[:it][BambiniVivaci] Un programma in dieci passi[:]

[:it]<strong>Benvenuto a tutti e tutte! e grazie a Paola per il suo passaparola!</strong><a href=”http://bambinivivaci.blog.puntopanto.it/wp-content/uploads/Unprogrammaindiecipassi.pdf”></a>

<a href=”http://bambinivivaci.blog.puntopanto.it/wp-content/uploads/Unprogrammaindiecipassi.pdf”>Un programma in dieci passi.pdf</a>

Il libro “Attention seeking” si apre con un programma in dieci passi che il prof. Mellor invita a distribuire a tutti coloro che sono interessati.

Ogni punto fa riferimento ad un capitolo.

Non ho avuto l’autorizzazione del prof. a tradurre il libro, visto che lui ha dei vincoli verso il suo editore, ma in una lettura estensiva di questa frase:
“Purchasers of this book are free to copy the ten step summary for any children with whom they are working”, l’ho tradotto, trascritto e lo allego a questo post.

Sarebbe interessante capire se lo considerate utile o meno.

[Originally published on May 18,2008][:]

[:it][BambiniVivaci] La scuola uccide la creatività?[:]

[:it]<strong>Consiglio a tutti di vedere assolutamente questo video
La scuola uccide la creativita’? <a href=”http://www.vimeo.com/2477975″>http://www.vimeo.com/2477975</a>
che grazie ad Andrea Benassi e’ ora sottotitolato anche in italiano.
Si tratta dell’intervento di Sir Kennet Robinson nel 2006 a una della manifestazioni mondiali più interessanti da alcuni anni a questa parte.
Sir Kennet Robinson e’ un esperto mondiale di creativita’ ed è stato direttore per il governo inglese di alcune commissioni educative e poi esperto consulente per governi stranieri _(giappone) e multinazionali. Mi ha colpito leggendo la sua biografia che la sua famiglia di origine non fosse particolarmente agiata (anzi il padre operaio a seguito di un incidente sul lavoro divento’ tetraplegico) e lui stesso si ammalo’ di poliomielite a quattro anni.
Il video e’ anche divertente, ma la parte piu’ interessante per chi partecipa a questo forum e’ dal minuto 15 ina avanti dove si parla di una bambina vivace che negli anni 30 disturbava in classe e per questo fu portata da uno psicologo.
Spero che anche voi apprezzerete questo video come me.</strong>[:]

[:en]Ultraportable versus Smartphone[:]

[:en]Starting from the idea that the ultraportable low cost PCs (first of all the OLPC and then the Asus EEEPc, the Intel Classmate, ecc. ) are a good example of a value innovation, as defined in the Blue Ocean strategy , instead than a technical innovation, I am trying to figure who are the target of these kind of product.

The OLPC of Negroponte carries the idea that the children of the developing Countries have the same rights to use the latest available technology and that this could allow to fill the gap (and the debt) from the so-called developed world.

The Negroponte challenge (dream?) to overcome lacking of infrastructure in terms of energy-suppliers (no need for electricity but using solar energy) , of connections (no need for broadband using wifi technology), in terms of training (an intuitive interface designed especially for chldrens) and teachers, in terms of knowledge (no needs for the old fashioned books, wikipedia will replace them), is now facing the reality. The risk is that the vision of the best designers coming from the best research lab in the world produced something that doesn’t fit the needs of the target. Something similar, in my opinion, to what happens with the NEXT of the Steve Jobs about 15 years ago.

I think that many people, dealing about technology and education, now is wondering if the OLPC, with his odd interface, is the right tool for children, or if it is better to get some other kind of ultraportable low cost Pcs, with a more “traditional” interface.

And what about professionals, the so called nomadic work? Is it better for them to buy a smartphone or an ultraportable? what could be more helpful for them? I posed the question, in a short (and maybe confused) formulation, through Linkedin “question and answers” feature.

The question was:

If you have a budget of 400$, you will buy an ultraportable low cost Pc (EeePc-like) or a new (assume you already got one) cellular phone?

I think that ultraportable low cost PC could really have an impact in

– reducing digital divide, also in terms of digital literacy

– changing the way people will use PC

– affecting marketing

After the first answers I added the following clarification:

I am aware comparing oranges and apples, and this is the dilemma of the question 🙂

For example, in my country (Italy) the percentage of person having a cell phone is about 100%, instead about 47%-50% of the people have a PC.

For a large company, selling services/product by the web, is it more interesting that people got a PC or a smart-phone?

From a political point of view, if you are a policy maker, is it more interesting that people got a PC or a smart-phone?


I was very excited to get answers from different parts of the world in a few hours. Every answer was really thorough:from India to US, all the people answered that, as the question presumed they already own a cellular phone, they will prefer to buy an ultraportable.

It is also considered preferable for children and in general for increasing the digital literacy.

The answer that really surprised me was the one from a pilot from Anchorage, he said:

“I’ve been watching Internet Devices since the late 90s. I “had” considered the Nokia 810. But for my primary purpose, work, electronic document fetch, flight planning/data fetch, coffee house/hot spot browsing, mobility and portability, durability, and ease of use in a small place ( cockpit ) i’m going with the ASUS 4G not a “surf” model or higher.

Finally, it is very amazing for me, to think that an artefact, conceived for illiterate poor children of the third world, could fit the needs of a pilot in Alaska. My other conclusion is: do we really need more and more complicated (and expensive) cellular phones or we look only for luxury toys? ;-)[:]