Grade 3 Teacher Nathan LangÂ is inspired by the way technology has enhanced his studentsâ€™ passion for mathematics. Last year, students ofÂ Otetiskiwin Kiskinwamahtowekamik SchoolÂ inÂ Nisichawayasihk Cree NationÂ (Nelson House, Manitoba)Â received personal laptop through the OLPC Canada program.
Since 2009, OLPC Greece has provided one laptop per child in 35 classes and groups around the country. Â 580 XOs in all, with the inolvement of many teachers. Â They have kept us updated viaÂ our wikiÂ and regular emails,Â and shared some interesting work from their students.
My favorite post is from the 3rd graders at the Sminthi School — Â they made large tiles of stencil art, rearranged it on a school wall, and turned it intoÂ stop-motion animations with Scratch (video). Â Their professors Psychogios, Rigas, and Aspioti, brought this work into with their math, informatics, and art classes.
Recently the OLPC Greece teamÂ published a short summary of their work from the first two years, and their goals for the coming year. Â They note the need for local hardware labs, software updates, and technical support. Â You can follow their work, in Greek, on theÂ public mailing list for the pilot. Â (An excellent practice!)
Students and teachers work on a stencil in Sminthi