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During the last conference, Nicholas Negroponte presented the latest information aboutÂ the Reading Project, an experiment/research, conducted with kids in Ethiopia to see what can happen without a teacher, because these kids have none.
During September, MIT Technology review postedÂ the article “Another Way to Think about Learning”Â describing some of what was going on. Recently, a new article explains more on the latest findings; “Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves”
After several months, the kids in both villages were still heavily engaged in using and recharging the machines, and had been observed reciting the â€œalphabet song,â€ and even spelling words. One boy, exposed to literacy games with animal pictures, opened up a paint program and wrote the word â€œLion.â€
Learn more about the Reading Project explained by Nicholas Negroponte in the following video (min 57:53):
Nicholas is back to the stage on a Panel: minute 2:19:20