Autor Tópico: OLPC (One Laptop Per Child)) é um sucesso numa aldeiazinha no Perú  (Lida 239 vezes)

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A.S.: Coloquei aqui este artigo, pois não acho que fique bem no off-topic, apesar de achar que poderia encaixar-se no "Jogos e Informática". Mas após ler um pouco sobre o mesmo, verifico que o impacto cultural é demasiado evidente e lendo o tópico com atenção percebe-se que houve um impacto positivo na maneira como estas crianças aprendem a estar no mundo e como interagem com o mesmo.

OLPC a Hit in Remote Peruvian Village

"The Chicago Tribune is running a feel-good story about the effects of OLPC on a remote village in Peru. 'Doubts about whether poor, rural children really can benefit from quirky little computers evaporate as quickly as the morning dew in this hilltop Andean village, where 50 primary school children got machines from the One Laptop Per Child project six months ago. At breakfast, they're already powering up the combination library/videocam/audio recorder/music maker/drawing kits. At night, they're dozing off in front of them — if they've managed to keep older siblings from waylaying the coveted machines. Peru made the single biggest order to date — more than 272,000 machines — in its quest to turn around a primary education system that the World Economic Forum recently ranked last among 131 countries surveyed.'"

Deixo aqui o relatório preliminar sobre este projecto, do Jim Gettys:

Carla Gomez's trip report had prepared me intellectually for what I would find when I visited in mid-October, but nothing can really convey the emotional impact. Here are some of the notes I took talking with the teachers. This was about 4-5 months after the trial started, using our B2 systems which were much slower and much inferior software. Sometime, maybe I'll have a few minutes to blog about it.

Impact on students and teachers in Arahuay

I took as complete notes as I could talking with each of the teachers in turn (unfortunately, I forgot to get their names); translation slowed things enough that I believe the notes are pretty complete, though it may have also introduced errors. They echo Carla's excellent report, but are now months later:

Two children have come to the Arahuay school specifically because of the laptops who would not have previously attended.

The children are sharing much more: they take pictures and videos and share them.

The children are teachers too.

The teachers see much improved conduct. One child (who often arrives hungry) who has been sad and aggressive now loves to work on the OLPC. He is working more with other children and his behavior has improved.

One of the children has vision problems; is cross eyed and has one damaged eye (Carla will remember the child, I'm sure). Using the laptop has improved the child's ability to focus her eyes and work.

Another teacher noted that small children, ages 6-7, are learning much faster. The web browser is the most popular/important activity, followed by the camera.

The activities they use most are the browser, paint, calculator, write.

The children use the internet to find information of interest.

One child, who is from Lima, has learned much in Arahuay and is very happy about the OLPC.

Another teacher said the children have changed: they have more concentration, mental ability.

The children's concept reception is much better than before. Despite the use of US keyboards (all we had at the time), the children have had little problem adapting, and have figured out all they keys.

A third teacher said the internet is the most interesting.

The children are showing more abilities, are more creative, their behavior is better.

The children were selfish about the computers at first, but now share and discover with them, showing the teachers and other students what they have discovered.

Children who had previously been interested in power (bully?) have forgotten power and are sharing.

The children are showing better attention and organization.

Students are learning about the world, and now feel part of it. They are now interested in learning other languages, which they had not wanted to do before. Creating a web site on Arahuay has made them feel part of the world. Impact on the teachers:

They have started to research topics on the internet and have practiced to use the computer.

The teachers have more ways to plan and improve the class.

Another teacher said the computer was wonderful for her. Information on the internet had improved both her and the children.

Their jobs are easier now.

One of the teachers asked for mind-mapper software, which they have used. We should install freemind on the servers and explore how feasible it is for packaging as an activity (it is Java based).

But the high point was the eight year old girl who came up to me shyly and gave me a kiss....

BTW, if anyone speaks Quechua or Aymara (or other languages), please help at:

Please come help!

- Jim Gettys, OLPC
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