Originally posted on Blackboard by Isabella Iupe
I found this project extremely interesting because the findings can now be used to change technology development projects in many underdeveloped nations. The project focused on bringing computers to schools and measuring the progress of the children who used computers compared to those who did not use computers. The findings showed that all children can actually learn how to use computers by themselves, independent of their educational background, literacy levels, gender or socio-economic level. They also found that since the learning is not necessarily forced, the children are much more likely to accept it and work collaboratively with one another to learn as much as they can. The study showed that the addition of a computer, without any lessons on how to use them, can improve the educational development of children. Since the study in India in 1999, the findings have been put in use in various developing countries, especially in South Africa.
The website for the says the Hole-in-the-Wall project is lighting the spark of learning. The mission also states “Today’s children need not only basic education, but also the ability to deal with an increasingly complex and connected world. We need to create inclusive educational solutions that address all sections of society and help transform them.”