[IAEP] NN, Mitra, and the role of the teacher

Caroline Meeks caroline at solutiongrove.com
Thu Oct 28 18:21:00 EDT 2010

On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 4:34 AM, Christoph Derndorfer <
e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:

> Zitat von John Watlington <wad at laptop.org>:
>  There is no argument that a great teacher influences many
>> children in the right direction.
>> But such an effort to improve teachers is completely orthogonal
>> (i.e. independent) to both Sugar and OLPC.   Better teachers
>> are needed whether or not the kids get laptops.

In this community we never say "We need better kids".  We believe that all
kids can learn and we believe that with constructivist tools and
collaborative learning  they have the potential to go from where they are to
anywhere and everywhere.

But we take the same people, just 10 or 20 years older and we say.  "These
teachers are not good enough, we need better teachers".    Why do we not
believe in the potential for constructivist tools and collaborative learning
to help the adults currently in the classrooms
become extraordinary teachers?

> +1
>  Should OLPC or Sugar Labs consider developing and disseminating, this
>>> teaching style, and a curriculum for training teachers?
>> "The teachers must be trained first" is a line frequently used to
>> delay deploying the laptops.
>> Presenting it with Sugar or OLPC would be a disservice, IMO.
>> Sugar and OLPC have the most to offer in classrooms where
>> the teachers are horrible or missing.
> Where have you seen evidence of this?
> Thanks,
> Christoph
> --
> Christoph Derndorfer
> co-editor, olpcnews
> url: www.olpcnews.com
> e-mail: christoph at olpcnews.com
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