Presentation on theme: "One Laptop Per Child – Algebra 1 in Simple English Wiki–Textbook/Moodle What is the OLPC Laptop Project? What is the latest news in the OLPC Laptop Project?"— Presentation transcript:
One Laptop Per Child – Algebra 1 in Simple English Wiki–Textbook/Moodle What is the OLPC Laptop Project? What is the latest news in the OLPC Laptop Project? Who is organizing this project? Where did this idea come from? What is a Wiki-Textbook? What is a Moodle? How is this project organized? How will the project be improved and evaluated? What will it look like when were finished? What Ive been doing since last year… Can a bunch of math teachers really write a whole math textbook? Frequently Asked Questions
What is the OLPC Laptop Project? Started development in 2000 by Nicolas Negroponte, former head/founder of MIT Media Lab and Wired Magazine (younger brother of John Negroponte) Will be mass-produced for approx. $100** for sale to developing world governments for K-12 education Current cost approx. US $180 First mass-produced laptops are being shipped starting Dec 14th Features: Linux operating system (open source) wi-fi (mesh network) 500MHz processor 128MB DRAM 500Mb Flash Memory Self-powered via crank/pedal Can do everything except store massive data
Latest News on the OLPC(X0) Laptop for sale November 12th $200 delivers a laptop to a needy student $400 delivers 2 laptops –One to a needy student –One to you
OLPC Roll-out Map – New Version Green – Pilot Countries (first round) Red – Post-Launch countries (second round) Orange – Expressed interest at Ministry of Education Level or Higher Yellow – Seeking government support
Who is organizing this project? Lisa Gehman Thorne Teacher, Math and Computer Applications at West Hollywood Community Day School, LAUSD Creator of B.S. Mathematics, UCLA M.Ed. Mathematics Education UCLA
What is a Wiki-Textbook? Wiki is server software that allows users to create and edit the same Web page from any computer on the Internet. Wikipedia is the most famous wiki, but its not the only one. A Wiki-Textbook uses that technology for a group of people to write a textbook. Our textbook will be written using Wiki, but that is not where students will use it. They will use it on a Moodle. Our book is currently hosted at en.wikibooks.org, but will be moved to simple.wikibooks.org so that it will be near other projects written in Simple English. I will demonstrate how to add content at the end of the presentation.
What is Moodle is a free, Open Source course management system (CMS). It can: –Give assignments, –Keep track of student progress, –Facilitate communication between students and with the teacher, –automatically grades multiple- choice assignments and tests. You can download and use it on any computer (including webhosts) It can scale from a single-teacher site to a 50,000- student University. All work doesnt have to be on a computer to use a Moodle. It is an organizational tool. ?
What will our Non-Hosted Version Organize the curriculum for the student Provide –problems, –tutorials, and –games to teach the content Allow students to correct their work Provide self-correcting tests and quizzes Provide a curriculum for students whose teachers dont know how to teach Algebra Hosted Versions (Phase 3) Hosted by volunteer teachers all over the world Teachers can change the curriculum order to meet their district guidelines Teachers can invite foreign students to join their regular class Teachers can host an all- foreign class eventually do?
Who is going to do What and When? – Phase 1 Everybody and anybody… 1.Put word problems and assemble standard problems into order of difficulty onto the wiki-textbook, concentrating on the first chapters. 2.Submit suggestions for a domain name. 3.Incorporate all problems for which tutorials have already been published on HSTutorials.net. 4.Pursue grant money/institutional funding for a stand-alone website. Lisa Thorne and a few volunteers… 1.Decide on a domain name for our project. 2.Once the first chapters are finished, they will be posted on a Moodle anyone can use. 3.Until we have funding, the domain name will redirect to extra server space for one of my websites (probably 4.Pursue grant money/institutional funding for a stand-alone website.
Who is going to do What and When? – Phase 2 Everybody and anybody… 1.Test-drive the Moodle themselves or along with their students. 2.Keep writing word problems and ordering standard problems until we finish the bare-bones version of the textbook. Lisa Thorne and a few volunteers… Post chapters on the Moodle as they are completed. Implement a ratings strategy (Read: The Wisdom of Crowds) –Standard and word problems Difficulty (low, med, high) Importance to topic (low, med high) –Word problems Language complexity –Tutorials Speech clarity Language simplicity Download speed Helpfulness
Who is going to do What and When? – Phase 3 Everybody and anybody… 1.Rate problems and tutorials on the moodle. 2.Tell their friends and neighbors. Lisa Thorne and more than a few volunteers… Record tutorials Teach/facilitate an actual class of international students
What will it look like when were finished? Heres the current mock-up of the student/user interface Heres an example of a narrated tutorial in simple English These links are both at the top of the page of
Can a bunch of math teachers really write a whole math textbook? Sure, why not!?! –Read The Wisdom Of Crowds by James Surowiecki –It suggests that our book could be significantly better than any book made by a small group of experts. Other scientists routinely collaborate in large numbers on large projects –450 scientist credited for the top quark theory Linux operating system continues to be written by volunteer computer programmers
Can a bunch of math teachers really write a whole math textbook? Most of us compose example problems for our classes every day. Publishing a textbook is risky, but writing one is not. –Online textbooks are easier to write because they can always be corrected. These students are better off with our imperfect textbook than without.
Frequently Asked Questions What does Simple English mean? How is this project connected to OLPC? What about wiki-vandalism? What about controversies over curriculum order? How do I participate? Can I take a leadership role?
What does Simple English mean? Simple English is also called Basic English BE850 is a list of the necessary 850 English words for effective communication. It was developed by Charles Kay Ogden. BE1500 is a longer list. You can enter text at and it will automatically place hyperlinks to Wiktionary You can practice writing in Simple English by contributing or editing articles in Simple.Wikipedia.org You can avoid the issue by just writing math problems without words.
How is this project connected to One Laptop Per Child? Its not. Its potential is even bigger than that. Our website is for anyone in the world with a basic English vocabulary. It is how I got the idea. At the ISTE conference in 05, Negroponte asked for teachers to start developing content. It could be used by any school that didnt want to buy traditional textbooks (even yours!)
What about wiki-vandalism? Wikis can be vandalized, but administrators can always restore them and lock out URLs. (Note: Wikipedia cannot be edited from LAUSD schools for this reason.) Students will work the course through the Moodle, which is not vulnerable to vandalism.
What about controversies over curriculum order? This textbook can easily be turned into several textbooks. For example, we could have: –one that teaches polynomial factoring after graphing lines (like McDougall/Littel) –and one that teaches polynomial factoring first (like Dolciani) There is no reason to be thrown off course by the small things we disagree about.
How do I participate? 1.Go to _Algebra_1_in_Simple_Englishhttp://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/OLPC_- _Algebra_1_in_Simple_English (or link through 2.Register (so we can communicate) 3.Start adding problems! 4.Spread the word –Blogs –Letters to the editor in education magazines –Department meetings –Math cadre I will now show you just how easy it is!
Can I take a leadership role? You betcha! Make this presentation to other teachers. –This Powerpoint can be downloaded from –Modify the presentation with my blessings! Write an article about it for a teaching publication Talk to teachers in other subject areas about starting their own Simple English Wiki-Moodle Projects Celebrate imperfect progress! I am specifically looking for people who want to make this presentation to math teaching organizations in other states.