Much popular attention has been paid to the so-called "$100 laptop" initiative and other programs to provide "1-to-1 educational computing" to students in developing countries. Even at $100 dollars per device, however, such solutions are still much too expense for most communities around the world. Indeed, the typical scenario for computer use in schools in developing countries, and especially in rural areas, is for multiple children to crowd around one computer while one child controls the mouse, leaving the other children as onlookers.
Here's an interesting idea:
What would happen if you only bought one computer, hooked it up to a projector, and then connected up 50 children using 50 computer mice?
This idea -- half-jokingly dubbed 'One Mouse Per Child' in some quarters -- has been successfully tested in pilot experiments in Chile and India, aided by special educational software developed and tested to take advantage of such multi-user scenarios. It is just one innovative approach among many in a movement to re-imagine how ICTs can be more effectively and equitably be put to use at scale in schools, especially those in poor communities in developing countries.
Miguel Nussbaum, one of the world's leading researchers exploring the use of a variety highly collaborative "1-to-1" computing solutions in education (from laptops to PDAs to "massive multiple mice"), will share results from his varied and fascinating research in these areas. In doing so, he will propose that we should perhaps broaden the way we think about relevant, cost-effective educational technologies for use in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond.
About the presenter: Dr. Miguel Nussbaum
- Full professor for Computer Science at the School of Engineering of the Catholic University of Chile
- Winner of the "Innovation in Education for the Americas" award from the Organization of American States (2004); named one of the "50 most innovative Chileans: (2007).
- His pedagogical methodology -- supported by collaborative technology for transforming the classroom experience -- is used in schools around the world, from low-income countries like Guatemala and India to middle income countries like Argentina and Costa Rica and OECD countries like the United States and United Kingdom.
- Current or past member of the board of the Chilean National Science Foundation, FONDECYT; the Education committee of the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development of Chile, FONDEF; and the "Interim Scientific Advisory Board of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge",
- Almost 60 publications in journals of the ISI catalog, with 800 citations in Google Scholar; best paper conference award at the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning conference in 2009.
- Education: B.S., Electrical Engineering, Universidad Católica de Chile (1980); M.S., 'Information and Computer Science', Georgia Tech (1984); Dr. techn., Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich (1988).