This week we managed to attract one of the most respected educators in Nepal to our project. Christine Stone has worked in the education field in Nepal for over twenty-five years. She has taught primary school, written Nepali textbooks, and now primarily trains teachers in the rural areas of Nepal. Here is a great article in the Nepali Times about her.
Christine focuses on child-centered learning and until recently all her learning activities were done on paper. When we showed her the XO, she immediately saw its potential. She was especially excited about the opportunities for math and science education. She loves Gcompris, TamTam, and eToys. We are very excited that she has agreed to lead our education team.
We intend to work with her develop a set of learning activities, a teacher-training program, and work with her network of teachers and kids to test our activities.
Christine has written literally hundreds of different paper-based learning activities. After reading about the GameJam this weekend at Olin College, I would love to see future GameJams focus on adapting learning activities like Christine's to Sugar. Gamejam participants likely could not implement her Nepali language activities but they could easily implement her English as a Second Language and maths activities.
Ankur, Himali Kiran, and Shankar will soon start collaborating with her on Activity Development. Meredith is also looking forward to work with her.
In other news -- Presentation Slides
I am excited to see the great # of sets of presentation slides on the wiki http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Laptop_demonstrations. There are some great presentations up there from Mike Fletcher, Rafael Ortiz of OLPC Colombia, and Ian Bicking.
Ankur, Shankar, and I have probably spent over 30 hours developing our presentation slides. We would have much rather spent that time on developing activities. The presentations on the wiki will help folks around the world promote OLPC without having to spend a big chunk of time formatting pictures and checking their grammar.
We still need presentations on the following subjects. Some of the subjects are not yet mature in OLPC.
- For software Developers -- How to build an activity
- Power Mechanisms for OLPC
- Introduction to Constructivism
- Role of the teacher in OLPC
- Teaching art and the XO
- How to create content for OLPC and how not to