Web and education: what really matters?

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  • 1. Web & educational change: what really matters? Pisa, November 19st 2008 Bastien Guerry One Laptop Per Child
  • 2. Three fallacies in ICT/Education ● The Electrified teacher (R. Casati) ● Digital Natives ? (M. Prensky) ● The Ebook illusion
  • 3. Content / Interfaces / People Content People Interfaces
  • 4. Content / Interfaces / People Content People People Interfaces (Soft|Hard)
  • 5. The hole in the wall
  • 6. The Web revolution? ● Story: the « hole in the wall » ● So what? Access to new content ● Thesis: the main impact of the web on education is about content (not interfaces or people)
  • 7. Collaborating children
  • 8. New practices in education? ● Story: collaborating children ● So what? New access to people ● Thesis: the main impact of new interfaces on education is about collaboration
  • 9. WikiPedia vs Second Life ● WP is a hit because 1) it brings new content and 2) it uses a very simple interface to let people collaborate ● SL is a miss because 1) it relies on people and 2) it uses a complex interface to let them access to poor content
  • 10. OLPC and education ● Bringing access to new content ● Promoting collaboration among children
  • 11. Thanks - bzg@laptop.org