Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani
Making learning visible in the context of 1:1 learning
Close to two million children in more than 40 countries around the world have received a XO laptop. Those laptops represent the deep commitment by a group of politicians, community leaders, and educators to implement disruptive large-scale education reform initiatives that will advance their countries into the twenty first century and prepare their children for interconnected global creative knowledge economies. The expectation for the success of these initiatives is high, and local stakeholders as well as numerous international organizations look to these bold experiments with cautious optimism. These programs hold the promise to radically expand and realize the learning and creative potentials of entire nations at all societal levels. As such, arguably, one of the greatest challenges facing these initiatives is in designing and implementing mechanisms that help make the outcomes visible, understandable and actionable by all audiences. In the presentation I will talk about different initiatives being developed by OLPC at different levels: at the meta level to understand impact across nations and learn about the emerging developments in the different programs; at the mezzo level to allow stakeholders understand the development of the program in their countries and their schools; and the micro level to help teachers and students understand emerging learning and progress by children over a given period of time.