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Laptops e Educação de Qualidade no Brasil

by on Jul.05, 2011, under Educação, featured, OLPC, Português, Reflexões

A mais nova onda em tecnologias para as escolas é a ideia de uma laptop/tablet por criança ou, como usualmente tem se chamado, 1:1 (um pra um). O conceito é relativamente simples: cada criança e professor de uma escola recebe um laptop de baixo custo, o qual mantém consigo todo o tempo, inclusive levando-o para casa.

Essa ideia já esta sendo adotada em alguns países do mundo, como no Uruguai, aonde 100% das crianças do ensino fundamental possuem laptops. No Brasil o projeto ainda esta engatinhando, pois em um país com cerca de 50 milhões de alunos existem pouco menos de 200 mil laptops distribuídos nas escolas, muitas vezes ainda utilizados como laboratórios de informática móveis.

Entretanto, toda vez que se fala de um laptop por criança, a pergunta que a maioria das pessoas faz é porquê. Por que investir tanto dinheiro em uma iniciativa como essa quando existem tantas outras necessidades nas escolas públicas brasileiras?

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The Challenges of OLPC Scale Implementation in Rwanda

by on Jul.16, 2010, under Educação, English, featured, Formações, OLPC, Reflexões

This week Silvia and I ran in Kigali a training for 300 teachers and principals of 150 school. It was a very nice 5 days workshop where we mixed some talks with lots of hands on with the XOs. The methodology was slightly different from what we usually do. Yet we continue to work under the principle of “practicing what we preach”, this time we introduced the XO to the teachers through some classroom simulations. Our trainers acted as teachers giving a lesson from the curriculum and taught the activities at the same time. The objective was to create a mindset among teachers that the XO is being introduced as a tool to learning and not as a “tool to teach about”. We also tried to introduced some  ideas of “simultaneous dramaturgy” from Augusto Boal in order to foster some discussion about normal classrooms situations teachers will face in their classrooms with the XOs. In a first impression, it was a very nice training, for sure the best we did in Rwanda for far (see more in http://www.gc4ll.org ). However, when I was reflecting regarding the training, some inevitable reflections about our overall strategy in Rwanda came to my mind.

Rwanda has about 43.000 teachers in primary schools.  If we decided to replicate this training with the remaining teachers of the country, also in batches of 300, it would took us a little bit more than 2.9 years without a single stop week.

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