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One Laptop Per Child - implementation in India

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    • OLPC and India gnuNify '07 Pune January 28th, 2007 Robert Adkins CTO, Technetra Corp. Saratoga, California radkins@technetra.com Copyright 2007 Technetra CC Some Rights Reserved
    • What is OLPC?  One Laptop per Child project  Launched in January 2005 by MIT Media Labs   Build educational program based on learning­to­learn  theories of Seymour Papert & Alan Kay Provide rich content and dynamic interaction on grand scale  embodied in a cheap, personal computing platform  Objectives  Use technology in novel ways  Spread education by short circuiting traditional bottlenecks  Exploit effects of scale at both ends of spectrum  Intimate experience of the personal computer  Societal pressures of millions of peers  Treat children as agents rather than as objects of change  Copyright 2007 Technetra CC Some Rights Reserved
    • OLPC Status  Promises technology and price breakthrough for knowledge delivery   But, limited acceptance so far   Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil   But not China, Egypt, India... also, no longer Thailand   Criticism Includes  Impractical  Gadget/Toy  Cost (450 Crore Rs extra expenditure per purchase agreement)   India & Media Labs  Controversial history  Long shadow of past failure  Copyright 2007 Technetra CC Some Rights Reserved
    • India & Education Delivery  Fundamental problem: too few teachers at all levels   Radical technology innovations like OLPC can help  Facilitate curriculum delivery in local language  Facilitate both distance learning & local learning  Complement or replace older kiosk models  Copyright 2007 Technetra CC Some Rights Reserved
    • Recommendations  Lower initial cost of entry of OLPC for developing countries   Ensure greater local control   Indianize the project in order to broaden  spectrum of local stakeholders eg: Port software & content to Indian developed hardware  Explore alternative funding models  For profit versions  Customized versions  Copyright 2007 Technetra CC Some Rights Reserved
    • Summary  OLPC is a bold experiment with huge payoff potential   Most approaches fail to make dent in the  «poverty of education» ­­ can OLPC make a dent? Copyright 2007 Technetra CC Some Rights Reserved
    • BIG PICTURE: Lack of access to education is not just an Indian problem Technology has to be enlisted to help solve one of the most critical problems facing the world today. Copyright 2007 Technetra CC Some Rights Reserved