Exploratory study of how teachers educate with XO computers: : A case study in rural Mozambique
2012 (English)Other (Other academic)
The OLPC project has been known to supply young students in poor developing countries with computer (the XO-laptops). The laptops are meant to be an educational tool that can help prevent poverty and illiteracy. The pedagogical method approach that OLPC organization encourages is the constructivism. The OLPC encourages teachers and students to us a constructivism approach to learning, meaning that the students takes control of his or her learning and is not dependent on the teacher to learn.
However, studies have shown that teachers needs more knowledge on how to teach with the XO- computers in education. Therefore, this study seeks to answer to the question to how teachers educate with the XO-computers. The study also asks if teacher find the XO-computers effective to learning. Lastly the teachers evaluate the possibility to change the content in the computers.
Two semi-constructed telephone interviews, were conducted with two teachers currently teaching with the XO-computers in a rural village in Mozambique, in order to find answers to the questions.
The results indicate that the teachers are using an instructional way of teaching. Furthermore, the teachers are satisfied with the computers effects on learning and there seems to no need to change the content in the computers. It is likely that the constructivist approach advocated by OLPC organization may not be applied in similar contexts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
one-to-one computing, olpc, 1-to1, ict and pedagogy
Research subject Informatics and System Science; IT and learning; Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-89025DiVA: diva2:615230