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DVICE: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

DVICE: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.

 

The One Laptop Per Child project started as a way of delivering technology and resources to schools in countries with little or no education infrastructure, using inexpensive computers to improve traditional curricula. What the OLPC Project has realized over the last five or six years, though, is that teaching kids stuff is really not that valuable. Yes, knowing all your state capitols how to spell "neighborhood" properly and whatnot isn't a bad thing, but memorizing facts and procedures isn't going to inspire kids to go out and learn by teaching themselves, which is the key to a good education. Instead, OLPC is trying to figure out a way to teach kids to learn, which is what this experiment is all about.

 

Rather than give out laptops (they're actually Motorola Zoom tablets plus solar chargers running custom software) to kids in schools with teachers, the OLPC Project decided to try something completely different: it delivered some boxes of tablets to two villages in Ethiopia, taped shut, with no instructions whatsoever. Just like, "hey kids, here's this box, you can open it if you want, see ya!"

 

Just to give you a sense of what these villages in Ethiopia are like, the kids (and most of the adults) there have never seen a word. No books, no newspapers, no street signs, no labels on packaged foods or goods. Nothing. And these villages aren't unique in that respect; there are many of them in Africa where the literacy rate is close to zero. So you might think that if you're going to give out fancy tablet computers, it would be helpful to have someone along to show these people how to use them, right?

 

But that's not what OLPC did. They just left the boxes there, sealed up, containing one tablet for every kid in each of the villages (nearly a thousand tablets in total), pre-loaded with a custom English-language operating system and SD cards with tracking software on them to record how the tablets were used. Here's how it went down, as related by OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte at MIT Technology Review's EmTech conference last week:

 

"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

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To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated

To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
You need more than just critical analysis skills—you need to value using them.
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Category:Creativity Techniques - Mycoted

This A to Z of Creativity and Innovation Techniques, provides an introduction to a range of tools and techniques for both idea generation (Creativity) and converting those ideas into reality (Innovation). Like most tools these techniques all have their good and bad points. I like to think of these creativity and innovation techniques as tools in a toolbox in much the same way as my toolbox at home for DIY. It has a saw, spanner, hammer, knife and all sorts of other things in it, they are all very useful, but you have to pick the right tool (creativity / Innovation technique) for each job.
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Redefining "failure"

Redefining "failure" | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
" Joe Girard The elevator to success is ou " ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ) by  symphony of love Success is the exception, not the rule. This ide
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5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity - InformED

5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity - InformED | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Do you still think doodling is a waste of time? Does it mean someone isn’t paying attention? Well, it’s time to change your mind. Doodling and drawing can actually help you process, retain, and share information. Doodling and Memory According to a 2009 study by professor of Psychology, Jackie Andrade, doodling while listening to information... Read More
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Why Creativity?

Why Creativity? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Is creativity important, and specifically is it so in teaching and learning? My short answer,  “Yes”. I would argue that without creativity there is the danger of not challenging what we do and why we do it. Possibly to go blindly along with what we are told without question for we have no drive, no…
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Teach 'problem solving' to produce engineers, schools urged - BBC News

Teach 'problem solving' to produce engineers, schools urged - BBC News | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
A focus on "playful experimentation" will boost learning, says the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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Move Over Tablets? This Tech Could Be The Future Of Learning | Co.Design

Move Over Tablets? This Tech Could Be The Future Of Learning | Co.Design | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Fluid dynamics are a lot cooler when you can see them at work with your own eyes.
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Freelance State of Mind: creativity’s impact on our mental wellbeing - Design Week

Freelance State of Mind: creativity’s impact on our mental wellbeing - Design Week | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Whether you’re drawing, fanaticising over comics or exploring films, engaging your creativity can have a positive impact on mental health, says Ben Tallon.
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The power of protest art: DIY creations inspired by Donald Trump - Design Week

The power of protest art: DIY creations inspired by Donald Trump - Design Week | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
W attended the latest London rally opposed to President Trump’s UK state visit and spoke to protesters about the placards they had created.
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Why are fewer students taking on art and design at university? - Design Week

Why are fewer students taking on art and design at university? - Design Week | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
The latest figures from UCAS show a big drop in students taking up art and design compared to 2016 - we look at why this has happened.
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Meet the kids who think for themselves - BBC News

Meet the kids who think for themselves - BBC News | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
A new learning technique is driving results up in UK schools.
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11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about

11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers. It’s one of those ineffable things that’s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. It’s also the driving force for so many of us, to the point where we’ve created an entire …
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Strategies for Creative Teaching | ROSS LAIRD

Strategies for Creative Teaching | ROSS LAIRD | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Teaching (in its various forms) is one of the most influential roles in society. After parenting, it is perhaps the most crucial, for all ages. And yet, teaching — whether to children or adults — is a profession in which few practitioners have any substantial training. Some instructors have certificates or degrees in teaching, but there’s so much to know about the subject that most good instructors pick up their best skills after training, in the field, thinking on their feet and trying to keep learners awake.
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The Art of Creativity | Taika Waititi | TEDxDoha

Taika Waititi is a visual artist, actor, writer and director hailing from the Raukokore region of New Zealand. His short film Two Cars, One Night wa
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10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox

10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Creativity is a process, and you can guide students to develop theirs with a set of tools for different situations.
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Creativity

Student project at School of Visual Arts. A visual essay on a segment of an interview by NOWNESS with René Redzepi, who talks about what creativity means.
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Academic Presenter

Academic Presenter | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Academic Presenter is professional presentation software designed by academicians for academicians to elevate presentations’ quality to the next level
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Freelance State of Mind: is university really the only option?

Freelance State of Mind: is university really the only option? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Illustrator Ben Tallon looks at how rising tuition fees are deterring budding creative students, and asks whether short courses could be just as valuable.
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WHAT CAUSES CREATIVITY

what causes creativity... 1. Confidence 2. Observation 3. Humility 4. Mindfulness 5. Curiosity 6. Resourcefulness 7. Energy 8. Action
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The last things that will make us uniquely human

The last things that will make us uniquely human | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
In a few decades, AI will outstrip many of the abilities we believe make us special. This is a grand challenge for our age, argues researcher Viktor Mayer-Schonberger.
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Michael DiTullo Design Tutorials

Michael DiTullo Design Tutorials | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Home page of Michael DiTullo, Chief Design Officer at Sound United and designer with 20+ years experience at Nike, Jordan, Converse, and frog design
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Fred Deakin: Young designers should experiment and "try anything" - Design Week

Fred Deakin: Young designers should experiment and "try anything" - Design Week | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
As part of our Design Week at 30 series we catch up with University of the Arts London professor of interactive digital arts Fred Deakin to talk about how design education has changed over the years.
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Creativity, Combat, Cardboard and Chaos: Boxwars - Core77

Creativity, Combat, Cardboard and Chaos: Boxwars  - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
What do you do when you're bored? When a trio of Australian friends, Hoss Siegel, Josh Spiegel and Ross Koger, found that they "had a severe lack of creativity in our lives" they decided to do something about it. Their solution: Get a bunch of friends together, build cardboard suits
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Susan Cain on Introversion

The world is full of noise and those that are the loudest are the ones we tend to follow but what about the quiet ones? Author Susan Cain shines a spotligh
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The slow professor | University Affairs

The slow professor | University Affairs | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
The authors of a new book challenge what they call the “frantic pace” of contemporary university life.
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