Remote Tutoring using OLPC

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Remote Tutoring using OLPC

Postby akimbomidget » Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:42 am

Don't you think the XO can be used to help connect a western school student, to a lower year student in another country to act as volunteer tutor and mentor?

One way to go about this is to create a web conferencing website, where xo users can come to obtain bored students to receive some help.

Studies has shown that students learn more if they teach another person about the same topic. This is obvious as the tutor has to know his/her stuff, if the tutor/mentor is to teach well.

It also helps ensure that students from developing countries, are getting the fullest education they need.

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Remote_tutoring


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Btw... it doesn't have to be restricted to western student tutoring students in other places. The students from the same country or even the same school can be made to tutor each other.

Perhaps this would be even more effective, if you can create a point like system. Where at a certain period of each day, the classroom is expected to be ready to help another student out from another classroom. If the student found the virtual tutor to be useful, then the student can give that tutor a point. This point can then be spent on virtual items, or customizing their personal OLPC webpage.
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Re: Remote Tutoring using OLPC

Postby ncarrol » Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:47 am

The rudiments of this exist.

The XO has several activities that can be shared. For example, Memory Activity can be used to create custom flashcards, which the tutor can load and then share and monitor the student's answers. The Browse activity has an element of sharing in "bookmarks" where the tutor can lead the student through documents on the web. The Write Activity allows communication with pasting of documents for examination. Of course, books and full courses can be downloaded. Many universities offer free access to courses on the web. There is a Video Chat Activity under development where messages can be written on the screen while the video is displaying.

The simplest way to share on the internet is to set your "Mesh Server" (control panel) to one of the many existing jabbers (example: jabber.laptop.org) and the XO's sharing activities can share over the internet.

The next step up is a school server situated on the internet for general use. I am not aware of any school server open for general use.

You might be interested in a server where example custom Memory Activities can be download with the XO: Flashcard Exchange. http://xoshare.org/card Other documents can be uploaded and downloaded on the server in the same way.

These are crude tools, but they exist and available to any XO on the internet.
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Re: Remote Tutoring using OLPC

Postby kelly7898 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:23 am

akimbomidget wrote:Don't you think the XO can be used to help connect a western school student, to a lower year student in another country to act as volunteer tutor and mentor?

One way to go about this is to create a web conferencing website, where xo users can come to obtain bored students to receive some help.

Studies has shown that students learn more if they teach another person about the same topic. This is obvious as the tutor has to know his/her stuff, if the tutor/mentor is to teach well.

It also helps ensure that students from developing countries, are getting the fullest education they need.

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Remote_tutoring


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Btw... it doesn't have to be restricted to western student tutoring students in other places. The students from the same country or even the same school can be made to tutor each other.

Perhaps this would be even more effective, if you can create a point like system. Where at a certain period of each day, the classroom is expected to be ready to help another student out from another classroom. If the student found the virtual tutor to be useful, then the student can give that tutor a point. This point can then be spent on virtual items, or customizing their personal OLPC webpage.


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Re: Remote Tutoring using OLPC

Postby johnmite123 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:48 am

The same entrepreneurial idea can feed development, using the OLPC technology instead of (or possibly in addition to) cell phones and PVs.....
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