Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani
The formidable expansion of the digital environment in our planet is perhaps one of the most challenging issues for today’s education. This new environment supports many human activities around the world. Among the multiple social changes empowered by the digital environment one of the most important is the transformation of education for new generations, who are so-called “digital natives.” Access to this digital environment raises hope for millions of students and teachers, a way to overcome ignorance and poverty. We consider it a human right, a value in itself.
The first seeds of this new complex ecosystem of knowledge were planted in many places some fifty years ago by small groups of dedicated and visionary scientists and educators. One focus of many computer scientists and physicians was the possibility of intervening in the education and rehabilitation of disabled children with the help of the new digital tools and networks.
Another was education through television, especially in the early years of childhood. Since then, computer-based tools have transformed the worlds of communication, and potentially of education, as they have become available to many populations around the world, both rich and poor.
The eighties saw the start of systematic computer deployments in schools, mostly in rich countries. But now many developing countries are having access to highly advanced digital environments with the aid of low cost portable computer equipment and communication devices. At the same time the digital environment is becoming the common ground for the learning sciences (mind, brain, and education, including brain images, online schooling, digital prostheses, etc.). We think that the future of education will depend on the increasing integration of these sciences. And education is our hope.
Academia Nacional de Educación, ARGENTINA
One Laptop Per Child Association.
Chief Education Officer.
Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Creating a Network for information about learning for educators and parents
Instituto Oral Modelo, ARGENTINA
Technology and deaf children education, excellent partners
Children of the Moon: imaging the Earth’s satellite with XO laptops
University Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
University students and social media: reflections from an empirical research
Educational issues from the viewpoint of digital and analog concepts
Making learning visible in the context of 1:1 learning
Paraguay Educa, PARAGUAY
One to one computing: reducing the knowledge gap in Paraguay
CAST, USA & Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Designing for learner variability in a digital world
A wearable optical topography system: towards brain science and education
Universidad de Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
The Meno experiment: from ancient Greece to one laptop per child