Project: One Laptop Per Child Date: 2012 Location: Jamaica and Haïti Position: contributor and learner
In addition to my work in with OLPC in Madagascar, I collaborated with deployments in Jamaica and Haiti.
In Kingston, our team of OLPC community members visited schools and spent time learning and exchanging best practices with teachers, students and parents. To help publicize the project, we produced a video documentary about the OLPC Jamaica work and its impact.
In Haiti, our approach followed the methodologies of slow ethnography and total immersion. Through interviews, workshops, focus groups and observation sessions, we gained valuable perspective about the shared and unique issues of users and stakeholders, and identified and analyzed their common successes.
Though the state of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake was humbling and difficult to navigate, I learned a lot through observations and interactions with schools. I was lucky to spend time with students and teachers and to observe their creative use of Etoys block programming. Children had drawn various objects and landscapes and learned to animate them.