Learning how to learn: Rodrigo Arboleda at TEDxMiami 2013

Rodrigo Arboleda is currently Chairman and CEO f One Laptop per Child Association (OLPC). OLPC has delivered more than 2 million laptops to children in more than 35 countries and 21 languages worldwide.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

To all our South African Friends

To all our South African Friends (and now to our friends in Africa and all over the world):

A great man has departed to better and more peaceful pastures. He leaves behind a legacy of unprecedented importance to humanity. One of reconciliation and peace. One of equality under the eyes of not only that Superior Being but, most important, among ourselves. One of humbleness and perseverance. One of dignity and simplicity. One of elegance but without losing the common touch. A smile the melted the hardest minds and souls. A spark in his eyes that inspired hope and foresaw better times.

 We all have a lot to learn from this great man. We will miss him as a beacon of enlightenment and vision.

May he rest in peace.

On behalf of the OLPC team, our respect and admiration for this gentle soul,

Rodrigo Arboleda

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

– Nelson Mandela

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MATE MAROTE: EDUCATIVE FRAMEWORK GAMES FOR COGNITIVE TRAINING – La Rioja

Argentina is living a unique oportunity where a great amount of primary and secondary school students have their own laptop, given by institutional programs such as Joaqun V. Gonzalez (La Rioja). The fact that all learning and teaching tasks are represented in the same digital environment is a formidable tool for educational applications, as well as for research and experimentation.

Paper sent by Antonio Battro:

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NUR-New Educational Strategy: OLPC

NUR aims to promote digital inclusion, in order to reduce the digital division and enable more and better access to education and culture.
But the mere inclusion of technology in schools does not ensure compliance with the target if it is not accompanied by an educational proposal in line with the new requirements, both for students and teachers.
Thus, the project is based on a complete system that seeks to ensure the use of technological resources, teacher training, development of appropriate content, as well as family and social participation.Nur is the result of going one step forward: A New Educational Strategy in Armenia (Նոր Ուսումնական Ռազմավարություն)
NUR was conceived, as the result of Mr. Eduardo Eurnekian’s strong will to give Armenian children the opportunity to a quality education.
NUR introduces a revolution that implies maximising educational opportunities.
NUR is a community project because it involves teachers, students and their families.

Geeking out young: gadgets and coding need to be core in US schools

By Steve Dent origanily posted in Engadget Nov 11th, 2013

Remember readin’, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic? According to our Rethinking Education panelists, the three R’s need to be joined by a “C” — for computer science — or the US risks getting run over by more progressive nations. That was the opinion of Rodrigo Arboleda from the One Laptop Per Child organization, who spoke at Engadget Expand along with Jeff Branson from SparkFun and Pat Yongpradit from Code.org.

…Though many feel that there are already too many gadgets and too much internet in kids’ lives, Arboleda and One Laptop per Child have the opposite viewpoint. He said that a laptop could become a precious, transformational object for a child, taking them to new places in their personal development — especially if coupled with internet access. As for the sorry state of computer science in schools stateside, Yongpradit emphasized the need for teacher certification programs in computing, building a curriculum the same way math and sciences were: one block at a time. Arboleda took it a step further, saying that access to digital tools and internet has become “a basic human right” — severely disadvantaging those who lack them.

Watch the video and read the full article here.

Barnes & Noble and One Laptop per Child Announce that Innovative NOOK(R) App for Kids to Come Preloaded on XO Tablet

NOOK’s Specially Designed Kids App Is COPPA Compliant and Features a Curated Reading Experience for Children on XO Tablets

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--October 21, 2013--

NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), one of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, and One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the global children’s educational non-profit born at the MIT Media Lab, announced today that a specially-designed NOOK App for Kids will come pre-installed on OLPC’s XO Tablet beginning this week.

The NOOK App for Kids provides a curated reading experience for children, with access to thousands of new and classic children’s titles, and is fully compliant with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Kids can easily find a favorite story and engage with the books and their favorite characters by digitally turning pages, interacting with the text, and zooming in and around graphics — all on the XO Tablet, the most flexible OLPC tool to date.

The app helps parents select books that are appropriate for their children by giving them complete control over the browsing and shopping experience. The XO Tablet will also come preloaded with the full NOOK for Android(TM) app for use in parent mode, providing adult users with access to more than 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, comics and graphic novels in the NOOK Store(R) , including more than a million free titles.

The multilingual XO Tablet designed and developed by OLPC — with XO Learning System and child-centric “Dream” interface provides children with access to state-of-the-art educational content curated in collaboration with leading educational experts. One Laptop per Child has become a model for providing disadvantaged children worldwide with the opportunity for education, a window to the outside world, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard to a brighter future.

“By partnering with One Laptop per Child, we are strengthening our commitment to make NOOK content available to new and existing customers across a broad range of platforms and devices,” said Mike Saturnia, Vice President and General Manager of NOOK Sales & Business Development. “Through the pre-installed NOOK App for Kids on the XO Tablet, we are opening NOOK’s expansive catalog of more than 3 million titles to even more families and children.”

“The intuitive nature of touchscreen technology makes connected tablets ideal learning tools for children. With the XO Tablet, we wanted children and their families to have the absolute best tools and the broadest access to educational information and content,” said Rodrigo Arboleda, CEO and Chairman, OLPC. “The addition of the new NOOK App for Kids offers children and parents a powerful reading tool and opens the door to an ever-expanding library of family-friendly content.”

The new NOOK App for Kids will be preloaded on the XO Tablet (7-inch, $149.99), available at Walmart, Walmart.com, Target.com, Toys”R”Us, ToysRUs.com, BrandsMart, BrandsMartUSA.com and OfficeDepot.com. The XO Tablet features an educational curriculum with lessons that draw from the top names in education, including Oxford University and Discovery Communication, and is built with parental dashboards that track usage and learning styles, allowing parents to better understand their child’s development. OLPC’s proceeds from XO Tablet sales are reinvested to further OLPC’s global mission, update and expand the XO Learning System, and subsidize the distribution of XO Tablets and Laptops to children in need throughout the world.

Like all Free NOOK Reading Apps(TM) , purchased content is safely stored through the NOOK Cloud(TM) , making it easy for customers to access digital books, magazines and more wherever they go. NOOK Reading Apps automatically synchronize a customer’s last page read across all of their devices. Customers can learn more about the full suite of Free NOOK Reading Apps at www.nook.com/apps.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 674 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK(R) products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store(R) (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 692 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

NOOK(R) , NOOK Store(R) , NOOK Video(TM) , and NOOK Video Apps(TM) are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.

Follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter (www.bn.com/twitter), Facebook (www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/barnesandnoble).

About NOOK Media LLC

NOOK reading and entertainment products make it easy to Read What You Love, Anywhere You Like(TM) with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to the expansive NOOK Store(R) of more than 3 million (US) and 2.5 million (UK) digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps(TM) and NOOK Video Apps(TM) , available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products are available in the United Kingdom at leading retailers; NOOK content can be purchased at www.nook.co.uk.

For more information on NOOK, follow us on www.twitter.com/nookBN or www.twitter.com/nook_UK and www.facebook.com/nook or www.facebook.com/nookGB.

About XO Tablet, XO Learning and One Laptop per Child

The XO Tablet, fully designed and developed by OLPC, harnesses the power of a connected touchscreen device to create new ways for children to learn. Its launch also marks the global debut of the XO Learning System, designed as a child-centric interface to empower kids to build, learn and dream as part of OLPC’s mission. OLPC was launched in 2005 at the MIT Media Lab as a project to provide a modern education to every child around the world through access to laptops and connected devices. The organization has since distributed 2.8 million of its specially designed XO laptops to children in 60 countries, and the XO Tablet extends that experience into a modern tablet form factor.

Visit OLPC at http://www.laptop.org.

For FAQs, where to buy and more information on the XO Tablet, visit www.xotablet.com.

 
    CONTACT: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323

Corporate Communications

mkeating@bn.com

or

Carolyn J. Brown, 212-633-4062

Corporate Communications

cbrown@bn.com

or

One Laptop per Child

Heather Gioco, 713-299-1312

Communications

hgioco@hoogassociates.com

 
    SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc. 
Copyright Business Wire 2013

 

TEDxMiami – Be the difference – Oct 24, 2013

 

This year, TEDxMiami’s fourth annual Fall Conference celebrates the power of innovation and different viewpoints which innovators bring to longstanding problems. Our speakers will provoke you to Live Differently, Work Differently, Play Differently, Learn Differently, and most importantly, to Be the Difference.

Be part of a catalyst moment for Miami
With more speaking applications received than ever before, Miami is certainly bursting at the seams with innovative and disruptive ideas. With the platform set, we can help take these ideas worth spreading and continue supporting them to the next level.  Join us for a night of connection, inspiration and action!

When:  Thursday, 24 October 2013 – Doors open 6:00PM, Event 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Where:  Adrienne Arsht Center – 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132
TicketsPurchase your tickets here (Tickets are General Admission) SOLD OUT

The networking reception is at the Knight Concert Hall Lobby from 6-7pm. Doors to the auditorium open at 6:30pm. Concessions are available throughout the evening however, food is not allowed in the auditorium. Mingle with attendees at the after-party immediately following the event in the lobby.

Speaker Line-Up (revealed thus far)

  • Rodrigo Arboleda – One Laptop per Child, Revisited
  • Risa Berrin – Health Information Project
  • Richard Weiner – The Virtues of Gossip
  • Anabelle K. Paulino – A Modern Twist on an Ancient Memory Technique
  • John E. Lewis, Ph.D – A Solution for Your Health Care is Ringing. Will You Answer the Call?
  • Fernando Fabre – Creating An (Entrepreneurial) Mafia
  • Frankie Ruiz – Running to Join a Miami Movement

Rwanda’s IT revolution targets knowledge economy – BBC News

Originally posted: 17 October 2013 By Lerato MbelePresenter, Africa Business Report, Kigali

he One Laptop Per Child initiative has seen thousands of laptops distributed across Rwandan schools

Olive Uwineza is 12 years old and dreams of becoming president one day. She sits in a class of about 30 pupils, at a high-tech primary school in Kigali, Rwanda.

Each student has a green, white and orange laptop that uses cartoon animations to make lessons more fun.

A lover of maths and science, Olive says tackling these subjects without computers “can make my lessons difficult”.

Five years ago, an initiative called One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) was introduced to the school, led by the government and NGOs. It has seen 200,000 laptops distributed in more than 400 schools across this tiny east African nation.

Facilities at Olive’s school have been upgraded and modernised, with access to wi-fi, and software tailored for the curriculum.

Healing a nation

The OLPC programme is one of the pillars of Rwanda’s Vision 2020, which aims to turn the country into a knowledge-based economy similar to that of Singapore in South East Asia.

Richard Muragijimana works on a bus equipped with computers, teaching people basic IT skills

In the wood-panelled halls of his official office, we meet President Paul Kagame, who has personally been a driver of this vision. He says information technology will help to turn Rwanda into a regional tech hub that will help Rwandans “find jobs, feed their children and regain their dignity”.

The tragedy of the 1994 genocide is a strong motivation for President Kagame. In his view, better access to information might have helped victims and perpetrators make different political choices.

For him, the IT revolution is not only about modernising the Rwandan economy – at the core, it’s about healing the nation.

Mr Kagame has presided over an era of robust growth in Rwanda. Last year, the economy grew by more than 7%.

Government reforms have encouraged foreign investment and the World Bank has ranked Rwanda the third best country in sub-Saharan Africa in its “Doing Business” index.

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Walking far: OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2013

“If you want to walk fast, walk alone; but if you want to walk far, walk together”. –African proverb, by way of Samuel Kobia

Mark your calendar! We hope to see you at the fifth OLPC San Francisco Community Summit from October 18 to 20, 2013.

The summit will be held at San Francisco State University‘s downtown campus at 5th & Market (835 Market St.) San Francisco. We will be opening a call for proposals, posters, speedgeek, and such in a few days. We begin on Friday, Oct 18th with a welcome reception and wrap up on Sunday, Oct 20th with a closing party. On behalf of the OLPC San Francisco volunteer community and our hosts at San Francisco State University, I invite you to the summit. Let’s get together, so we may walk far.

http://olpcsf.org/summit

Oct 18-20, 2013

OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2013 is a community event that brings together educators, technologists, anthropologists, enthusiasts, champions and volunteers. We share stories, exchange ideas, solve problems, foster community and build collaboration around the One Laptop per Child project and its mission worldwide.

 

The XO on a Rwandan Bill

A picture is worth a thousand words….

The XO Laptop is now shown on Rwandan bills.

The National Bank of Rwanda will launch the new 500 Rwanda Francs.  An image of children “learning” with an XO from OLPC is on one of the faces of the bill ( see images attached). Rwanda is really creating a new generation of citizens.

“ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela.

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XO Tablet nominated for the 2013 She Knows Parenting Awards

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We are very excited to announce that the XO Tablet has been nominated for the 2013 She Knows Parenting Awards!

The XO Tablet has made it as a finalist in the ‘tablets for kids’ category. Here is a link to the page where you can vote.

Voting is live between today, September 24th and October 7th – and ANYONE can vote – so as they say, ‘vote early and vote often!’ and pass along to friends and colleagues!

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Island of teachers

Translation from the original by Jennifer Castillo Bermudez

One year ago, the Ometepe Island started a digital revolution, as the Zamora Terán Foundation delivered five thousand XO computers to all students and teachers in the 32 primary schools at the Ometepe Island. With this generous donation, Ometepe Island became the first digital island in the region.  Following this digital revolution, Ometepe now boasts a 90% student retention rate and has shown great increase in school performance.

John Martinez , 9 , is “glowing” the most. In a class of 24 students, he was the quietest of the classroom. However, when he received his XO computer, he became the ” technical advisor ” of Professor Martha Rodriguez’s classroom, in the Rigoberto Cabezas School of Ometepe Island. “Now when I am giving classes on topics, he tells me which educational app I can use to teach that kind of Spanish, Math or Science. He is outstanding,” says Rodriguez. This once quiet child was the first one in his class to learn how to use the XO.” Within a week of receiving the computer, he told me he was able to use it and he offered to help me,” says Rodriguez. According to Martinez, “She [his teacher] did not want to use the computer because she didn’t know how, and I wanted us to start using it, so after a week of having it, I learned to do it and was able to teach her how to use it.”

Since February 2012, all primary students on the Ometepe Island became teachers in the classroom. In addition, the students began to excel in competitions organized by the Ministry of Education ( MINED ) at the state and national level. “Retention rates and school performance improved. Now they all are teachers on the island because children learn quickly,” says Byron Countryman, MINED delegate on the Ometepe Island. The island has 4,512 elementary students in the two municipalities: Altagracia and Moyogalpa, according to Paisano. In just over a year, “Our students have become more active students. The boys have developed more skills and knowledge for their own learning,” says Countryman. Last year, Gabriel Alberto Muñoz was elected as the best student of Rivas and Maria Roberta Flores won one of the first places in the Reading aloud competition organized by the MINED.

The arrival of the XO computers also alleviated the need for classroom textbooks, says Jorge Luis Espinoza , director of the College Ruben Dario. Prior to the arrival of the XO computers, said Paisano, “We had an 80% shortage of books in subjects such as language arts and math. The computers have helped us to resolve this deficit.”

Professor Mirna Sevilla Romero says the incorporation of new technologies in primary education ” woke students up,” and also “demanded a  greater commitment from our teachers”. She continued, “If we, as teachers, are not familiar with technology and its use in education, our students will be far ahead of us.” “Our methods of evaluating student performance also changed because now we not only do written tests, but teachers also organize tournaments and competitions in the classroom that incorporate the computers,” says Leyla Road Barrios, director of the Rural Education Core schools Koos Koster , where 520 students study.

The children also get to use the computers outside of the classroom. “In the evenings, when I’m studying with my computer and helping my mom, I teach her, because she cannot read or write,” says John Martinez.

The Zamora Terán Foundation has invested more than $7.5 million since 2009, when it began distributing XO computers in Nicaragua. To date, over 30,000 computers have been delivered in 104 schools in the country, according to reports from the Foundation. In addition, more than 6.500 hours of teacher training has been provided . The teacher training program also provides ongoing monitoring and pedagogical support to schools.