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1 The One Laptop per Child Australia Program Tracy Richardson


3 Core Principles Child Ownership Low AgesSaturationConnection Free and Open Source Empowering Teachers Community Engagement





8 Ownership Tracy Richardson

9 Core Principles Child Ownership Low AgesSaturationConnection Free and Open Source Empowering Teachers Community Engagement



12 AdultChild TechniciansTeachersCreatorsConsumers

13 AdultChild TechniciansTeachersCreatorsCollaborator

14 What doesnt work XOs are unassigned to students and the children choose one from a rack in an occasional XO lesson The teacher is the knowledge bank and repair station Lessons that produce identical products from each student XOs are used predominantly as a free time reward Why? -The laptop isnt theirs -No history of learning -No sense of responsibility for the device and whats on it Why? -Its unmanageable -Collective class knowledge is much richer than yours alone Why? -The XO is designed for creativity and expression -There may be a place for direct instruction and rote learning but the XO is not designed for it Why? -If the XO is a reward for learning, then is must mean it isnt learning itself -A teacher generally doesnt value what is produced during free time

15 Having one each means that there is no sharing or taking turns, and all students work together and help each other, sharing what they have managed to do. Laura, Maningrida, NT

16 Our class has an XO party every Friday afternoon. The original idea came from a chant XO, XO, read all about it from the original newspaper call. Then we decided that it would be fun to share our excitement and exploration with students from the senior classes – and afterwards share healthy green food; like kiwifruit, apples, grapes and melon. We began by having purely play time and we learnt from each other, from the simplest task, such as how to open the XO, through to how to take each others photographs. Trisha, Acacia Hill, NT

17 The XO-champion program has given my class a much needed positive role in the school. Students who struggle with conventional curriculum, have quickly worked through the XO-champion and XO- mechanic course and are invaluable to me in keeping 100 XOs running smoothly. Tom, Geeveston TAS

18 An XO expert class has also been set up with two to three students selected from each class. This class meets after school on Mondays… these kids will be the first to bring home their XOs and also act as teacher aids in the classroom when other kids run into trouble. Working with our AEWs we are trying to develop some memory games in Pitjantjatjara and also work on turning some of our electronic Pitjantjatjara book collection into PDFs so that they can be read on the XOs and so that the XOs cannot only help with English Literacy, but also promote first language literacy. Abigail, Amata SA

19 Observing the co-operation between children; their leaps of faith into the technological unknown; the delight/puzzlement when things did/did not go according to plan and, best of all, their sheer perseverance with a task in the face of multiple failures until they got it. Great ceremony is then made of setting them in the charging rack and plugging in the cord. Small responsibilities lead to acceptance of larger ones and a greater sense of ownership in their XOs, their care and maintenance. Sandy, Robinson River, NT

20 The shared learning and peer support that is taking place is phenomenal. On numerous occasions, the Prep/1 class were seen sharing ideas and understandings with students from the year 6/7 class. One of my favourite aspects of the XO laptops is that there are very few boundaries and learning is shared. Collette, Collinsville QLD

21 What does work? Ceremony Ask 3 before me Journaling and portfolioing which is shared and discussed Low floor, high ceiling tasks Freedom (vs free time) Shared responsibility Why? -You are explicitly communicating that the laptop and the learning that can be done on the laptop is theirs. Why? - You are acknowledging the capabilities of students and positioning yourself as a collaborator Why? - It encourages children to understand how they learn and feel proud of their achievements Why? -You dont need to know everything- just enough to get them started -Children can take their learning where it interests them Why? -Freedom tends to communicate self-directed learning where the product at the end is valued -Free time tends to communicate no learning and the product at the end is incidental Why? -Children are capable of being teachers and technicians -Self-worth and achievement

22 The XO-expert Program


24 Why?

25 XO-certified training Complete XO-certified Program XO-expert Training Additional 5-10 hours of online training (Advanced XO skills, Project, OLPC Training Framework) Begin Training Design local training programs using the resources available online Connect with other XO-experts to exchange resources Keep OLPC Australia in the loop, request certification from OLPC Australia Sustain Identify other potential XO-experts and support them to become local trainers


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