The “Magic” School Bus

The other night on NBC Nightly News was a story of a man with a plan – a plan to use that wasted time on the schoolbus in the morning and put some technology to better use. As it ran on TV.

But, online they have a somewhat extended video that talks a bit more with the kids about their experiences.
Sorry for the links and no embedded video, but apparently wordpress.com things MSNBC videos are dangerous and keeps stripping them from this post.

Billy Hudson, from Vanderbilt University deserves a gold star for his efforts in putting that time on the schoolbus to use through eLearning sites and podcasts. Hopefully school districts will take note of what is being done and decide to make some similar modifications on their own. This should serve as evidence of how feasible it is to get some sort of mLearning into use. Look closely and you can see some of OLPC’s XO machines.

By the way – TeacherJay was going to post on this earlier, but he was too casual in his conversations and he got beat to the punch. Thanks, Allan, really, thanks =P

Give One Get One Extended

TeacherJay is a big fan of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project that has the goal of creating affordable and rugged wireless laptop computers to be used as educational tools for children in developing third-world nations. He has posted on them previously. Their Give One Get One campaign in which a donor is able to purchase 1 machine for a child in a developing nation and, in recognition, receive a second for that special child in their life. They recently announced that the program will be extended until December 31.

To learn more about the program, click here.

To learn more about the One Laptop Per Child project, click here.

Kindle

Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon.com, is debuting their newest product, the Kindle, a small paperback-sized electronic book reader. Could this device be the improvement to the book? Even Bezos comments that the book is elegant and ponders if it is even possible to improve upon it. In today’s post, TeacherJay takes a look at the development of eBook readers and has a few words for the practical use of the devices. Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential

Bill Gates has appeared in a YouTube video praising Microsoft’s supposed goal to:

“bring the benefits of technology to people in a meaningful and relevant way to help address the diverse social and economic issues they face and to foster an environment where people make the most of their skills and abilities.”

These may seem some altruistic goals on the surface and something that TeacherJay agrees with, but today’s post takes a look at the video and some of the reasons to be cautious of Billy Boy’s address. Read the rest of this entry »

One Laptop Per Child

Wouldn’t it be great if every child, everywhere, had her or his own laptop computer to use? Not just any laptop, but one specifically designed for children that was rugged enough to withstand harsh environments, did not need constant software upgrades and had an operating system that was easy to learn and came packed with educational software. Well, that is the goal of the One Laptop Per Child project and they already have a few prototypes out there. Today’s post looks not just at the organization, but also at the new possibilities their success may bring and the consequences it could have for some of the world’s poorest people.
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