[OLPC library] Lesson plans needed (was Re: Release 8.2.0 -- add critical features (Greg Smith))
bryan.berry at gmail.com
Sun Jul 6 23:47:04 EDT 2008
MaMaMedia has done an excellent job of integrating lesson plans into
their learning activities, something other activity authors should
From: Idit Caperton <idit at worldwideworkshop.org>
To: 'Edward Cherlin' <echerlin at gmail.com>, 'Bryan Berry'
<bryan.berry at gmail.com>
Cc: 'OLPC Library list' <library at lists.laptop.org>,
its.an.education.project at tema.lo-res.org, 'Alan Kay'
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Subject: RE: [OLPC library] Lesson plans needed (was Re: Release 8.2.0
-- add critical features (Greg Smith))
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 14:47:12 -0400
For an example, please check out on OLPC wiki in the Activities area the
model we've built last year with the MaMaMedia Creative Learning Activities
Starter-Kit - we developed a demo model for integrating lesson plans in
multiple language and inspired the initiative to start the educators site on
the OLPC wiki.
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Subject: [OLPC library] Lesson plans needed (was Re: Release 8.2.0 -- pls
add critical features (Greg Smith))
On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 6:35 AM, Bryan Berry <bryan.berry at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greg wrote:
>>Thanks for keeping us apprised of your needs!
> My pleasure.
> We had two evaluators spend a week at both of our pilot schools and the
> consistent feedback they came back w/ was
> 1) The teachers want lesson plans integrated w/ the activities
Writing lesson plans needs to be a whole program in itself, integrated
with rethinking textbooks to make use of the available software and to
implement Constructionism, or possibly just creating textbooks within
available software. This is Alan Kay's domain, among others. I haven't
heard of anybody seriously taking up this vital part of the program,
and I haven't even gotten answers to my queries about previous work in
this vein. We need to involve the entire education establishment
(those that are willing, anyway) including Schools of Education, the
Free Software community, teachers' organizations, Ministries of
Education, and SMEs (Subject Matter Experts). A research consortium. I
don't see any reason why we couldn't get it funded at a fairly high
level as soon as we can demonstrate what we are talking about.
Just as one example, the Measure activity can play a central role in
teaching sciences, health, and music (frequency analysis). I can give
hundreds of similar examples covering every school subject on fairly
short notice. (Yes, _every_ subject including History and PE.)
> 2) The parents don't see the learning activities as anything more than
Has anybody taught any of the programming language tutorials to the
> This was constructive feedback they gave us. I am happy to report that
> the kids, teachers, and parents were overwhelmingly positive about this
> We need a way to seamlessly integrate supporting materials such as
> readings, lesson plans, together with activities. HTML is the way to do
> this and the browser is what we use to display html. URI's are what we
> use to link to different resources.
> We may end up hacking Browse esp. to allow this because of the immense
> We need to make it dead simple for teachers to use activities like
> EToys, E-Paath, Measure in the classroom. The easiest way to do this is
> to make the transition from lesson plan to activity as easy as possible.
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