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Well, MS can’t be all bad, can it?
clipped from newsinfo.inquirer.net
The laboratory is using Microsoft Vista, but Dunleavy promised the school that when he visits the village again next year, he would bring along a Microsoft Version 7
What was then a small school in a depressed village began to change
He gave us fund for school supplies, school uniforms and for the contributions so that the parents won’t be spending anymore
Dunleavy provided 160 scholarship grants, but this has now increased to 200. He extended the program to high school students
also provided financial support to address the malnutrition problem in Gadgaran.
the school’s dropout rate went down to zero, the academic performance of the pupils greatly improved, and there were no cutting of classes and unnecessary absences among the pupils
for every amount that Dunleavy donates, Microsoft, as a policy to its donor employees, matches this.
Mathematics, Science, Arts, and Entertainment and Communications sections, which were all painted in
the four colors of the Microsoft logo.
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“In Uruguay the parents wait for the kids to go to bed so they can use the laptops. So you saw people move to rural communities… so their kids could take advantage of [the laptops]. In Rwanda the families brought electricity to the schools so that the kids could keep using the laptops.”

I find that really cool. Yay for OLPC!

clipped from news.zdnet.com
described the response of some commercial laptop makers to the OLPC project
some of the companies have taken this as just a market to compete in — and compete in a very vicious way and that’s unfortunate, because we’re not trying to take market share and make profit or knock anybody else out,
While skeptics claimed the laptops would be sold or stolen by their young owners, it seems they have been converting truants into school-lovers and encouraging kids to brush up their reading and writing
if it was in a remote place, the people would say the kids only show up for school half the time. And that just changes. Now you have basically… more than 100 percent attendance. Because they come on weekends, they come early to school and they stay late
The families start to take education seriously. One of our students — when OLPC was just getting started–did a project in rural Costa Rica, and 70 percent of the parents entered vocational education using the computer at night after the kids
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So, society – specifically, a perceived lack of support from parents and teachers – is to blame. That doesn’t surprise me, but the study and its results do add fuel to the fire.
clipped from www.sciencedaily.com
New research by a team that includes vocational psychologists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) indicates that the self-confidence instilled by parents and teachers is more important for young girls learning math and science than their initial interest.
more attention should be given to building confidence in their abilities early in their education
Many young students, particularly girls, see math and science as difficult, and don’t take any more classes than they have to, not realizing they are cutting themselves off from lucrative opportunities in college and careers.
Both boys and girls perceived that teachers thought boys were stronger at math and science. For boys this represented a support, while for girls it acted as a barrier.
it’s perception, more than reality, that affects the person’s academic and career choice
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Wah.

Come on, guys. What’s wrong with learning something new, and saving your school money while you’re at it?

clipped from newsinfo.inquirer.net
MAKATI City, Philippines — Local school St. Paul College Pasig (SPCP) has recently decided to replace its existing open source system to standardize on Windows Vista and the latest Microsoft Office system, Microsoft Philippines said.
Microsoft Philippines said the Windows Vista and Office 2007 licenses will be fully deployed in the upcoming school year.
In a statement, Sr. Teresita Baricaua, SPC, SPCP directress, said students and the faculty were looking for programs and applications that were not available in Linux. Students, she said, were often using Windows in their home, thus the confusion in the use of applications.
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