[plug] Fwd: [Linux-aus] $11.7m for OLPC Australia in the federal govt budget

Gavin Chester gavin.chester at gmail.com
Mon May 14 00:13:15 WST 2012

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On 09/05/12 10:07, Shanon Loughton wrote:
> awesome!

... except my cynicism about this program was confirmed by an
extensive (?) study of Sth American roll outs (I think) of OLPC
wherein they found zero effect on educational outcomes from the OLPC
program (you can see my memory is hazy, but you can search for it).
I'm a full time school teacher and know that introducing technology
(IWB, ICT, etc) makes administrators feel good, but does nothing for
learning if not backed by educational programs that maximise whatever
gain the tech is supposed to offer. Obvious really, but that has been
the achille's heel of OLPC and will continue to be so with any tech in


> On 9 May 2012 01:28, James Bromberger <james at rcpt.to 
> <mailto:james at rcpt.to>> wrote:
> Dear all, Thought you may be interested in this...
> -------- Original Message -------- Date: 	Wed, 9 May 2012 11:03:26
> +1000 From: 	Sridhar Dhanapalan <sridhar at dhanapalan.com> 
> <mailto:sridhar at dhanapalan.com>
> "The Australian Government is providing over $11 million to
> support the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Program which will deliver
> over 50,000 custom built laptops to primary students in regional
> and remote Australia as part of a 12 month pilot program. The OLPC
> Australia Organisation (OLPC Australia) aims to support the
> learning opportunities of indigenous children, particularly those
> in remote Australia, by providing primary school aged children with
> a connected XO laptop as part of a sustainable training and support
> program. Participating schools will also receive information and
> communications technology (ICT) coordinator professional
> development, local repair kits, and access to helpdesk and online
> support."
> http://blog.laptop.org/2012/05/08/australian-brilliance-government-12m-pilot/
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