Category: Digital Divide – Majority World/Gender/etc.

Raspberry Pi vs ZX 81

My first computer was a ZX 81 – cost £69.95 (assuming Wikipedia’s correct; I can’t remember!) That’s c £236 (This is Money) or 0.3% of an average house (House Price Crash). Came with 1kb of memory (expandable to 16kb) – Operating System & Keyboard inc; monitor required (monochrome output). The Raspberry Pi goes on sale…

ALT-C 2009 (2)

One of the sessions I attended was the Online Identity workshop run by Frances Bell, Josie Fraser, James Clay & Helen Keegan. As usual from that crowd it was interactive, thought provoking & they’d set up an accompanying Wiki. They started off by asking us to write our names on a postit. Trustingly we all…

$10 laptop?

I’ve written several times about the OLPC (aka $100 laptop) – and have one. (I like curiouslee’s viewfinder for it!) There is now a plan in India to create a $10 laptop – which they intend to launch at India’s National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technologies The BBC’s report did note that they…

OLPC getting going

I’m working on the OLPC now. I’ve beenable to get it on line at home, though not at work. it’s got a range of inbuilt activities, the most exciting probably being the acoustic measure, which lets you measure the distance between 2 OLPCs. Shame I’ve not got another to test it with! I’m rapidly coming…

OLPC Education Project Should Take an Opportunity to Learn

Wayan Vota makes some comments on a Wall Street Journal article about the OLPC. He comments, as I’ve said before, that it’s not just the hardware. It’s the software that’s worth looking at (See Alexandre van de Sande’s post about the interface; a very clear explanation – emphasising the community aspects of learning) We aren’t…

Reconsidering Digital Immigrants…

Henry Jenkins looks again at the “Digital Immigrants/ Digital Natives” debate. Jenkins points out: Talking about youth as digital natives implies that there is a world which these young people all share and a body of knowledge they have all mastered, rather than seeing the online world as unfamiliar and uncertain for all of us….