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Important note : The project has been postponed to February 2010

The team

Kaçandre Bourdelais is a Master's student in educational technology at Laval University, Canada. As part of a course taught at the École Normale Supérieure de Libreville (ÉNS), he contributed to the development of a pedagogical guide for the use of the XO laptop.

Justine Gilbert is an undergraduate student from the Business administration Faculty at Laval University. She also studied Primary Education. She will be responsible of the project coordination.

Doudou Camara is a Ph.D. candidate in educational technology at Laval University. He holds a Master's degree in data processing. He has been teaching computer science for more than ten years. He has an extensive background in the technical aspects of computer networking design.

Brigitte Mavoungou is a Master's student in the Laval University education program offered at ÉNS in Libreville. She is a teaching adviser in Social Studies for secondary schools in Gabon. She also contributed to the development of the pedagogical guide for the use of the XO. It is very important for our team to include a female perspective, since among the 24 teachers at ENS-B primary school 22 are women.

Monéyi Nko Adrien Joseph is a Master's student in the Laval University education program offered at ÉNS in Libreville. He also contributed to the development of the pedagogical guide for the use of the XO. He will be involved in the project follow-up team in October 2009.

Team member Major Role University University Level City, Country Native Language Second Language Third Language
Kaçandre Bourdelais Educational Technology Pedagogical Lead & Technical Lead Laval University Graduate student 2nd year of a Master degree Quebec, Canada French English - Proficient Spanish - Beginner
Justine Gilbert Business administration Project Lead Laval University Undergraduate student Business Administration Quebec, Canada French English - Advanced level Spanish - Beginner
Doudou Camara Computer Sciences & Educational Technology Technical Lead Laval University PHD degree candidate Quebec, Canada Wolof French - Fluent English - Proficient
Brigitte Mavoungou Education Sciences Pedagogical Lead & Community Lead Teacher Training College of Libreville & Laval University Graduate student 1st year of a Master degree Libreville, Gabon French - -
Monéyi Nko Adrien Joseph Education Sciences Pedagogical Lead & Community Lead Teacher Training College of Libreville & Laval University Graduate student 1st year of a Master degree Libreville, Gabon French English - Beginner -

The project and its potential impact: children and the community

ENS-B public primary school

This project builds on work undertaken in Gabon in fall 2008. Within the framework of an educational community project involving the principal, parents and teachers, it focuses on initiating the integration of the XO in the elementary public school of the École Normale Supérieure (ÉNS-B).

One hundred children in the later stages of their elementary education are at the heart of the project. Through the use of the XO they will have access to a variety of information sources. But beyond the use of the XO as a digital book, we will foster its pedagogical application through learners' interactions central to their appropriation and construction of knowledge (both formal and informal), in particular through and the completion of culture-related projects, so that children play a very active role in the educational situation. Indeed, when this is the case, the school activities become meaningful for the children. The goal is the creation of an authentic collaborative context with an open perspective on the social environment. Also, in keeping with the school mandate and the children's will to succeed, XO integration must take account of the mandatory curriculum. In doing so, a large share of the activities will be developed with the students' ownership of concepts in mind, in preparation for the final exams. However, from a more constructionist perspective, they will be asked to carry out team projects of their choice related to problems affecting their community.

The project team, supported by ÉNS and FSÉ faculty members, will work in concert with teachers to help them plan and implement these instructional activities. Special attention will be paid to help the community buy into the project. For instance, evening activities will be organized so both children and their parents can familiarize themselves with the use of the XO. Children then become real agents of change in the community. In short, the aim is:

•to introduce one hundred children to the use of the XO;

•to help three or four teachers familiarize themselves with the use of the XO in the classroom;

•to help the community buy into the project; and

•to ensure project sustainability.

Location

Students' availability

Exceptionally, students will be available in June, July and early August due to the three-month Gabonese teachers' strike during the school year. Arrangements have been made so that two school hours will initially be devoted to familiarization with the technical use of the XO on a daily basis. Following that, the XO will be used in the classroom context, with an hour set aside every day for optional activities or small-scale projects. Teachers will be assisted by a project team member in both cases.

Local partners

The ÉNS and the Faculty of Education of Laval University have been collaborating for the last ten years. They are currently working on the implementation of a Master's degree in education within the framework of an institutional project(p.14). In this context, professors Thérèse Laferrière and Robert Angoue, as well as Kaçandre Bourdelais, have taught an educational technology course aimed at training resource teachers and developing a pedagogical guide for the use of the XO. The ÉNS is committed to pursuing the integration process. Moreover, the Faculty of Education and the ÉNS will soon submit a grant request for the extension of the scope of the project to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Here's the supporting letter from the principal of the primary school.

Here's the supporting letter from the Dean of the Faculty of Education of Laval University.

Here's the supporting letter from the Director General of the Teacher Training College of Libreville.

Financing

Aside from the requested contribution of $10,000, financing of the project will be arranged through the participation of the following organizations as per the enclosed budget: ÉNS, Faculty of Education and the Office of International Cooperation (Laval University). We will also raise funds throught funds raising events and with the partcipation of various organizations on Laval University campus.

• The Faculty of Education and the Office of International Cooperation will give to each of their students a 1 500$ grant.

• The ÉNS of Libreville will pay the rent (about 2 000$) of the two students from Canada.

Description of expenditure Cost Financing
Airfares for two persons Quebec-Kigali-Libreville 2 X 3671.41 $ = 7342.82$ OLPCorps
Visas 2 X 100$ Laval University
Travel insurance 2 X 322,45$ = 644,90 $ Laval University
Immunizations - Already administered to both members during past cooperation projects.
Two nights at the hotel for two persons during a stopover in Paris 4 X 100 $ = 400$ Laval University
Lodging in Libreville 2 000 $ ENS-Libreville
Per diem (food, local transport, cell phone) for two persons 2 X 1 220$ = 2 400$ Laval University
Installation, Internet connectivity for the primary school, facilities, some electrical repairs, security (a secured room for the school server) . Estimated = 3 000$ OLPCoprs
Grand Total (USD): 16 027.70 $

Note that required equipment like projectors and camcorders will be provided by the ÉNS.

Continuum

The credibility and the feasibility of our project is related to the fact that it is, in part, embedded within the institutional cooperation that was intitated in 1999 (p.14) between l’École Normale Supérieure de Libreville (ÉNS) and the Faculty of Education of Laval University (FSÉ). Therefore, the expertise within these two institution will support us in our efforts to implement 100 XOs in the primary school of application (ÉNS-B) which is adjacent to the campus of the ÉNS. You can read the Laval University blog dedicated to their OLPC related projects or the portal FranXOphonie linking french projects.


Libreville 2008, a student teaching to her teacher how to use the Chat Activity

Ou intention to implement XOs in that particular school is not a decision that comes out of the blue. Indeed during the month of may 2008 we were asked by the director of the ÉNS to conduct a trial with a small group of seven children and one teacher, after the institution had acquired 10 XOs through the OLPC’s Give one Get one program. This trial was led by two professors of that institution (Robert Angoue and Odette Ntsame) with the help Kaçandre Bourdelais (assistant). It enabled us to document some of the difficulties that the children experienced in their initiation in the use of the XO, but also the promises offered by the XO for this small community of learners as far as knowledge building is concerned. The results of that trial can be consulted here. One of the very stimulating effect that occured during this trial is the transformation of the relation between the children and the teacher. He accepted happily that the children could help him learn something and the smile on is face is an indication that he was not threatened by such a transformation of the usual, rather dogmatic, relation he holds with the children. Changing the context of learning also changed the relations between the different actors.


The second activity on the ÉNS campus was realised in an educational technology course, within the broader context of the master degree in education that the FSÉ (Laval) and the ÉNS are jointly elaborating in the field and not at the drawing table. The activity was conducted by professor Thérèse Laferrière (Laval), professor Rober Angoue and Kaçandre Bourdelais (assistant). It consisted in creating a community of practice dedicated to the production of a pedagogical guide for the use of the XO in the context of a primary school. The students using the XO cooperated in this collective production of a pedagogical document, while experiencing for themselves what it means to learn though their interaction with classmates. Here’s the pedagogical guide. As one can see the three institutions have been collaborating for a certain time and are willing to go on with the project which is an extension of the activites that were inititiated during the last year.


Our international networked team and partners

Members Location Occupation Role
Dr. Thérèse Laferrière Laval University, Quebec City, Canada Full professor at Laval University and an associated researcher for CEFRIO. Adviser on ICT integration in educational contexts and on project management.
Eugénie Eyeang Libreville, Gabon Director General of the ÉNS-Libreville (Teacher Training College of Libreville) Adviser on institutional relations and on project management.
Dr. Robert Angoue Ndoutoume ÉNS, Libreville, Gabon Full professor in educational psychology and supervisor of the elaboration of the pedagogical guide for the use of the XO laptop in gabonese primary school. Adviser on childhood education and on the use of the XO in relation with the official curriculum.
Dr. Jacques Désautels Laval University, Canada Full professor and coordinator of the Office of International Cooperation at the FSÉ. Adviser on institutional relations and on project management.
René Casimir Zoo Eyindanga Libreville, Gabon Director of Research and Training of the ÉNS-Libreville (Teacher Training College of Libreville) Adviser on institutional relations and on project management.
Hilaire Bibang-Assoumou M.A. Laval University, Canada Graduate Ph. D. student writing a thesis : Sociotechnic design supporting professional collaboration : stakes and challenges of the ICT integration and the production of local teaching contents in Gabon. Adviser on the use of the XO in relation with the official curriculum.
Master’s degree students who participated in the development of a pedagogical guide. ÉNS, Libreville, Gabon Contributed to the development of a pedagogical guide for the use of the XO laptop in gabonese primary school. Advisers on the use of the XO in relation with the official curriculum.
OLPC France Paris, France Promotion of the OLPC project in the general public, media, institutions, associations or organizations NGOs. Development of french educational content. We will communicate with their team in Antitourne, Madagascar. The OLPC France network will support us with documentations and their expertise.
CEFRIO Quebec City, Canada CEFRIO (French Center for computerization of organizations) is a center of transfer which includes more than 160 members, universities, industry and government as well as 60 research associates and guests working in the service of social and organizational innovation. Provide communication facilities and remote servers for the Quebec City networked team.
Department of Computer Science College Limoilou Quebec City, Canada Computer science department where Doudou Camara teaches. Provides remote technical support.
Jonathan Rabbe Grasse, France IT Trainee in the TACT research team in Laval University Currently working on the XS School Server, the documentation of all Sugar and XO technical consideration for a deployment.
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