What research departments studying the sense and non-sense of ICT in education say about OLPC

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  1. There are methodologies to measure the impact of ICT in education.
  2. To see what deployments had an evaluation, click the evaluation page category at the bottom of the page.
  3. OECD PISA: The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. To date, students representing more than 70 economies have participated in the assessment. Discover the lastest set of results from the 2012 data collection (PISA 2012) focusing on mathematics. Around 510,000 students in 65 economies took part in PISA 2012 representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally. More than 70 economies have signed up to take part in the test in 2015 which will focus on science. http://www.oecd.org/pisa/aboutpisa/
  4. It appears these methodologies are good measuring the impact of ICT in education in developed countries, but not so much in measuring the impact of ICT in developing countries. Example: the methodologies don't measure if e.g. the implementation of the XO-XS results in more or less kids attending school, dropping out of school, teacher motivation, self-confidence, self-esteem, respect, contribution to finishing the school system, etc.
  5. MIT Media Lab - Prof. Nicholas NEGROPONTE: “We dropped off tablets with no instructions and let the children figure it out,” he says. “They were using 50 apps in five days. They were singing the alphabet songs in two weeks. And they’d hacked Android within 6 months.” as per http://blog.ted.com/2014/03/17/back-to-techs-future-nicholas-negroponte-at-ted2014/
  6. The effort led Negroponte to an experiment in Ethiopia, one which resembles TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra’s “hole in the wall". (see http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud ) Like Mitra, Negroponte wondered: “Can learning happen where there are no schools?”