Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I always believed that being the youngest boy in the class I had an advantage over others because I get to learn what my age group learns a year earlier.
But recently I realized it is not always true.
I would have been at an advantage provided I learned with the present set and competed with my age group set.
In general in any class you have a deviation of one year from the mean. This difference can be a lot when you are an outlier in the set.
Since you know this now its time you can decide which set you want to compete with. Winning is about mitigating failure.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
The One Laptop Per Child Association, Inc. (OLPC) is a U.S. non-profit organization set up to oversee the creation of an affordable educational device for use in the developing world. Its mission is "To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning." Its current focus is on the development, construction and deployment of the XO-1 laptop.
The goal of the foundation is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves. To that end, OLPC is designing a laptop, educational software, manufacturing base, and distribution system to provide children outside of the first-world with otherwise unavailable technological learning opportunities.
OLPC lists five core principles:
- Child ownership
- Low ages. Both hardware and software are designed for elementary school children ages 6-12.
- Free and open source