Building a smarter computing culture in Fargo, ND
The 10 things (9 actually, 10 is left blank) synch pretty nicely with OLPC / Sugar principles, especially:
1. Don’t expect test scores to improve. What we’ve been doing with kids (Turtle, Physics, Etoys) doesn’t show up on the tests.
2. What happens outside of school is more important than what happens inside of school. We believe this whole heartedly, but the SoaS keeps failing for kids at home. At one school, 2 or 3 out of 12 had some luck with SoaS at home. Second school, one of 12.
3. Not all kids are digital natives. We are working to reduce the digital divide in Fargo, and while some of the kids in our programs are what Prensky and others might call digital natives, they don’t all wear that label.