I call on us, the OLPC community of geeks, parents, believers, to pick up the Constructionist ideas where OLPC has left off - at the local implementation level. Personally, I find the idea of co-learning with others through the XO very compelling and want to make sure that learning together is central to effective educational uses for XO technology.
Here in Washington DC, I'd like to announce the OLPC Learning Club, a local group of XO laptop enthusiasts committed to co-learning, hacking, and expanding the One laptop Per Child computational experience.
OLPC LC/DC has three simple goals:
- co-learning on the XO - be it with each other, our children, or other interested parties.
- hacking the XO - add new activities, actions, and uses from software to case mods.
- expanding the XO - both the concept of expanding its uses but also expanding its audience and users
Just to be clear, OLPC Learning Club - Washington DC is independent from the One Laptop Per Child organization. It's a grassroots effort to make change happen without hubris.