[Its.an.education.project] Ivan's latest blog entry on OLPC
pj2 at groklaw.net
Thu May 15 19:34:08 CEST 2008
Bobby Powers wrote:
> Should I assume you have the presence service and sharing disabled on your
> XO (or would, if you don't have one?)
No, I don't. But I am careful as to what I choose to do on the XO. I
use it when I feel like being out there. And I know I can turn it off
whenever I feel like it.
But when I am working on my Powerbook, I very much want to be private.
If I really want privacy, I have to move to Linux. Super privacy,
Knoppic CD. My point is that I want the choice on all operating systems.
It should not be made for me.
> I think the two things getting mixed up here are learning in general, and
> learning about computers. If you're learning basic maths with the help of a
> computer program like Number Munchers, how does being able to look at the
> code help you learn math? Its even more true for learning grammar with Word
> Munchers. In these cases (and other use cases for activities on the XO),
> you're trying to teach the fundamentals of particular subjects, and
> personally I don't see how open or closed source software designed the same
> way would change the amount or the rate at which they learn those subjects.
Learning the fundamentals of math and grammar can be done with or
without a computer, and it's not in any way a creative process. More
memory work. So for that it doesn't matter.
But a child who gets an XO -- even if he or she can't get on the
Internet -- can still learn a lot, just from exploring the XO. Because
it teaches you to think, to explore, to try new things, not just to
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