Educators

From OLPC

(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
(Adults learning computer skills)
(Recent Learning Team Activities)
 
(154 intermediate revisions not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
-
{{Translations}}
+
{{OLPC}}{{Translations}}{{TOCright}}
-
{{TOCright}}
+
[[Category:Education]]
-
==Welcome==
+
-
One Laptop per Child is an education project, not a laptop project. Our goal is to provide children with access to libraries of knowledge, ideas, experiments, and art. Our hope is that this material will act as a window into the world, complete with examples and references on which to build.
+
-
This page is designed for the community of educators who are interested in contributing to these libraries of knowledge, and supporting the community of teachers using XOs in their classrooms. If you are a teacher currently using (or about to use) XOs in your classroom, you may be interested in the community page for [[XO Teachers]].
+
One Laptop per Child is an [[education]] project, not a laptop project. With connected laptops, learners are liberated to actively engage with others with similar interests in cultures of learning by doing without being limited by time or space. Children can learn by teaching, actively assisting other learners and freeing the teacher to focus her experience and expertise where most needed. (see also: [[education philosophy]]).  
-
Already, hundreds of prototype laptops have been distributed to children in [[:Category:Pilot site|pilot schools]] around the world. This summer, the final "B4" beta-test laptop will go ''(went?)'' out to another thousand children. The production prototypes are done, and the first real production run is planned to begin in the next few weeks (Oct?).
+
Educators have long recognized that children learn best when they are active, when they pursue their own interests, and when they participate in cultures of knowledge and engagement. However, until now it has been logistically impossible, except for the elites, to create such learning environments. With 1-to-1 access to connected laptops, children actively engage in knowledge construction and are not limited to passive reception of information. Each child can pursue learning in areas of strong personal interest and the classroom is not limited to a pre-determined, one-size-fits-all approach.
 +
With connected laptops, learners are liberated to actively engage with others with similar interests in cultures of learning by doing without being limited by time or space. In this way children can learn by teaching, actively assisting other learners and thereby liberating the teacher to focus her experience and expertise where most needed. Computers also facilitate appropriation of knowledge in domains difficult to comprehend with other static, non-connected materials. Domains that involve dynamics, complexity, high levels of abstraction, micro or macro size, and more become appropriable by children through expressive uses of computers. Teachers benefit as well as not only do they get to use the laptops at home for their own learning, but the connected laptop becomes a conduit for customized professional development enabling the teachers to gain access to expertise and colleagues, to pose and respond to practical questions.
 +
Moreover, with mobile, connected laptops the walls of the classroom open and the entire community becomes the classroom and virtually the whole world enters on demand. The children carry the classrooms and teachers of the world with them through the community and into their homes. Children can participate in the study of global issues while simultaneously using local context for understanding. They can fully participate as producers of knowledge and not just as consumers of materials produced by others.
 +
Connected laptops also provide a means for new models of growth. Rather than needing to rely on a centralized, standardized reform, we can develop high-quality, localized models of improved practice, and utilize the network and rich media to create mechanisms for spread. A foundation is thus created for three distinct, but overlapping, phases: enabling powerful learning in and out of school; the positive change to specific school practices; and the transformation of schools from funnels of received information to engines of knowledge construction and appropriation.
 +
<div style="border:5px solid #b2effd; margin:0px; padding:0px; font-size:100%;">
 +
''Laptops are the pencils for the digital age. The sooner we can provide high quality learning environments for all, the better and more cohesive our societies will become.''<br/> <span style="float:right; font-size:100%;">&nbsp; </span>
 +
<br/>
 +
</div>
-
It's an exciting time to get involved with OLPC. This page is designed to help you get started.
+
The OLPC Learning Team, led by Dr. Claudia Urrea and Dr. Antonio Battro, are currently working in Colombia, Rwanda and the US respectively and provide support to countries, teams, community and children engaged in the project. The team recently released  [[Media:OLPCFundamentalIdeasonLearning.doc| OLPC Fundamental Ideas on Learning]]
-
==Highlights==
+
Each Wednesday, 2pm GMT, learning representatives and other educational stakeholders from OLPC countries, led by Dr. Urrea, meet to discuss on relevant issues, updates from programs or for a presentation/discussion from a guest speaker. The chat is in Spanish, but can be translated. For a log of all chats, please see: [[Spanish_Chat]]
-
*[[OLPC Peru/Arahuay]], which gives a good overview of a trial.
+
-
*[http://olpc-ceibal.blogspot.com/ The Uruguay/Cardal blog], which discusses the ongoing trial in [[OLPC Uruguay/Cardal]].
+
-
*[[Khairat Chronicle]] from the [[Khairat school]] pilot in Maharashtra India.
+
-
==Some trials==
+
== Background for educators ==
-
{| border="0"
+
<div style="clear:right;float:right;width:400px;margin:2em;">
-
|-
+
{|
-
! [[OLPC Brazil/Porto Alegre|Porto Alegre]]<br>[[OLPC Brazil]]
+
|valign="top" | [[Image:cquote1.svg|20px]]&nbsp; || The most fundamental job of schools is to teach good citizenship, which includes the habit of helping others.&nbsp;[[Image:cquote2.svg|20px]]
-
! [[OLPC Nigeria/Galadima|Galadima]]<br>[[OLPC Nigeria]]
+
-
! [[OLPC Thailand/Ban_Samkha/trial-200705|Ban Samkha]]<br>[[OLPC Thailand/Ban_Samkha/trial-200705|OLPC Thailand]]
+
-
|- valign="top"
+
-
|[[Image:Porto_alegre.jpg|thumb|Porto Alegre is the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil]]
+
-
|[[Image:Galadima1.jpg|thumb|Galadima is a hamlet in Abuja, Nigeria]]
+
-
|[[Image:Hiking02.jpg|thumb|Ban Samkha is a rural village in northern Thailand]]
+
-
|- valign="top"
+
-
! [[OLPC Uruguay/Cardal|Cardal]]<br>[[OLPC Uruguay]]
+
-
! [[OLPC Peru/Arahuay|Arahuay]]<br>[[OLPC Peru]]
+
-
! [[Khairat school]]<br>[[OLPC India]]
+
-
|- valign="top"
+
-
|[[Image:Cardal2.JPG|thumb|Villa Cardal is a small town in Uruguay]]
+
-
|[[Image:007_Arahuay_2nd_Photo.JPG|thumb|Arahuay is a small town in Peru]]
+
-
|[[Image:India.JPG|thumb|Khairat is a remote village in Maharashtra, India]]
+
|}
|}
 +
<p style="font-size:smaller;line-height:1em;text-align: right"><cite style="font-style:normal;">—[http://www.gnu.org/education/edu-schools.html Why Schools Should Exclusively Use Free Software], [[w:Richard_Stallman|Richard Stallman]]</cite></p>
 +
</div>
 +
Some articles on constructionism, emergent design, high-quality education and 1:1 experiences:
-
''"Pupils go even beyond what I can teach in the class. It's a very interesting thing to use. I personally have a better idea about teaching... We discovered that giving them time to discover something and to do it in their own way, they feel more happy and they are so excited in using it that, 'Yes, I discovered it! Yes, I can get it!! Yes, I can do this on my own!!!' Teaching is getting more interesting and less stressful."'' — Mr. O., Galadima School, Abuja, Nigeria
+
* [[Media:Emergent Design, David Cavallo.pdf| Emergent Design]], by David Cavallo
 +
* [[Media:Need for high quality education, Part 1.doc| "Need for high quality education", part 1]] and  [[Media:Laptops and High-quality education part 2.doc|part 2]], by David Cavallo
 +
* [[Media:Situating Constructionism.pdf| Situating Constructionism]], by Seymour Papert & Idit Harel
 +
* [[Media:2004-Constructing Knowledge.pdf| Constructing Knowledge and Transforming the World]], by Edith K. Ackermann
 +
* [[Media:UrreaPHD.pdf| One to One Connections: Building a Community Learning Culture]], by [[user:Claudia Urrea|Claudia Urrea]]
 +
* [http://web.media.mit.edu/%7Emres/papers/CC2007-handout.pdf| All I Really Need to Know (About Creative Thinking) I Learned (By Studying How Children Learn) in Kindergarten], by Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Lab
 +
* [[Parent education courses]]
-
A note of context: TRIAL-2 is just now getting started, so most of these links (currently all) are from TRIAL-1.  Which mostly used ''very'' limited (pre-alpha) software, on mainly early, more limited hardware prototypes.  So the answer to why they aren't making greater use of their Journals, and online collaborative capabilities, is they mostly didn't have them yet.
+
see [[OLPC_Research]] for research, papers on numerous OLPC projects across the globe
-
==Vision==
+
In April 2011, the Learning Team also launched "Innovation in Evaluation," you can learn more here: [[Innovation_in_Evaluation]]
-
The XO laptop will bring a world of new ideas, images, and materials to children around the world. It will also provide students and teachers with new ways to collaborate, create, and transform works over time. Our belief in collaboration as a fundamental part of learning underscores our commitment to editable document formats, revision tracking, and careful attribution of authors and sources.
+
-
All of our projects are collaborative, and this wiki is where each of our projects takes shape. If you take a look around, you'll find projects in all stages of completion-- from rough outlines and meeting notes to detailed workplans and polished documents. Feel free to contribute your ideas and expertise to any project that interests you. We're counting on you to make OLPC a success.  
+
== Classroom Resources ==
 +
<div style="clear:right;float:right;width:390px;margin:2em;">
 +
{|
 +
|valign="top" | [[Image:cquote1.svg|20px]]&nbsp; || Kindermann (1993) found children's attitudes and engagement in school (i.e. connectedness to school) were highly predictive of the peer group they selected, and when children moved in an out of well-defined peer groups, each move resulted in the children identifying with the newly chosen group's attitude toward school. Conversely, even when interventions are intended to be helpful and facilitate prosocial behavior and attitudes, when antisocial or delinquent youth are aggregated, their goal of modeling one another's behavior's and attitudes can trump well-intended efforts of adults (Patterson, Dishion, & Yoerger; 2000).<br>Therefore, the attitudes that children bring to school or to an intervention program may lead to birds of a feather flocking together unless the context can be shaped (preferably by peers) to reward children, especially underachieving or delinquent children, for their academic successes and socially skilled (e.g. caring, empathic) behavior.&nbsp;[[Image:cquote2.svg|20px]]
 +
|}
 +
<div style="font-size:smaller;line-height:1em;text-align: right">&mdash;{{cite book
 +
|last = DuBois
 +
|first = David L.
 +
|coauthors = Michael J. Karcher
 +
|title = Handbook of Youth Mentoring
 +
|publisher = SAGE Publications Ltd
 +
|location = Thousand Oaks, California
 +
|year = 2005
 +
|isbn = 0761929770
 +
|url = http://books.google.com/books?id=TtdR-GCYOw4C
 +
}}</div>
 +
</div>
 +
* OLPC Aprendizaje por Proyectos: Mi comunidad & Abuela Ruanda/Project Based Learning in the context of OLPC
 +
**[[Media:ProjectBasedLearninginthecontextofOLPC.doc| both in Spanish & English]]
-
To learn more about our model for content creation, our network of curators, and our plan for school servers that will host (and share) each school's digital library, visit [[Content]]. Otherwise, keep reading to find out how you can join in.
+
* Lesson Plan Ideas from the OLPC Team based in Rwanda
 +
** [[Media:Lesson Plan, Creating a business TO PRINT.doc| Creating a Business, grade 6]] (doc)
 +
** [[Media:Lesson Plan, Decimals 1.docx| Decimals, grade 4]] (doc)
-
==Join In==
+
*Lesson Plan Ideas from Sdenka Salas of Peru
 +
** [[Media:Sdenka_Salas_-_The_XO_Laptop_in_the_Classroom.pdf| XO in the Classroom]] (doc)
-
===What are some interesting things to do first?===
+
*INSTRUCTIVOS, FICHAS Y FASCÍCULOS desde Peru
-
*Read about the OLPC '''[[Learning Vision]]''' to learn more about why we think children in developing countries need laptops and what we think laptops will enable them to do.
+
** [http://www.perueduca.edu.pe/olpc/OLPC_fichasfasc.html| XO in the Classroom]
-
*Visit the OLPC [[Portal:Education|Education Portal]].
+
-
*Read an [http://laptop.org/children/learning/ overview] of our current '''pilot programs''', visit the '''[http://olpc-ceibal.blogspot.com/ OLPC Ceibal blog]''', or read field notes from [[Galadima|Nigeria]] and [[OLPC_Thailand/Ban_Samkha|Thailand]].  
+
-
*Familiarize yourself with our ideas about '''[[content|content and collaboration]]''', and the various [http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/ Creative Commons licenses]. As a rule, we want educational materials produced for and connected with OLPC to be free and open source.
+
-
*Contribute ideas (you can learn about contributing to a wiki ...'''where??''').
+
-
===And then what?===
+
* [[Media:EToys Book.docx|Creating a storybook in Etoys]]
-
Play, learn, explore, exchange-- you can do anything you want! Here are some ideas to help you get started.
+
-
:''Eventually, the following sub-categories should each have their own page...'' --[[User:Lauren|Lauren]] 18:51, 6 July 2007 (EDT)
+
For additional manuals, please see: [[Manuals]]  
-
==== Join the community ====
+
Resources developed by community groups: from [http://www.hellolaptop.org/resources.html Hello Laptop], from [[Plan Ceibal]], from [[OLPC Peru|Peru]].
-
*'''[http://wiki.laptop.org/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&type=signup Create an account]''' on the OLPCWiki!
+
-
*'''Add yourself''', or your organization, to the educator [[Educators/Roll Call|Roll Call]] page.
+
-
*Add an '''[[Template:Educator|educator user box]]''' to your user page.
+
-
*Create an '''[[Educational organization template|educational organization page]]''' for your organization, group, or school.
+
-
*Find a '''[[education projects|project]]''' that excites you.
+
-
==== Contribute content ====
+
=== Recent Learning Team Activities ===
-
*Read about the '''[[content repository]]''' that will reside on the school servers.
+
</noinclude>
-
*Add to the '''[[Educational content ideas|list of ideas]]''' for content that should be included in the repository.
+
{| style="background:#b2effd;"
-
*'''Contribute your content''' directly to OLPC by following [[contributing content|these instructions]].
+
|- valign="top" style="background:#b12cffd;"
 +
| Seminario, July 2012
 +
| Delegates from Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica and Canada met to discuss the status of their projects and explore innovation in evaluation
 +
| [[Seminario_OLPC_July2012]]
-
==== Create activities ====
+
|- valign="top" style="background:white;"
-
*Read the '''[[educational activity guidelines]]''' to learn about the features of the XO that pertain directly to educators.
+
| Scratch@MIT 2012
-
*Explore our '''repository of [[:Category:Learning_Activities|activity outlines and lesson plans]]'''.
+
| A bi-annual meeting of educators using [[Scratch]]. OLPC held a panel on the ways [[Scratch]] is being used on the XO laptop in Colombia, Costa Rica, Rwanda and Uruguay.  
-
*Contribute to our collection of story-based '''[[learning activities]]'''.
+
|
-
*'''Create a new activity,''' either based on one of our [[sample learning activities]] or entirely from scratch.
+
[[http://events.scratch.mit.edu/conference/_ScratchMIT 2012]]
 +
|
 +
|- valign="top" style="background:#b12cffd;"
 +
| Constructing Modern Knowledge
 +
| The OLPC learning team supported and participated in Dr. Gary Stager's annual conference which brings together teachers, administrators and academics for a week of pragmatic learning and constructing in the 21st century.  
 +
| [[http://constructingmodernknowledge.com/cmk08/| CMK]]
 +
|
 +
|- valign="top" style="background:white;"
 +
| PBL World, June 2012
 +
| Dr. Claudia Urrea opened the conference by asking "what's worth learning?"
 +
| [[http://www.edutopia.org/blog/pbl-world-conference-part-two-suzie-boss| Edutopia Article]]
 +
| [[http://www.pblworld.org/| PBL World site]]
 +
|}
-
==Frequently Asked Questions==
+
== How can I get involved? ==
 +
'''[http://wiki.laptop.org/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&type=signup Create an account]''' on the OLPCWiki and [[talk:educators|leave us questions or comments]]!
-
Ask a question and someone will try to answer it.
+
Read about the OLPC '''[[Learning Vision]]''' to learn more about why we think children in developing countries need laptops and what we think laptops will enable them to do.  Familiarize yourself with our ideas about '''[[content|content and collaboration]]''', and the various [http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/ Creative Commons licenses]. As a rule, we want educational materials produced for and connected with OLPC to be free and open source.
-
=== Adults learning computer skills ===
+
* If you or your school want to work with XOs in the classroom (and don't yet have any), see the page for [[Interested schools]].
-
Hello.  Can anyone tell me if these machines are appropriate for adults who want to learn computer skills?  For example, can these laptops run MS Word, MS Excel, etc.????
+
-
:It is not clear what the correlation is between learning computer skills and the availability of MS Word, etc. MS Office apps don't run on Linux, however, there is a word processor on the laptop and the Google apps run on the laptop. --[[User:Walter|Walter]] 21:16, 23 October 2007 (EDT)
+
* Visit our [[participate]], [[contributors program]], and [[projects]] pages, and see if others are working on a project that interests you.   There is also a page specifically for '''[[education projects]]'''.
-
This tool is not for adults and learning computer skills! This machine is design for the children; and with that in mind, an entirely new interface was created. Look into the Journal application to find out more about what this new tool can do '''for children''' all over the world... ''- Alex Maloutas Sat 11/24/07 2:20pm
+
* Visit our sister organization, [http://www.sugarlabs.org '''Sugar Labs'''], and join their [http://wiki.sugarlabs.org wiki].
-
''
+
-
=== Standalone operation? ===
+
* '''Add yourself''', or your organization, to the educator [[Educators/Roll Call|Roll Call]] page.
-
Question: I heard that you can give one and get one for $400. What I would like to know is if this laptop will work standalone without being connected to a school server. Can my kid browse the web where there is a free Wi-Fi hotspot? What about educational software - do they run standalone ?
+
* Add an '''[[Template:Educator|educator user box]]''' to your user page, which will add you to [[:Category:Educators]].
-
:Yes. Yes. Plus, if there are multiple laptops in an area, they can "share" without the need to be connected to either a school server or the internet. --[[User:Walter|Walter]] 11:10, 30 October 2007 (EDT)
+
* Create an '''[[Educational organization template|educational organization page]]''' for your organization, group, or school.
-
=== Mix OLPC and Laptops? ===
+
'''Contribute content'''
 +
* Read about the '''[[content repository]]''' that will reside on the school servers.
 +
* Add to the '''[[Educational content ideas|list of ideas]]''' for content that should be included in the repository.
 +
* '''Contribute your content''' directly to OLPC by following [[contributing content|these instructions]] and writing to <tt>content</tt>@<tt>laptop.org</tt>.
-
Question: I bought an OLPC under the Give One Get One program to pilot at a school.  Is it possible to mix an OLPC machine and a Linux machine in an non-emulation mode and create a mesh?
+
'''Create activities and collections'''
-
* Creating a mesh network relies on special wireless hardware and software that is currently available only on the XOs. However, since the XOs really are special Linux laptops, you can definitely share activities between the XOs and another laptop running the same software so long as you are both connected to the same Jabber server.
+
* Read the '''[[educational activity guidelines]]''' to learn about the features of the XO that pertain directly to educators.
 +
* Explore our '''repository of [[:Category:Learning_Activities|activity outlines and lesson plans]]'''.
 +
* Contribute to our collection of story-based '''[[learning activities]]'''.
 +
* '''Create a new activity,''' either based on one of our [[sample learning activities]] or entirely from scratch.
 +
* Upload your activity or collection to the Sugar Labs [http://activities.sugarlabs.org activities database].
-
==Comments and Discussion==
+
== School stories and case studies ==  
-
[[Regarding the Laptop Revolution]]
+
-
Please leave comments on the Educators '''[[Talk:Educators|talk page]].'''
 
 +
{| border="0"
 +
|-
 +
! [[OLPC Brazil/Porto Alegre|Porto Alegre]]<br>[[OLPC Brazil]]
 +
! [[OLPC Nigeria/Galadima|Galadima]]<br>[[OLPC Nigeria]]
 +
! [[OLPC Thailand/Ban_Samkha/trial-200705|Ban Samkha]]<br>[[OLPC Thailand/Ban_Samkha/trial-200705|OLPC Thailand]]
 +
|- valign="top"
 +
|[[Image:Porto_alegre.jpg|thumb|Porto Alegre is the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil]]
 +
|[[Image:Galadima1.jpg|thumb|Galadima is a hamlet in Abuja, Nigeria]]
 +
|[[Image:Hiking02.jpg|thumb|Ban Samkha is a rural village in northern Thailand]]
 +
|- valign="top"
 +
! [[OLPC Uruguay/Cardal|Cardal]]<br>[[OLPC Uruguay]]
 +
! [[OLPC Peru/Arahuay|Arahuay]]<br>[[OLPC Peru]]
 +
! [[Khairat school]]<br>[[OLPC India]]
 +
|- valign="top"
 +
|[[Image:Cardal2.JPG|thumb|Villa Cardal is a small town in Uruguay]]
 +
|[[Image:007_Arahuay_2nd_Photo.JPG|thumb|Arahuay is a small town in Peru]]
 +
|[[Image:India.JPG|thumb|Khairat is a remote village in Maharashtra, India]]
 +
|}
-
 
+
== Comments ==
-
[[Category:Content]]
+
''"Pupils go even beyond what I can teach in the class. It's a very interesting thing to use. I personally have a better idea about teaching... We discovered that giving them time to discover something and to do it in their own way, they feel more happy and they are so excited in using it that, 'Yes, I discovered it! Yes, I can get it!! Yes, I can do this on my own!!!' Teaching is getting more interesting and less stressful."'' — Mr. O., Galadima School, Abuja, Nigeria
-
[[Category:Educators]]
+
-
[[Category:Education]]
+
-
[[Category:Pedagogical ideas]]
+

Current revision as of 00:30, 24 July 2013

  This page is monitored by the OLPC team.
  english | español | italian | 日本語 | 한글 | português | русский | 中文(简体) HowTo [ID# 289381]  +/-  

Contents

One Laptop per Child is an education project, not a laptop project. With connected laptops, learners are liberated to actively engage with others with similar interests in cultures of learning by doing without being limited by time or space. Children can learn by teaching, actively assisting other learners and freeing the teacher to focus her experience and expertise where most needed. (see also: education philosophy).

Educators have long recognized that children learn best when they are active, when they pursue their own interests, and when they participate in cultures of knowledge and engagement. However, until now it has been logistically impossible, except for the elites, to create such learning environments. With 1-to-1 access to connected laptops, children actively engage in knowledge construction and are not limited to passive reception of information. Each child can pursue learning in areas of strong personal interest and the classroom is not limited to a pre-determined, one-size-fits-all approach. With connected laptops, learners are liberated to actively engage with others with similar interests in cultures of learning by doing without being limited by time or space. In this way children can learn by teaching, actively assisting other learners and thereby liberating the teacher to focus her experience and expertise where most needed. Computers also facilitate appropriation of knowledge in domains difficult to comprehend with other static, non-connected materials. Domains that involve dynamics, complexity, high levels of abstraction, micro or macro size, and more become appropriable by children through expressive uses of computers. Teachers benefit as well as not only do they get to use the laptops at home for their own learning, but the connected laptop becomes a conduit for customized professional development enabling the teachers to gain access to expertise and colleagues, to pose and respond to practical questions. Moreover, with mobile, connected laptops the walls of the classroom open and the entire community becomes the classroom and virtually the whole world enters on demand. The children carry the classrooms and teachers of the world with them through the community and into their homes. Children can participate in the study of global issues while simultaneously using local context for understanding. They can fully participate as producers of knowledge and not just as consumers of materials produced by others. Connected laptops also provide a means for new models of growth. Rather than needing to rely on a centralized, standardized reform, we can develop high-quality, localized models of improved practice, and utilize the network and rich media to create mechanisms for spread. A foundation is thus created for three distinct, but overlapping, phases: enabling powerful learning in and out of school; the positive change to specific school practices; and the transformation of schools from funnels of received information to engines of knowledge construction and appropriation.

Laptops are the pencils for the digital age. The sooner we can provide high quality learning environments for all, the better and more cohesive our societies will become.
 

The OLPC Learning Team, led by Dr. Claudia Urrea and Dr. Antonio Battro, are currently working in Colombia, Rwanda and the US respectively and provide support to countries, teams, community and children engaged in the project. The team recently released OLPC Fundamental Ideas on Learning

Each Wednesday, 2pm GMT, learning representatives and other educational stakeholders from OLPC countries, led by Dr. Urrea, meet to discuss on relevant issues, updates from programs or for a presentation/discussion from a guest speaker. The chat is in Spanish, but can be translated. For a log of all chats, please see: Spanish_Chat

Background for educators

  The most fundamental job of schools is to teach good citizenship, which includes the habit of helping others. 

Why Schools Should Exclusively Use Free Software, Richard Stallman

Some articles on constructionism, emergent design, high-quality education and 1:1 experiences:

see OLPC_Research for research, papers on numerous OLPC projects across the globe

In April 2011, the Learning Team also launched "Innovation in Evaluation," you can learn more here: Innovation_in_Evaluation

Classroom Resources

  Kindermann (1993) found children's attitudes and engagement in school (i.e. connectedness to school) were highly predictive of the peer group they selected, and when children moved in an out of well-defined peer groups, each move resulted in the children identifying with the newly chosen group's attitude toward school. Conversely, even when interventions are intended to be helpful and facilitate prosocial behavior and attitudes, when antisocial or delinquent youth are aggregated, their goal of modeling one another's behavior's and attitudes can trump well-intended efforts of adults (Patterson, Dishion, & Yoerger; 2000).
Therefore, the attitudes that children bring to school or to an intervention program may lead to birds of a feather flocking together unless the context can be shaped (preferably by peers) to reward children, especially underachieving or delinquent children, for their academic successes and socially skilled (e.g. caring, empathic) behavior. 
DuBois, David L.; Michael J. Karcher (2005). Handbook of Youth Mentoring. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications Ltd. ISBN 0761929770. http://books.google.com/books?id=TtdR-GCYOw4C. 
  • OLPC Aprendizaje por Proyectos: Mi comunidad & Abuela Ruanda/Project Based Learning in the context of OLPC

For additional manuals, please see: Manuals

Resources developed by community groups: from Hello Laptop, from Plan Ceibal, from Peru.

Recent Learning Team Activities

Seminario, July 2012 Delegates from Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica and Canada met to discuss the status of their projects and explore innovation in evaluation Seminario_OLPC_July2012
Scratch@MIT 2012 A bi-annual meeting of educators using Scratch. OLPC held a panel on the ways Scratch is being used on the XO laptop in Colombia, Costa Rica, Rwanda and Uruguay.

[2012]

Constructing Modern Knowledge The OLPC learning team supported and participated in Dr. Gary Stager's annual conference which brings together teachers, administrators and academics for a week of pragmatic learning and constructing in the 21st century. [CMK]
PBL World, June 2012 Dr. Claudia Urrea opened the conference by asking "what's worth learning?" [Edutopia Article] [PBL World site]

How can I get involved?

Create an account on the OLPCWiki and leave us questions or comments!

Read about the OLPC Learning Vision to learn more about why we think children in developing countries need laptops and what we think laptops will enable them to do. Familiarize yourself with our ideas about content and collaboration, and the various Creative Commons licenses. As a rule, we want educational materials produced for and connected with OLPC to be free and open source.

  • If you or your school want to work with XOs in the classroom (and don't yet have any), see the page for Interested schools.
  • Add yourself, or your organization, to the educator Roll Call page.

Contribute content

  • Read about the content repository that will reside on the school servers.
  • Add to the list of ideas for content that should be included in the repository.
  • Contribute your content directly to OLPC by following these instructions and writing to content@laptop.org.

Create activities and collections

School stories and case studies

Porto Alegre
OLPC Brazil
Galadima
OLPC Nigeria
Ban Samkha
OLPC Thailand
Porto Alegre is the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Galadima is a hamlet in Abuja, Nigeria
File:Hiking02.jpg
Ban Samkha is a rural village in northern Thailand
Cardal
OLPC Uruguay
Arahuay
OLPC Peru
Khairat school
OLPC India
Villa Cardal is a small town in Uruguay
Arahuay is a small town in Peru
Khairat is a remote village in Maharashtra, India

Comments

"Pupils go even beyond what I can teach in the class. It's a very interesting thing to use. I personally have a better idea about teaching... We discovered that giving them time to discover something and to do it in their own way, they feel more happy and they are so excited in using it that, 'Yes, I discovered it! Yes, I can get it!! Yes, I can do this on my own!!!' Teaching is getting more interesting and less stressful." — Mr. O., Galadima School, Abuja, Nigeria

Personal tools
  • Log in
  • Login with OpenID
About OLPC
About the laptop
About the tablet
Projects
OLPC wiki
Toolbox