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[publication] First Experiences with OLPC in European Classrooms

Our publication about „First Experiences with OLPC in European Classrooms“ at this year E-Learn Conference is now online available.
Abstract:

The use of laptops in educational settings is discussed by lots of e-Learning researchers for years now. Since 2002 the One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC-project) tries to bring digital devices to developing countries avoiding the increase of the digital gap. Austria has been one of the first countries in the European Union (EU) to start an OLPC-project on its own. The focus was on the use of digital devices in education at a very early stage. Accompanied by a solid research team, bringing teachers, e-learning experts as well as software developer together, a first attempt was established. This publication aims to carry out the description of the prework, the first real life setting and concludes with the experiences of the whole research group. Furthermore it summarizes a recommendation for a transfer of the project to developing countries.

Reference: Ebner, M.; Dorfinger, J.; Neuper, W.; Safran, C. (2009) First Experiences woth OLPC in European Classrooms. – in: E-Learn – World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education ; 2009 (2009)

2 Comments

  1. […] Es ist schon kurios, dass es das One Laptop Per Child-Projekt braucht, um in Styria (Österreich) Erfahrungen mit dem Einsatz von Laptops in der Grundschule zu sammeln. Sind denn Software sowie mögliche Services und Erfahrungen, die mit den XO-Rechnern daherkommen, wirklich so spezifisch, dass die Ziele mit anderer Hard- und Software nicht zu erreichen gewesen wären? Können die in diesem Kontext gesammelten Erfahrungen wirklich von der weltweiten OLPC-Community genutzt werden? Wie auch immer, einige Antworten enthält der vorliegende Bericht, weitere Fragen entstehen beim Lesen. Was in jedem Fall hängen bleibt, ist “u-Learning” oder “ubiquitous learning”: “Enhancing traditional as well as online teaching and learning standards by ubiquitous devices is called: u-Learning. u-Learning = {u-Environment, u-Contents, u-Behavior, u-Interface, u-Service}.” Martin Ebner, Johannes Dorfinger, Walther Neuper, Christian Safran, in: E-Learn – World Conference o… […]

  2. This is a great report. Might we get your thoughts on it and how we can learn from it for a Guest Post on OLPC News? I know our readership – the largest for OLPC – would be very excited to learn from your experience.

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