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

'$100 laptop' begins production

They’re starting to make them. I’ve read quite a few reports, such as CNET’s that goes on to comment on other low cost laptops. What really interests me, though, is the interface and the fairly radical approach to learning that the OLPC brings. It’s not really the hardware (interesting though that is), it’s the software…

Alt-C 2007 – Day 1

I’m now in Nottingham at ALT-C – which is a much larger conference than I’ve got used to! There are people everywhere – and a choice of 9 sessions to attend each time. The first Keynote was Michele Selinger (link to Elluminate recording), who spoke about a range of different “chasms” – and how we…

New report shows increased use of internet by women and older people

Graham Attwell summarises Ofcom’s recent report into online usage. The actual report is very long & covers radio and television as well as Internet. (I heard this morning on the news that TV usage is down 4% & radio 2%, while Internet is up (c.150%); I’m assuming this survey was the source. Some care does…

Global Action Week for Education – April 23rd – 29th

Following on from my post about the $100 laptops (and linking to quite a few of the comments in Will Richardson’s post)… As quite a few of you know, I spent over two years in Papua New Guinea, working with children with disabilities (on page 4, you’ll see an article about Imelda – who I…

$100 laptop – in the hands of kids

They’ve finally started getting into the hands of children. The post is worth reading, as they’re commenting on the article that most other bloggers have linked to C|NET’s set of photos. Will Richardson’s comments have triggered an interesting debate on his site, looking at the pedagogy, whether or not they should extend the project to…

The Gapminder World 2006

Fascinating! From the Google labs. There are a number of variables that can be graphed against each other (e.g. Child mortality, population, Internet Users) – scales can be linear or logarithmic. The size of dot for each country can also be related to one of the statistical measures & finally the colour can be set…

Did you know …

Scott McLeod has uploaded several versions of Karl Fisch’s presentation “Did you know?”. I’m currently using a PC that’s not got sound, I’m not sure what extra you’d get with sound, but the Powerpoint slides have the main information on (and, they’ve done it with limited text on each slide :)). It’s US-centric, (though England…

OLPC Human Interface Guidelines

Interface Guidelines for OLPC . A wiki, that’s clearly still being worked on, as some areas are just notes. Though still very much in note stages, I like the idea of the Journal – and I can see it tying in well with the “PLE” computer use I’d like to get students to move towards….