If you buy it, kids will learn

   January 3, 2013 1:44 pm    0

 

A recent article that circulated on the Internet detailed how kids in Ethiopia, who had never seen electronic devices, managed to pick up a tablet and learn. This is no surprise to anyone who has kids. Here’s the full article from Spiegel online international.

Give a kid a phone, and they will find a way to get to fun stuff, or make your current apps work for them — no matter how old they are. The article tells the fascinating tale of the town of of Wenchi, which has no electricity or running water. The nearest school is more than 7 miles away. Kids aged 8 to 10 were given portable tablets touchscreens that fire up with cool letters of the alphabet wearing baseball caps and singing.

Matt Keller, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, set out to prove that children can learn independently and without instruction, and it’s working in Wenchi and another town. The project called “One Laptop per Child” is seeing success. It raises possibilities for education all over the world.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

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