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Technology to support education in the developing world
Fall 2006 the CSE 590F seminar will focus on topics relating to how
technology can be used to support education in the developing world. A
list of papers and topics will be available soon.
The seminar will meet on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20 pm, in EEB 025. The
first meeting will be Wednesday, September 27th.
The instructor will be Richard Anderson (Anderson@cs), with assistance
of Tom Anderson (Tom@cs) and Beth Kolko (bkolko@u).
There is growing interest in applying information and computing
technology to challenges faced in the developing world. Education at
all levels is a key need. In this seminar, we will look at different
applications of technology to problems associated with education. We
are still developing a reading list, so the topics below are
- Digital Study Hall Digital Study Hall is a project in
India started by Randy Wang. The goal is to assist teachers in rural
schools by using technology to faciliate the transfer of material and
expertise between different institutions. There are interesting
technology challenges, as well as social challenges in developing and
deploying the system.
- Tutored Video Instruction The TVI model is to use
pre-recorded materials to support facilitator led instruction. Work
on TVI was one of the sources of inspiration for Digital Study Hall
and is one model for addressing educational needs where there is
limited availability of trained teachers.
- Computers in the classroom There are many projects in
deploying computers in the classroom - some successful, and (maybe
more) unsuccessful. We will survey some of these projects.
- Addressing cost and infrastructrue issues A central theme
in computing for the developing world is addressing the cost issues.
We will read a number of papers that look at different approaches to
reducing costs (such as promoting shared use), as well as papers that
look at the cost of infrastructure, including power and connectivity.
- One laptop per child (AKA $100 Laptop) This is a controversial one - but we
will try to examine the project with at least a semi-open mind.
|10/04/06||Tutored Video Instruction||Natalie Linnell||Gibbons, Science||V. Razmov
|10/11/06||Digital Study Hall||Kentaro
Toyama||R. Wang, DSH Tech Report, slides (54M)||V. Razmov|
|10/18/06||Digital Study Hall Discussion||Richard Anderson||Digital Networking Going Postal||V. Razmov|
|10/25/06||Incentives in Education||Vicki Aken||Papers from the Poverty Action Lab (See below)||V. Razmov|
|11/1/06||Multimouse for Distance Education||Neema Moraveji||A Mouse on Every Desk||V. Razmov|
|11/8/06||$100 Laptop Project||Andrew Whitaker and Mitchell Slep||Selected Readings from InfoDev website||V. Razmov|
|11/15/06||$100 Laptop Critique||Beth Kolko|| ||V. Razmov|
|11/22/06||TVI/OLPC Discussion||Richard Anderson||None||V. Razmov|
|11/29/06||Millennium Villages Project||TBD
||Report by Robert Kozma||V. Razmov|
|12/6/06||Evaluation of Technology in Education
Projects||TBD||infoDev Handbook, Vadora Case Study||V. Razmov|
- 10/04/06, Tutored Video Instruction
- 10/11/06, Digital Study Hall
- 10/18/06, Digital Study Hall
- 10/25/06, Incentives in Education
- 11/1/06, MultiMouse
- 11/8/06, Low cost computers for education
- 11/29/06, Education and Development
- 12/6/06, Evaluation