OLPC Support Services: Monitoring & Evaluation

In each OLPC program school, it is important to measure the impact on student learning and success. OLPC works with the local project team to design a system to monitor various educational indicators as articulated by the local educational community and stakeholders. The data collected during the monitoring process provides real time information about the impact of each program which can be used to make strategic implementation decisions at any given time.

OLPC uses several metrics to measure academic impact, including the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and the Early Grade Math Assessment (EGMA). Both assessments are international standardized exams designed to measure student achievement in basic reading and math skills. OLPC trains local teams to gather baseline data using these assessments. Results are used to design and improve teaching strategies focused on strengthening reading and math skills in participating students.

OLPC teams use several data collection tools to measure impact on attitudes about education and the future. Our teams survey school leaders, teachers, students and families regarding their own assessment of the educational program. All of this feedback is used to strengthen the program in areas as dictated by the local educational community.

Monitoring and evaluation is an essential component of every successful OLPC program. OLPC’s goal is to have a positive impact on each participating school, teacher and student, in an effort to create a brighter future for all.

Stay tuned for the next OLPC  update to learn about the program’s impact on specific schools and communities around the world.

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Uruguay Counting on “One Laptop Per Child” Program to Prepare for Future

Uruguay is working to position itself as a leader in robotics and programming.

“The country is increasingly earning a reputation for its prowess in both software and robotics. The country has a workforce that is surprisingly agile, highly educated and generationally diverse, says KPMG Brazil managing partner Ruben Gallago . . . . At the collegiate level, the Universidad de La Republic, the country’s oldest and largest university, has created a project to create a “simple and economic platform” to help engineering students and teachers internalize the basic ideas of programming. The country is also counting on its “one laptop per child” policy that since 2009 has given every elementary school student a computer with internet access — an effort to equip the next generation with even greater mathematical and technical skills.”

Read more about the impressive results from Uruguay here:

https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/a-testing-lab-for-russian-robots-revs-up-in-uruguay/86780

Positive Results from OLPC Program in Baitadi, Nepal

In September of 2016, OLE Nepal implemented the OLPC education program in fifteen schools in Baitadi. OLE Nepal deployed OLPC laptops and installed digital libraries in participating schools. Teachers in the program schools attended a training program focused on developing the skills they need to integrate technology into the classroom.  OLE Nepal also provided two teaching residents to support the program schools throughout the first year in order to provide ongoing support to students and teachers.

The results are positive. A comparison of baseline and mid-term  results revealed “students have made an impressive improvement in learning English, Science and Mathematics.” Students showed improvements in all three areas.

On behalf of the OLPC community, congratulations to OLE Nepal on these impressive results!

Read about the important OLE Nepal OLPC program HERE.

Thanks to OLE Nepal for its incredible commitment to the OLPC education program and children in Nepal!

Happy faces at pilot school (OLE Nepal)

OLPC Services: Technical Support

A key component of each OLPC educational program is sustainability. Implementing a sustainable educational program requires an effective, long-term technical support strategy. OLPC works with local teams to develop a system and processes to deploy the laptops and to provide ongoing maintenance and technical support services.

OLPC designs technical platforms that include integrated infrastructure and connectivity in order to provide secure internet access and a security system which disables the use of the laptop in case of loss or theft. These platforms are created with the input and guidance of local stakeholders in an effort to address local needs.

OLPC’s technical support services include customization of the operating system and content. We provide training on the technical processes of maintenance, repair and disassembly of the laptops. We help each program to create a system to manage spare parts for the laptops. We work with local teams to define and design connectivity requirements to ensure internet access in every participating school. We advise local teams as they configure, install and administrate schools servers and support infrastructure, including the laptop’s security system.

OLPC’s technical support services facilitate the development of local capacity and ensure the long-term sustainability of each educational program.

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