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Feb 28 2013
By Julián Cristia*
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program aims to improve education by providing one laptop to each primary-age child in the poorest areas in the world. The program has been implemented in 42 countries and more than 2 million laptops have been distributed. Complementary inputs, including training and support, are typically included in each deployment. The initiative has been especially popular in our region. In fact, 80% of OLPC laptops purchased worldwide have been distributed in Latin America and the Caribbean. The two leading cases are Uruguay, where virtually every primary schoolchild has received a laptop, and Peru, the largest purchaser of these laptops worldwide. However, OLPC is just the tip of the iceberg. If we also include laptops produced by private firms (such as Intel), current plans aim to distribute about 7 million laptops to public schools in the region (Severín and Capota, 2011). Read more…
Jan 4 2013
By Agustín Cáceres*
When I was a child, my school days were sometimes fairly boring. Long classes, presentations, homework… Probably that is why, when I travelled to Chiapas (Mexico) to coordinate a number activities to educate almost 4,000 kids about healthy habits to prevent Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), I only had one thing in mind: Let’s try to make it as fun as possible. Read more…
Oct 2 2012
Published by: Guest blogger
By Nadia Mireles
The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement began over 10 years ago. In 2007, the (OECD) warned that educational institutions should consider the risk to ignore OER. In 2012, only a few years later, the movement has gain its great momentum. Just a few recent advances proves it:
Sep 24 2012
One of the major challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) today revolves around issues of youth violence. LAC is the only region globally that had an increasing trend in the number of homicides between 1995 and 2010, according to a UNODC Global Study on Homicides. LAC also has the second highest rate of youth violence in the world. In the LAC region, the dialogue around security and addressing youth violence is ongoing and it is clear that there is no straight forward answer. One of the prominent approaches considered is a multidisciplinary or multisectoral approach, understanding that no one sector (such as education or health) can fix the myriad of factors that can negatively impact youth and expose them to greater risks.
Jul 25 2012
As mentioned in my blog from October 19, 2011 regarding overcoming boredom and challenging assumptions, Project-Based Learning (PBL) is one approach with positive results in engaging students in the learning process, increasing motivation and improving performance in school. For students in such programs, going to school means working on real world problems, such as building and racing electric cars, snorkeling to survey coral reefs or advancing research on single-celled organisms. The video above provides a glimpse of Project-Based Learning in action.