Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Computers, Schooling, One laptop per child,

I have read for awhile about how cheap computers can help third world students jump into the modern world. The idea is that $100 networked computers can be provided to poor children in the 3rd world giving them an opportunity to educate themselves.

I am very concerned about the huge percentage of children who grow up in poverty with poor education (remember, I started my career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa).

I think technology is the salvation of education.

So, this morning, I participated in the: "One learning child. One connected child. One laptop at a time. Give one, Get One" program.

And I quote from the webiste about the XO Laptop:
One learning child. One connected child. One laptop at a time.
The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege. Between November 12 and November 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During this time, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution.


I spent $438 to contribute one and to get one. I'm interested to test it to see what it feels like and how it runs sites such as Time4Learning.com, Learning Games for Kids, SpellingCity.com and Vocabulary.co.il.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

A neglected blog

I just posted a comment onto someone's blog and it added an automatic link to my johne profile at blogger. I checked the link and discovered this blog. Which I seem to have forgotten.

It's a shame since I really needed one more blog to try and keep up on. (that was a tired sarcastic comment that slipped out). Let me do a quick review of my blogs....

Communicating with homeschoolers - This one is about our efforts to use forums, chats, newsletters, telephone support, CRMS, and blogs to both improve and streamline our communication with our current and potential members. It's over at homeschoolblogger under the name of EdMouse.

Online marketing - This about the nuts and bolts of online marketing and tracking my progress. It's at blogger and gets the most posts, I guess reflecting the fact that my last two years have been spent thinking more about marketing than educational development. Happily, I think that phase is now done.

Fun learning online - I created this blog as a way to work my ideas from the initial concept into an article. Kindof a series of rough drafts. It's also at blogger.

Web Home School - This is a group blog authored by a number of parents (all moms) about their experiences with Time4Learning. It was intended as a way to learn alot about the details of howTime4Learning fits into a homeschool day. So far, it's an amazing read although not what I initially envisaged. Plus, for some reason, it pulls no traffic or search engine rank.

Karate blog - Since I had alot of spare time and needed to spend more of it in front of a computer, I started blogging about my new sports activity. Both my sports activity and my blogging about it are taking on a life of their own. (woops, more sarcasm...)