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L@S: Fourth Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale
April 20 – 21, 2017 @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology
organized with the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org).
In 2007, Plan Ceibal became the first nationwide ubiquitous educational computer program in the world based on the 1:1 model. It is one of the most important programs implemented by Uruguay’s Government to minimize digital divide and is based upon three pillars: equity, learning and technology. As of 2007, Plan Ceibal has covered public schools, providing every student and teacher in kindergarten, primary and middle school with a laptop or tablet and internet access in the school, as well as a comprehensive set of educational software platforms.
Plan Ceibal reached 85% of the students in Uruguay (100% of public education 1 to 9 grades students) reducing significantly the digital divide between the “have” and the “have-nots”.
After the massive deployment of devices, platforms and connectivity, as well as educational resources, now the focus is particularly on teachers training, development of new pedagogies as well as a new culture for understanding teaching and learning (i.e. new pedagogies for deep learning). This presentation summarize the "computational thinking" and the "maker culture" promoted by this public policy in Uruguay.