Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
The project is building on the initial successes of the 2010 launch of OLPC in Lubang. Currently, eKindling is working with the Mayor on the next round of funding for 110 XO laptops. Meanwhile, the Governor of the province saw the glow in the faces of the Lubang community members, especially the 95 grade school students. A bigger deployment (550 more laptops) in 4 other municipalities is underway.
As Ryan wrote:
“In partnership with former employees of the National Computer Center, the municipality of Lubang and OLPC Friends, eKindling is working towards bringing the transformative benefits of XO laptops and innovative learning practices to the children of Lubang Integrated School and Maligaya Elementary School.
During eKindling's first assessment visit to the island, Tessa Yuvienco and I observed the massive potential and innate talents that each student and educator possessed despite the absence of learning technologies in the classroom.
However, this goes beyond injecting learning technologies into classrooms. According to Mayor Johhny Sanchez of Lubang, this is about developing a "champion mentality" in the youth, the self-realization that they are super-children that can be the managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
We understand that the XO laptop is a tool, and we need to train the educators on how to facilitate learning with it. Selected educators will undergo a training/support program that will enable them to use the XO laptop and its learning activities to its full potential.
This is part of the bigger picture of community building. Thus, involving the parent-teacher association and other community members early in the process is integral to the success and sustainability of the program.”
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
While the online academy and learning portal would be hosted in http://ekindling.edu20.org, our sights are set on tapping into the expanding global learners and educators by using a mesh of collaborative teaching/learning platforms that interconnect via the social web, e.g. Google Apps, Facebook, edu20.org, ning.com.