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OLPC and INDIA

  1. 1. OLPC and India gnuNify '07 Pune January 28"‘, 2007 Robert Adkins CTO, Technetra Corp. Saratoga, California radkins@technetra. com tcchnctra
  2. 2. ° One Laptop per Child project ‘ Launched in January 2005 by MIT Media Labs ' Build educational program based on learning-to-learn 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
  3. 3. OLPC Status ‘W: ‘ 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
  4. 4. India & Education Delivery ‘-f ’ 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
  5. 5. Recommendations ' Lower initial cost of entry of OLPC for developing countries ‘ Ensure greater local control * lndianize 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
  6. 6. 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? tot‘ line I ra
  7. 7. 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. tcchnctra

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