Argentina’s Conectar Igualdad program, which will provide 3M laptops to secondary students across the country by the end of next year, has devoted much time to their web presence. Â (The secondary students receive Classmates; 60K primary students in the north have also recieved XOs.) The national education ministry has a history of excellent web sites, including educ.ar, which has gathered learning materials and information for teachers for years.
Conectar Igualdad has, among other things, a lovely real-time summary of the program’s progress, noting the current targets or the deployment and how it has progressed during the current phase in each district.
They are also open about the experimental nature of their work. Â They have asked students and communities to come up with great ideas and local initiatives using the laptops and other information technology, running a variety of contestsÂ to select the best of them. Â The aim of these contests is to highlight the dynamic of “one laptop per child” and universal connectivity, connect with web 2.0 services, and to collaborate with others in a creative way.
In the firstÂ student contestÂ last year,Â organized by educ.ar, the winning projects included a school and community websiteÂ andÂ an environmental blog, as well as a number of essays and art projects. Â This year they are holding the contest again, from now through March. Like access to the Internet in the country, the student projects are likely to only get better.