Illiterate Ethiopian Kids Hack PCs

“What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they’ll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.”

Here’s the link to the full article: http://dvice.com/archives/2012/10/ethiopian-kids.php

It’s fascinating, really, and a testament to the power and creativity of the human brain. These are kids who’d never seen a word. Literally. Here’s something that stood out to me; “What the OLPC Project has realized over the last five or six years, though, is that teaching kids stuff is really not that valuable. Yes, knowing all your state capitols how to spell “neighborhood” properly and whatnot isn’t a bad thing, but memorizing facts and procedures isn’t going to inspire kids to go out and learn by teaching themselves, which is the key to a good education.”

So basically I’m going to toss out the grammar and Latin and buy all my kids iPads.

I’m kidding.

Maybe.

Heading off to the app store,

Brieana

 

 

 

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