[olpc-help] Update on XOs in Uruguay
Greg Smith (gregmsmi)
gregmsmi at cisco.com
Fri Mar 28 16:22:52 EDT 2008
I had a call in February with Pablo a lead on the XO deployment in
Uruguay. Here are some impressions and lessons learned from their
The main point is that the kids like to blog!
We really need to hear from them too!
They need some help making blogging easier. See below for ways to help
make that happen.
The XO roll out started in May in Villa Cardal with 150 children. Phase
2 is underway now. Targets for deployment are 150K XOs in 2008 and 300K
in the field by the end of 2009.
It went better than expected for the first 150 children and 6 teachers.
Children used the XO much more when the teacher was motivated. Classes
with younger children used it less than older children.
Teachers had the choice about when they wanted to use the laptop.
The only directives were:
- The teacher chooses the moment the laptops are used. However, they are
encouraged to use them.
- The laptops are used as a tool. They don't substitute books and
notepads, and the curriculum doesn't change.
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