[OLPC library] Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn on HB5000

Kevin Crews kcrews at imsa.edu
Tue Apr 8 19:48:47 EDT 2008

Hello all;

My name is Kevin, I am one of the chairs of the IMSA chapter [[IMSA]], but I
am also in a unique political situation.

My uncle is jack Franks, the chief co-sponsor of this bill in the Illinois
House.  I would love to arrange something with him and others to further not
only their support of the bill but also of the OLPC project.  Let me know
what I can do,


On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 5:49 PM, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com> wrote:

> I talked with Ryan Croke of Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn's
> office today. They are keen on this project, and would like to arrange
> for us to assist in getting the program designed for the best possible
> outcome. HB5000 is moving rapidly through the House, and will then go
> to the Senate, which is likely to turn it over to the Education
> Committee for public hearings. We should organize to bring our XOs and
> our children to Springfield for the hearings.
> Among the questions:
> Schools will be allowed to choose from among the available laptops.
> The program should capture the differences in outcomes between schools
> using different hardware and software, using appropriate measures LG
> Quinn's office agrees. Nicholas Negroponte is strongly opposed to
> "bake-offs", but the world doesn't work the way he wants.
> We need to work with the legislature, the Education authority, and
> with schools on appropriate integration of laptops into curricula, and
> provide at least draft versions of electronic textbooks on all
> requested subjects. Much of what we want to do has yet to be designed.
> In fact, the software that we want to build the textbooks on has in
> some major cases yet to be designed. How much can we promise for the
> start of the next school year in September? That depends very strongly
> on who steps up to do it.
> It is very important in pilot projects to do good experimental design
> before hand so that the results contain usable information, not merely
> data. We need to talk to people who know something about these issues,
> who also understand what we are trying to measure.
> What training can be put together for the summer before? We need to
> demonstrate the meaning and value of learning by doing through
> collaborative discovery, aka Constructionism. Then we need to provide
> the toolkit for teachers to apply it, and provide feedback mechanisms
> so that their experience and insights steadily improve the process.
> This program requires dedicated resources, and management, on our side
> and several others. That means that we need to look for funding.
> Anybody know a good grant writer?
> No Child Left Behind creates perverse incentives that can interfere
> with the program. Can we get waivers from the Federal Government for
> the trials?
> --
> Edward Cherlin
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