What Happens When ALL Students and Teachers Have XO Laptops?


Every public school student and teacher in Uruguay now has a free laptop. How is this changing education -- and what might this mean for the broader society?

Alicia Casas de Barran, the Director of the National Archives of Uruguay, will share experiences from what has been called the world's most radical country-wide introduction of educational technologies: Uruguay's Plan Ceibal.

She will talk about the remarkable genesis of this project, the obstacles it has faced, and the emerging successes and challenges as the project enters its third year. She will share insights on how Uruguay is seeking to digitize its cultural heritage as part of Plan Ceibal, and how the physical architecture of schools is being re-imagined in an age where all children have their own personal computing devices, connected to the Internet -- and to each other.

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