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Re: [olpc-software] age target?



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Joshua N Pritikin wrote:

> "better in the 3rd world"?  Ha! Here's an example. Do you know how they
> are teaching multiplication in Maharashtra?  Children are expected to
> memorize multiplication tables _in_sequence_ and recite them like a
> song.  So:
> 
> 1x1=1, 1x2=2, 1x3=3, 1x4=4, etc
> 2x1=2, 2x2=4, 2x3=6, 2x4=8, etc
> 
> What will probably happen with OLPC is that these teachers will devise
> software to teach multiplcation _in_the_same_way_.  Farfetched?  You are
> invited to watch a VCD I found which presents multiplication tables to
> music.

Surely you don't mean that the OLPC does not have the momentum to
generate content which will allow the contents of the curricula to be
taught in some other format. What normally happens is that learning
projects which are computer based (I don't like to tag them as Computer
Based Learning) generally tend to 'mimic' the regular MO of teaching in
classroom.

Rgds
SM


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