As the Director of Learning at OLPC Association, Claudia Urrea is in charge of designing, developing, and implementing a learning vision for the region. She also collaborates with all One Laptop per Child (OLPC) learning teams and local coordinators in countries around the world to provide a solid learning development program. Claudia Urrea was born in Colombia, where she received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EAFIT University. In the mid 90s, she moved to the US, where she received her Master's degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University, and her doctorate degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. Her PhD thesis studied the implications of one to one learning in a rural setting in Latinoamerica. She helps empower and support schools and communities of learners to evolve from traditional teaching methods and material into progressive learning environments using state of the art technologies developed at MIT-Media Lab.
Claudia holds a visiting research position with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and teaches an Anthropology class at the Harvard Summer Program. She has consulted with ministries of education (Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Haiti) and organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, and SEED-Schlumberger to rethink learning.
Claudia has created a number of resources for OLPC/Sugar deployments. She has also helped compiled resources and materials in Spanish. She facilitates a weekly chat with Spanish speaking teams. A summary of the discussions is available in the Spanish Chat wiki page, and Español / Spanish forum at forum.laptop.org.