Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months
with zero instruction.
Brains are amazing. In 2012 non English speaking children in a remote African village had solar
powered tablets dropped into their village. They had never seen a book before, and had no
teachers. Within minutes the CHILDREN had powered it up, and within weeks were using the
programs loaded onto it.
Brains + inquisitive minds = no limits.
If we transform how we teach, and how we view teaching, we can speed up the 'learning to read and
write' process, and work WITH brains, not against them. Especially if we use technology, and 'speak'
the same language as children in this modern world.
Imagine that you have been trying to use a PC with the children, and now realise that the difficulties
stem from the fact that they use MACs. Imagine that, when you finally give them a MAC, they can
use them really well if you let them get on with it....in fact your life becomes so much easier, as they
aren't as reliant on you!
Almost half of Australians over 15 are functionally illiterate, having attended school for at least ten
You could view SSP as a way to get the kids the operating system they are crying out for, instead of
going on more and more courses to learn how to teach them to use a PC, even if all of your current
resources only support the PC?
Take a deep breath, and let it all go...the SSP 'MAC' is here.
The Reading Whisperer