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Friday, April 13, 2012

OLPC - the latest headline victim



I can only hope that many will read beyond the above headline of this article that is currently doing the rounds.


If you do you will find that the outcomes of the OLPC was not about raising 'achievement' in relation to standardised test scores but to instead:


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.


In fact during the 'testing' it was found that the children's cognitive abilities had increased. 


Then, of course, a right hook to Sugata Mitra and Minimally Invasive Education (MIE).  But no mention of SOLES (self organised learning environments) an essential feature of the MIE pedagogy.


The article then goes on to say at the very end:


But is that failure?  It doesn't feel like pointing to standardized test scores in math and language is the right measure at all to gauge this.  It goes against the core of the OLPC mission.


So great!  Cheers for that.  That's just awesome.



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