escuelab  perú  olpc  medialab  creativity  electronics  art  technology  edtech  e-learning  education  elearning  society  lima  lcproject  schools  schooling  unschooling  deschooling  projectbasedlearning  multidisciplinary  transdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  crosspollination  invention  innovation  hackerspaces  hackerculture  pbl  mitmedialab  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Features/Spiral Home View - Sugar Labs
"This is an enhancement to the Home View to enable the display of more icons. The idea is that after the circle becomes too large, rather than shrinking the icons, it morphs into a spiral. Only after the spiral no longer fits on the screen do the icons shrink."
olpc  interface  homeview  sugar  sugarlabs  ui  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Craighton Berman: Where is my digital version of the desk blotter, the back of a receipt, or painter’s palette?
"The digital world lacks these kind of informal places for scribbling things to remember in the short term. There are probably thousands of note-taking applications out there, meant to capture small bits of information—but I have yet to encounter any that match the spontaneity of the tangible world’s solutions, or the casual ability to place bits of info in a visual manner. Where is my digital version of the desk blotter, the back of a receipt, or painter’s palette?"

[Sent him an email pointing to a few examples that approach the "digital version of the desk blotter, the back of a receipt, or painter’s palette."

Desktastic for Mac OS X

Edgies for Mac OS X

The Sugar UI (on the OLPC) shows clipboard items (from copy-paste) on the side. y]
digital  craightonberman  informal  software  computing  interface  ui  ux  mac  macosx  sugar  olpc  destastic  edgies  osx  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
OLPC in Uruguay - More than just Plan Ceibal - OLPC News
"One of my first takeaways from Uruguay is that OLPC here is so much more than just the official Plan Ceibal. I had always heard of the different organizations and groups of people doing OLPC related work in the country but it wasn't until I got here and started talking to some people that I realized just how many different entities are working in this space."
planceibal  uruguay  olpc 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Video: Plan Ceibal's Miguel Brechner at TEDxBuenosAires - OLPC News
"Back in April Plan Ceibal's head Miguel Brechner gave a presentation called "Revolutionizing social integration in Uruguay with One Laptop per Child" at TEDxBuenosAires. Not surprisingly the 16 minute talk is a great overview of Plan Ceibal and I feel it also serves as a good baseline for some of my upcoming articles about OLPC in Uruguay." [YouTube video URL:]
planceibal  olpc  miguelbrechner  uruguay  tedxbuenosaires 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Is Humanitarian Design the New Imperialism? | Co.Design
"I know almost all of my Gen Y students want to do [humanitarian design] because their value system is into doing good globally. Young designers in consultancies & corporations want to do it for same reason."

[response by Emily Pilloton: ]
humanitarianism  ideo  imperialism  brucenussbaum  asia  africa  2010  community  criticism  culture  design  development  humanitarian  ethics  sustainability  colonialism  collaborative  innovation  projecth  politics  technology  olpc  emilypilloton  brasil  india  acumen  bias  business  tcsnmy  projecthdesign  brazil 
august 2010 by robertogreco
ep - Sugar Digest 2010-07-29 [see also the bits responding to the Michael Truncano article]
"The final day of Squeakfest as was uplifting as my first day...There were reports from the field using Etoys and many “oh-the-things-you-can-do” presentations by
squeakfext  walterbender  olpc  sugar  sugralabs  etoys  education  computing  pedagogy  uruguay  planceibal  learning  christopherderndorfer  michaeltruncano  programming 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Fundacion Marina Orth
"Somos una organización (501.C3) sin ánimo de lucro que sirve a las escuelas más necesitadas en Colombia. Como respuesta a una petición de la Secretaría de Educación de Medellín, estamos desarrollando un proyecto piloto en Inglés y Tecnología-Informática con los maestros y los estudiantes de la Institución Educativa Rural Marina Orth, que busca hacer de la misma, la primera Institución Educativa Pública y Rural, Bilingüe y con énfasis en Tecnología-Informática de Medellín y de Colombia. Después, la Fundación espera poder desarrollar el mismo proyecto en otras escuelas del país."
maureenorth  olpc  colombia  medellin  schools  education  bilingualism  rural  technology  medellín 
july 2010 by robertogreco
TechCrunch TV | One Laptop per Colombian Child
"Sarah Lacy and Paul Carr speak with Maureen Orth about her work in Colombia with One Laptop per Child and Medellin schools."
olpc  colombia  maureenorth  education  medellin  medellín 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Museo Gurvich | Homenaje a Elsa Andrada (1920 - 2010)
"El objetivo de estos Talleres es ofrecer la experiencia de trabajar la imagen fotográfica, su digitalización, ampliación y selección con herramientas nuevas, como son las Xo del Plan Ceibal.
uruguay  museogurvich  photography  olpc  planceibal 
july 2010 by robertogreco
eXpO fotos: an exhibition based on photos taken with XOs - OLPC News
"The cool thing is that all of the photos were taken by pupils from four different schools here in Montevideo. The pupils had participated in a workshop organized by a museum which focused on how to use their XOs to capture impressions from their lives and environment... When first heard about the exhibition I was admittedly a little skeptical about the quality of the print-outs. Because even though the XO's camera is actually quite good the quality of the saved images leaves something to be desired. However after actually seeing the photos I have to say that the quality isn't distracting at all, in fact it's actually part of the charm of the whole thing (reminding me of scanner photography in many ways)... in many ways the exhibition served as a reminder of how versatile the XO is. Yes, it's an educational tool but at the same time it definitely also has a lot of potential as an artistic tool."
olpc  xo  photography  exhibits  uruguay  montevideo  perspective  art  constraints 
july 2010 by robertogreco
What Happened to “Hole-in-the-Wall”? « Papyrus News
"It turns out that the two Hole-in-the-Wall sites that she visited both stand in ruins, one closed down within a few months of its opening due to vandalism, the other surviving until it became inactive. According to the article, while the broader Hole-in-the-Wall project still exists, it has evolved from its earlier approach of eschewing relationship with community organizations, schools, and adult mentors, and has now “started to focus more on the building of ties with the school, particularly in regard to using the teachers or others in the local communities as mediators in learning.” This is a welcome change and reflects the important realization that mentorship and institutional support are important if children are to learn effectively with technology."

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computers  education  india  learning  literacy  olpc  slums  technology  sugatamitra  holeinthewall  digitaldivide  access  unschooling  deschooling  research  self-directedlearning  self-directed  informal  curiosity  tcsnmy  unsupervised  sustainability  almora  hawalbagh  outdoctrination 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Hope-in-the-Wall? A digital promise for free learning. Payal Arora. 2010; British Journal of Educational Technology - Wiley InterScience
"It is posited that this approach, which is being used in India, Cambodia and several countries in Africa, can pave the way for a new education paradigm and be the key to providing literacy and basic education and bridging the digital divide in remote and disadvantaged regions. This paper seeks to establish why two such open access, self-directed and collaborative learning systems failed to take root in the Central Himalaya communities of Almora and Hawalbagh. The purpose of this study is not to deny the achievements and potential of such an approach in other settings, but to examine the tenets and sustainability of such initiatives. It is argued that there is a need to distinguish between Hole-in-the-Wall as an idea and as an institution and to reflect on the key suppositions on how unsupervised access, informal, public, self-guided and collaborative work can help in children's learning."

[via: ]
education  learning  holeinthewall  sugatamitra  self-directedlearning  self-directed  unschooling  digitaldivide  informal  curiosity  tcsnmy  access  olpc  unsupervised  sustainability  almora  hawalbagh  deschooling  outdoctrination 
july 2010 by robertogreco
The ISTE opening keynote – what I wish had been said « Generation YES Blog
"* These global problems must be solved by including people who are traditionally not included in solutions...cannot be solved by “usual suspects” – governments, military, big corporations, etc...
* Technology is a solution to bringing these voices out...
* Youth must be at the table...They are the ones who will live there...who will solve problems.

...the OLPC movement is based on these ideas...

Educators are like sherpas for the future. By guiding students to develop a global perspective, problem-solving skills & voice, they are creating capacity for these students to gradually solve larger & more global problems. Students may not start by tackling global warming, but by helping to clean up local marsh...skills of collaboration, teamwork, creative problem solving are the same...

Rischard missed the point by saying that we should develop curriculum for K-12 that does this...students learn these things by DOING them..."
silviamartinez  olpc  global  tcsnmy  classideas  teaching  learning  problemsolving  collaboration  criticalthinking  globalwarming  iste  2010  jean-francoisrischard  globalvoices  teamwork  creativity  meaning  scale  doing  learningbydoing  schools  curriculum  curriculumisdead  practice  future  voice 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Funky, Futuristic XO Classrooms on YouTube Cannal Ceibal - OLPC News
"Did you know that the OLPC classrooms in Uruguay were futuristic designs from the 1970's? Talk a look at this video and check out the fly cribs for these kids. It reminds me of a set from Dr. Who or the original Star Trek - all those primary colors for every object in the room. Very cool in a flashback kinda way." [That's true, but what struck me even more was how the pedagogy seem to be from the 1970's too. If this is indicative of the classroom dynamic that Proyecto Ceibal is producing, I'm all of a sudden much *less* impressed by what's going on in Uruguay.]
proyectoceibal  uruguay  olpc  pedagogy  1970s  design  colors  teaching  learning  planceibal 
july 2010 by robertogreco
OLPC research - OLPC
"This page provides links to research reports related to the OLPC project. See also Experience, Constructionism, Reviews of OLPC, and Class Acts (a FLOSS Manuals community publication) for articles and other anecdotal evidence."
education  evaluation  olpc  research  constructivism  experience  planceibal  som  self-organizingmaps  maps  mapping 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Children as the Trojan horse | The Fifth Conference
"I guess the problem begins with our educational system, which is rotten. Children hate school. The problem is that they hate education, while they love to learn. All children love to learn. There are two things—essential things—we do not teach at school: functional technology and money...We need to teach kids to learn to navigate a world that is becoming more and more technological...Children must learn to play with maths. And we must teach them to work with resources like Wikipedia, but as critical thinkers, as people who understand how that knowledge system is put together. Ultimately it is all about teaching kids to learn and to think...“Today what we teach is confusion.”
olpc  it  education  learning  tcsnmy  lcproject  children  highered  compartmentalization  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  culture  europe  innovation  us  criticalthinking  skepticism  wikipedia  unschooling  deschooling  business  walterdebrouwer  belgium  curiosity 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Web: Original Trailer on Vimeo
"character-based, documentary feature enamored with the possibilities for global unification offered by the Internet. The film follows the work of OLPC... Shot entirely on location in Peru, the film will be an intimate portrayal of the lives of students living in the remoteness of the Amazon Jungle, the Andes Mountains and the nation’s inner cities. Using OLPC as a tangible example, the film will consider the Internet as the culmination of a technological evolution that has pushed the human species toward deeper and more meaningful cross-cultural collaboration. As children in the third world become entangled in a global web of information, communication, and collaboration, the Internet will be seen as a tool of unparalleled unification and connectivity. At its heart, the film seeks to uncover the sometimes hidden truth that we are all fundamentally the same; that there is much we can learn from a global conversation and that such interdependence is our mutual destiny."
documentary  film  olpc  networkedlearning  global  globalbrain  web  wikipedia  learning  communication  perú 
may 2010 by robertogreco
How the Tablet Will Change the World | Magazine
"The fact is, the way we use computers is outmoded. The graphical user interface that’s still part of our daily existence was forged in the 1960s and ’70s, even before IBM got into the PC business. Most of the software we use today has its origins in the pre-Internet era, when storage was at a premium, machines ran thousands of times slower, and applications were sold in shrink-wrapped boxes for hundreds of dollars. With the iPad, Apple is making its play to become the center of a post-PC era. But to succeed, it will have to beat out the other familiar powerhouses that are working to define and dominate the future."

[Guest essays here: ]
apple  computers  computing  ebooks  edtech  future  gadgets  tablet  tablets  gui  innovation  interface  internet  ipad  media  mobile  technology  trends  stevenjohnson  kevinkelly  nicholasnegroponte  olpc  chrisanderson  marthastewart  bobstein  jamesfallows 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Rwanda's laptop revolution | Technology | The Observer
""You know the problem with having a poor education is that you are not given the faculties to cross-check information, not given access to information. Our society, before the genocide, was not open. Now I can go on the internet. I can check what I am being told. I can make my own analysis. "I remember a text that I learned at school. It said you go to school to learn how to learn. If you can enable people in society… with computers… you release the human potential. You can go beyond."...They work out for themselves what they want to do with the computer...Cavallo & OLPC are cautious about how they present themselves. One day he describes to me an ad campaign they that the Rwandan government might have liked, but it jarred with Papert's ideals. "It was this Hollywood idea. The hero comes in. Does everything. That's what we rejected. It showed a Nobel prizewinner then wound back 20 years to the XO. But it is not what we're about. We are about teachers and nurses.""
olpc  rwanda  education  learning  genocide  africa  2010  trends  technology  development  via:preoccupations  seymourpapert  nicholasnegroponte 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Projects/S.P.A.M: Super Pixel Art Maker - OLPC
"OLPC, having placed 1 million laptops in children’s hands around the world, has opened a unique doorway for young artists to pick up and master such a skill as pixel art not only for creative expression, but also that which is marketable and profitable. 1 million laptops around the world provide an immense foundation and reason for developing such a useful tool as S.P.A.M.
olpc  pixelart 
february 2010 by robertogreco
OLPC Learning Club: TimeLapse Activity Released! - OLPC News
"TimeLapse is computer software for the Sugar Learning Platform used to gather periodic data (sound and images). It is the first software activity developed by Sugar Labs DC and runs on the OLPC XO-1 laptop. The idea for TimeLapse grew out of the exciting, eclectic, interdisciplinary meeting of scientists, computer programmers, pedagogues, and hardware hobbyists originally brought together by the OLPC Learning Club DC."
olpc  sugar  opensource  software  xo  edg  srg  timelapse 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Insane XO prices!!! Every Laptop must go!! - OLPC News
"Nicholas is insane. Rather like Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Galileo, or the Wright brothers, or Nikola Tesla, in their various ways. & he is insane enough to get funding for the project, manufacturing, buyers, volunteers. Is he insane enough to get countries to buy computers for up to a billion children? Time will tell. But he is not completely insane...crazy to offer 1080p video on a 1024×600 display, & it would be. But notice the HDMI output. & this isn't a $75 laptop or tablet. We don't have a price yet, although a lot of people...hoping for $300. We'll find out at CES...But what does it become if you cut out features that an XO doesn't require? Android, GPS & other sensors, NVIDIA graphics chipset, HDMI, some storage, some resolution...?
olpc  nicholasnegroponte  xo-3  xo  laptops 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Pivotal Education "Innovation" of the Decade
"I'm generally of the view that there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to education, and a lot of standard discourse about "change" is really just pendulum-swinging. But I think there is at least one new thing from the past decade (in US public, primary and secondary education) which deserves special mention: schools completely and unabashedly optimized to increase the scores on two (or three or one) specific tests, especially new schools built from the ground up for that specific purpose....Honorable Mention #1: Broad Academy
innovation  education  testing  assessment  optimization  olpc  broadacademy  microsoft  tomhoffman  2009  00s  2008 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Do you... - a grammar [This just nails the reason why I support the concept of OLPC. Wish I could write something like this some day...I've butchered the quote to fit in as much as possible. Go now and read the whole thing.]
"signature experience for Westerners visiting less-developed nations...see children who lack basics...entranced by...Material things you have & they don’t...less a whole lot of relatively healthy, curious young children who will ask for pens...paper...[accept] a 99-cent breast-pocket an American, picture, book & child may pore over it like a Dead Sea scroll...Money? Pshaw. Can I have your pen. Why? Because for every child who grows up without access to basics...there are a few more who get enough of the basics to grow up, but are starved for information & education...Westerners are struck by...being asked for things like pens & paper...[because we] think of poverty in terms of material comforts. & suddenly...staring at a child with just as much intelligence, curiosity, & potential as they ever had as children...difference isn’t strictly about “material” comforts — it’s about this child lacking intellectual tools we take for granted."
olpc  poverty  development  hunger  curiosity  learning  human  thirdworld  meaning  gamechanging  glvo  xo  travel  experience  cv  wealth  basics 
december 2009 by robertogreco
The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child - SlashGear
"Like the mythical predecessors that came before it, the new device is said to have an 8.5 x 11 inch touch screen made by Pixel Qi with an indoor/outdoor display, use inductive charging (like the Palm Pre), will be waterproof and cost no more than $100. Of course, you can’t buy or order one as they’re targeting 2012 for the ship date. I’ve been asked by a few folks how the OLPC project could manage this with their current specifications and the answer is simple: they won’t be able to."
olpc  development  poverty  hardware  technology  education  thirdworld  xo 
december 2009 by robertogreco
gregdek: Enough of the boo-hoo-hooing about OLPC.
"The OLPC organization is built to do hardware innovation. Of the many things they've attempted, it's the one thing at which they have clearly been wildly successful. They put the fear of God into Intel and forced the worldwide introduction of the Netbook, thus driving down the median price of personal computing all over the world -- whether you choose to give them credit for that achievement or not. Their decision to focus on hardware innovation as a core competency is a good thing, not a bad thing...
olpc  2009  hardware  openeducation  opensource  sugarlabs 
december 2009 by robertogreco
XO-3 Laptop Fantasy Distraction from Education Reality - OLPC News
"But where is this same focus on education? Where is Negroponte proudly announcing new Constructionism advances? Or paradigm-shifting learning software? Or even invoking Seymour Papret's influence?
olpc  xo  nicholasnegroponte  wayanvota  xo-3  constructivism  education  pedagogy 
december 2009 by robertogreco
The Economist on OLPC Uruguay: A Chequered Start - OLPC News
"As OLPC Uruguay nears it goal of suppling XO laptops to around 400,000 school children in 2,360 state primary schools in Uruguay, The Economist has taken a look at Plan Ceibal's success over the past three years."
olpc  uruguay  planceibal 
october 2009 by robertogreco
OLPC Map Activity Updated for the XO Laptop - OLPC News
"With access to online maps, students can post photos of their town on a satellite map or follow a sea turtle's journey, perhaps beginning a future in city planning, tourism, or conservation. Unfortunately, most XOs are on slow, shared connections far from map servers. The web's more interactive map applications would seem out of the question. With the help of Wayan Vota's Traveling XO, I set out to update the Map activity to meet these challenges. My main technical goals were to improve speed and add collaboration. Google's Static Maps and a few JavaScript methods can make an interactive map (clickable markers, double-clicking to zoom) even with low bandwidth."
olpc  xo  maps  mapping  education  srg  edg 
october 2009 by robertogreco
One Laptop Per Child - The Dream is Over | UN Dispatch
"The laptop never came down to the hundred dollar price that was promised. The huge orders never materialized, and the project was very slow to allow sales to NGOs and charities instead of just governments. They abandoned the human-powered power source. They abandoned the special child-friendly OS. The laptop still didn’t sell to their target market in the developing world...Once the laptop finally started arriving in the developing world, its impact was minimal. We think." Response from Negroponte: AND Jon Camfield: AND See also the comments like this one: "for most people, who have been spoon-fed their knowledge all their lives, they are not capable of making the leap and learning on their own"
xo  olpc  negroponte  $100  digitaldivide  technology  debate  criticism  deschooling  constructivism  learning 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Home - Classroom Presenter for the XO
"We have produced an adaptation of UW Classroom Presenter that runs on the XO laptop. Our application enables students and teachers to collaboratively engage in classroom lesson plans using their XO laptops.
olpc  xo  software 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Inventing a New Paradigm: SugarLabs and the Sugar UI | GeekDad |
"But with Sugar, suddenly there’s something truly different. At first, the experience was maddening. How do I save a file? How do I configure networking? The XO doesn’t ship with a manual, per se, as interacting with the laptop is part of the learning through experimentation ideas that are at the heart of Constructivism, the learning theory behind much of OLPC’s mission. But each time I solved the problem, the lightbulb would go off. I began to see a new paradigm for computing, one that didn’t require the methods those of us in the developed world have used for the past two decades."
olpc  sugar  xo  software  userinterface  ui 
august 2009 by robertogreco
C. Scott Ananian - OLPC kerfuffle
"With the exception of the display (one of the few unalloyed successes of the XO hardware), most of our hardware and software partners were working at cross purposes. Red Hat didn't really want to build an embedded OS product, "mesh networking" to Marvel meant household networks between your TV and your stereo with maybe 10 participants, the Geode was an orphaned offering from AMD, the display and flash NAND controller was a unloved one-off, etc. Success is found by aligning your partners' interests with your own."
august 2009 by robertogreco
ivan krstić · code culture » Sweet nonsense omelet
"In truth, the XO ships a pretty shitty operating system, and this fact has very little to do with Sugar the GUI. It has a lot to do with the choice of incompetent hardware vendors that provided half-assedly built, unsupported and unsupportable components with broken closed-source firmware blobs that OLPC could neither examine nor fix." [via:]
olpc  nicholasnegroponte  sugar  sugarlabs  xo  hardware 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Trojan Horse Yourself: XO not Kindle
"If we're giving every kid a "laptop," people will start worrying about whether they can do video editing on it, etc and all of a sudden it costs $600. And if it is a "laptop project" it will be expected to provide a significant return on investment in the form of test scores, and the evidence for that is, well, not conclusive enough to convince those who aren't inclined to believe it.
tomhoffman  olpc  laptops  kindle  ebooks  education  technology  schools 
july 2009 by robertogreco
The XO Laptop Two Years Later: Part 1 - The Vision | GeekDad |
"While One Laptop Per Child’s recent problems are unfortunate, their vision is admirable. And for the benefit of children around the world who might never get exposed to technology such as this, I hope they succeed. As my next two articles will show, OLPC’s implementation of their hardware and software is unique and exceptional in it’s stated goal of bringing low cost laptops to kids to foster learning. With updates in the pipeline including a more innovative hardware platform dubbed the XO-2, OLPC’s future indeed looks bright."
olpc  xo  geekdad 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Ooo4Kids: Open Office for the XO Laptop - OLPC News
"Do you like your office automation software to be a free and Open Source as your Sugar Learning Platform? Then rejoice now that Eric Bachard has helped create OOo4Kids, an Open Office customized for 7-12 year old children that works on the XO laptop:"
openoffice  olpc  sugar  software  applications 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Sugar Activities
"Activities extend Sugar, letting you personalize your experience. Take a look around and make Sugar your own."
xo  olpc  sugar  sugarlabs  activities  education  technology  linux 
june 2009 by robertogreco
The Miracle Transformation Falacy - OLPC News
"There is a second fallacy, which is also very important, which we might call the miracle transformation fallacy -- i.e., the notion that, if we could get little green laptops into children's hands, it would miraculously transform their lives. This fallacy falls within an approach known as "media determinism," the notion that a particular media or technology will automatically have a certain effect no matter what context it is deployed in. However, a long history of experience with all media indicates that they are heavily influenced by the context of their use."
education  olpc  literacy  technology  transformation  ict  context 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Breaking News: Videos of XO-1.5, Faster Sugar, Fedora Dual Boot - OLPC News
"Charbax has exclusive new videos of the XO-1.5 laptop narrated by key OLPC developers posted on Here is is Chris Ball, OLPC Lead Software Engineer showing a fully working demonstration of the latest XO 1.5 motherboard fresh from the lab, running a new faster Sugar Linux OS and multi-booting into a full Gnome desktop version of Fedora."
olpc  xo  hardware  software  fedora  sugar 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Low-cost Heart Rate Monitor for XO-1 | One Laptop per Child
"Tom Boonsiri has been working with OLPC Goldenstate and OLPC Health for some time now. Lately, he’s released a new revision of his low-cost heart rate monitor hardware."

[via: ]
education  olpc  opensource  medicine  sensors  healthcare  hardware  hacks 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Learning Options in Failed School Environments - OLPC News
"While the people debated whether OLPC is related to Taiwanese net-books or American e-ink gizmos; new learning paradigms were being created: free choice learning, action learning, cooperative learning (not to be confused with collaborative learning), adventure learning, project learning, integrated studies, youth voice, service-learning, and community-based. They are all being used in environments in which the formal school system has failed or the parents have given the schools a vote of no confidence."
education  schools  learning  olpc  cooperation  adventure  tcsnmy  curriculum  publicschools  lcproject  projectbasedlearning  integrative  servicelearning  media  community  alankay  informallearning  unschooling  deschooling  technology  pedagogy  pbl 
april 2009 by robertogreco
FrontLine SMS on OLPC XO: Revolution You Can Run With - OLPC News
"By attaching a computer (Linux, Mac, or Windows) to a cell phone with a data cable and installing his (free, open source) software, Frontline SMS, that computer is turned into a messaging hub; sending and receiving text messages via the cell phone to hundreds of contacts."
olpc  xo  hacks  linux  applications  mac  osx  windows  sms  messaging  mobile  phones  server  data  opensource  texting 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Where are the robots we were promised? - Vox
"this talk highlighted the conflict of priorities between development and engineering, showing examples of the 'Faster, smaller, more powerful model' failing when deployed as a development solution (Think: OLPC). Towards this I presented the dark underbelly of the entire data enterprise and how this opened up, what I think to be, the most interesting space in development for engineers to be working - that of problem identification. That, before we deploy another water treatment facility, or write another education policy, or make another mashup, we should think FIRST about the quality of the data we are basing our decisions on. With a closer look, we see that the technology and methods used to collect this data are old - determined in a time when the composition of the human population was less diverse, less mobile & with a different kind of relationship to the environment. And that we as engineers have the unique opportunity to develop new tools to collect more representative data."
shannonspanhake  data  decisionmaking  policy  google  technology  future  education  learning  problemidentifiction  development  engineering  olpc 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Sugar Labs—learning software for children
"The award-winning Sugar Learning Platform promotes collaborative learning through Sugar Activities that encourage critical thinking, the heart of a quality education. Designed from the ground up especially for children, Sugar offers an alternative to traditional “office-desktop” software. Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with equal opportunity for a quality education. Available in 25 languages, Sugar’s Activities are used every school day by almost one-million children in more than forty countries.
sugralabs  sugar  olpc  os  linux  opensource  education  learning  children  software  interface  gui 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Sugar Labs—learning software for children
"Sugar provides a simple yet powerful means of engaging young children in the world of learning that is opened up by computers and the Internet. Sugar promotes sharing, collaborative learning, and reflection. Children develop skills that help them in all aspects of life.
sugar  sugarlabs  olpc  os  software  learning  constructivism  comics 
march 2009 by robertogreco
GOOD » Laptops of the World»
"In inner-city Philadelphia, a pilot program is arming its high schoolers with laptops. But in countries like Norway—and increasingly in the developing world—that’s the norm. Why is the United States so behind? And is it worth it to play catch-up?"
tcsnmy  education  olpc  hardware  norway  us  1to1  learning  schools  technology  1:1 
march 2009 by robertogreco
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