One Laptop Per Child gets new life with India choosing to buy a quarter of a million computers for students throughout the country. It will be interesting to see how they decide to distribute these laptops and what operating system and software they choose to use. India has done an excellent job of training technology workers for the rest of the world. This program should provide early technology-related learning opportunities for those impacted by digital divide issues.
Teacher training is always an issue with laptop programs. Does anyone know how India plans to train their teachers for this program? What are the plans for sustaining the program?
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This YouTube video from the Digital Natives project can help students and teachers better understand how everything they are doing online is creating a digital finger print or tattoo that can be used later by someone who wants to know more about them. We need to think carefully before adding our personal thoughts and content online.
In this link, ePortfolio guru Hellen Barrett explains how to create an electronic portfolio with Word Press. I like how her portfolio can be used both for demonstrating competency as well as to create a showcase of best work.
I’m starting to believe that a blog might be the best tool for creating an ePortfolio because of its ability to enter data chronologically and use categories and tags to make it meaningful to others, including assessors. WordPress is user friendly and free of ads so it seems like a good fit. Students can submit category links to a course management system when it’s time to assess a standard.