Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Comments On Educating Children

This comment was in response to the criticism of the layout of the One Laptop Per Child prototype. I agree that we need to stop training and start educating kids!

"In fact, one of the saddest but most common conditions in elementary school computer labs (when they exist in the developing world), is the children are being trained to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint," Negroponte wrote in an e-mail interview. "I consider that criminal, because children should be making things, communicating, exploring, sharing, not running office automation tools."

Read the entire article at Low-Cost Laptop Could Transform Learning


At 5:10 AM, Anonymous Brian said...

You are wuite right. Using excel and word is just using computers to do stuff that we used to do on paper. The exciting stuff is the stuff that we should be treachbing them. The local authority in which I work is trying to change things and introduce pupils to web 2.0 applications. This should stimulate the pupils into pushing these applications to their limits and coming up with new ideas of how to do things. The pupils all use social sofware in their private lives and should have access to it in thier school lives. Often a lot of it is banned, we in Eas Lothian are trying to show that web 2.0 and social software can really enhance the learning and teaching experience.


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