Congratulations to Fundacion Marina Orth!

An all-girls team of students from the Fundacion Marina Orth in Colombia has been recognized as international robotics champions!

The students participated in RoboRAVE 2018 and won fist place in the middle school category, held in New Mexico on May 10-12, 2018.

We congratulate the Little Engineers team and wish them continued success in their education! Our thanks to Fundacion Marina Orth for providing students in Colombia with a quality, innovative education as part of the OLPC education program.

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The OLPC Education Program: Teacher Training

A key component of the OLPC education program is teacher training. OLPC’s experience in the field has evidenced the need to give teachers the skills and tools they need to seamlessly incorporate technology and innovative methodologies for learning into their daily lessons. OLPC partners with the Fundacion Zamora Teran to provide a comprehensive teacher training program to participating schools around the world. Our multidisciplinary teams focus on providing teachers with the skills they need to improve the academic and critical thinking skills of students.

Our comprehensive teacher training program includes more than 100 hours of training on topics including:

  • education and innovation;
  • educational strategies for integrating technology into the classroom;
  • building reading fluency and comprehension;
  • technology and mathematics;
  • strategic management; and
  • technical support.

Our teams provide continuous support to teachers through workshops, in-class observations and individualized coaching sessions. These are designed to give teachers targeted feedback about performance in the classroom in an effort to encourage and support use of the innovative strategies introduced in the teacher training workshops. Our teams provide support to schools and teachers each month throughout the school year.

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For more information, send an email to information@laptop.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for your support for the OLPC Education Program!

OLPC is an Education Program

Thank you to the Verge for providing OLPC the opportunity to clarify some misperceptions about the OLPC Educational Program.

When Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Medial Lab, unveiled the XO Laptop in 2005, it was indeed the first laptop focused on education for children. The idea was revolutionary: OLPC was created to provide the most vulnerable children with a quality, 21st Century education. Today, 13 years after Mr. Negroponte announced his transformative idea, the need to educate vulnerable children around the world continues to grow and intensify, and therefore the need for the OLPC education program is  increasing.

The XO Laptop created by OLPC remains one of the most innovative and rugged laptops to date, with extremely low power consumption and software designed to facilitate collaboration and learning. With more than 10 years in the hands of children, the original XO 1 Laptops still work. Many are powered by solar panels. “The batteries still work, the Wi-Fi still works, and amazingly, OLPC still cranks out the software images for it,” stated Sameer Verma, OLPC Community Leader and Member of Sugar Labs’ Oversight Board. OLPC products still work and the OLPC mission continues to exist. This is a testament to the validity of Mr. Negroponte’s vision and creation.

OLPC knows constructionism facilitates the greatest development of all children. Constructionism is the educational theory which states children learn best when involved in creation and experimentation. The XO Laptop is a unique machine designed to facilitate this kind of creative, engaged, collaborative learning for children.

OLPC is an education program, not a hardware startup. OLPC’s goal has always been to give children the tools and information they need to learn and to continue asking questions, in an effort to break the cycle of poverty, empower students and improve local communities. A quality education and access to information are basic human rights. OLPC has always been- and continues to be- dedicated to providing the most vulnerable children with these basic human rights.

The OLPC education program now includes a robust system of teacher training, technical support and training, as well as monitoring and evaluation services. In each community, OLPC works to engage a community of volunteers to provide ongoing support to the education program. The OLPC program in Nicaragua, implemented by the Fundacion Zamora Teran, developed this comprehensive system of support and is an example of educational excellence. OLPC works to support the entire educational community in an effort to create a sustainable transformation in education.

The Verge article incorrectly states there is little hard data about the long term impact on education. We invite you to read the evaluations on the OLPC program in Uruguay, where every primary student has access to a connected laptop computer. The program expanded to include preschool and high school students. We invite you to visit Nicaragua where more than 65,000 students are receiving a quality, innovative education thanks to the OLPC educational program implemented by the Fundación Zamora Teran.  Come to Nepal to see students using the OLPC laptops in innovative and creative ways, thanks to the incredible work of OLE NEPAL. Learn more about the programs in Madagascar, Rwanda, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Panama, and Cameroon, among others, where children are receiving a quality, innovative education, thanks to OLPC and its local partners. We invite you to take a moment to read the evaluations and resources  listed below. You can also send an email to information@laptop.org and we will be happy to share additional evaluations of the OLPC educational program around the world. The OLPC educational program has the proven ability to transform education and give all students an opportunity to succeed.

OLPC is alive and well. OLPC continues to grow and change the lives of children, teachers and communities around the world. OLPC works closely with teachers and school leaders to improve teaching strategies and methodologies. OLPC trains local teams to provide technical support and to accurately measure the results of the program. Students improve academically and perhaps more importantly, students are motivated to keep learning and creating.

Thanks to the support of organizations and individuals around the world, OLPC continues to work to fulfill its mission to provide educational opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable children by providing each child with a rugged, connected laptop computer, loaded with content and software designed for joyful, self-empowered learning. OLPC will not rest until every child receives the education he or she deserves.

Thank you for your continued support for the OLPC education program.

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https://www.ceibal.edu.uy/en/articulo/institucional/evaluacion

https://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech/edutech/20-innovative-edtech-projects-around-world

https://mg.co.za/article/2018-03-20-how-kids-in-a-low-income-country-use-laptop-lessons-from-madagascar

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The OLPC Educational Program

Focus on Learning

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is an educational program focused on individual learning. OLPC is based on the educational philosophy of “learning by doing” promoted by educators and computer scientists, including Seymour Papert and the MIT Media Lab. The OLPC educational program focuses on student-led learning which involves students drawing conclusions through creation and experimentation.  Use of the OLPC laptops empowers children’s cognitive development in a unique way as students construct knowledge and practice critical thinking skills. Through the process of creation and reflection, students are “learning to learn.”

The OLPC Difference

The OLPC educational program is backed by more than 40 years of research specifically focused on improving children’s learning experiences through the use of computers.  Computers provide a unique platform to accommodate a variety of learning styles and afford each child with an opportunity to reach his/her potential. OLPC provides participating schools, teachers and students with the technical and educational support they need to empower the greatest development of all students.

With proper implementation support, the OLPC educational program results in improved academic performance among participating students, enhanced learning environments and improved attitudes about learning and the future. OLPC works to involve the entire educational community in its innovative program in an effort to create a sustainable transformation in education.

Thank you for your continued support for education!

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