Education For All

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” (John F. Kennedy) #OLPC #EducationforAll #ThursdayThoughts

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: