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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Making technology ubiquitous in global education

Nev Muftari forwarded me a link about Nicholas Negroponte's efforts to make a $100 laptop and distribute it worldwide. China, Brazil, Thailand, Egypt, and South Africa have all signed on for a pilot program using 15 million units - article 1=7128">here.

Negroponte calls this the advent of open source education - making technology available to all, and it's a very exciting development. Having worked my way halfway through The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman, it's also frightening - but inexorable I imagine. This is the future - and from a US point of view, we need to acknowledge it. Not only should we ensure ubiquitous computing within our own borders, we should also allow technology to transform education as it has transformed so many other industries. Currently we're using technology as an overlay, which has proven ineffective - we need to let the use of technology in education reflect the real world. At the very least we need to make sure that each student has his or her own computer - the national recommendation of 4 students per computer was obviously not the recommendation of someone who's had to share a computer with three other people in their office.

Best of luck to Negroponte's effort - it's a wonderful initiative, and I hope we in the US heed a similar call for ubiquity within our borders.

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