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Wednesday, 23.10.2019

The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of the program 'One Laptop per Child'

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Sonstiges
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Prof. Dr. Morgan Ames
Associate Director of the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS), UC Berkeley

In her new book (October 2019, MIT Press) The Charisma Machine, Morgan Ames chronicles the life and legacy of the One Laptop per Child project and explains why—despite its failures—the same utopian visions that inspired OLPC still motivate other projects trying to use technology to “disrupt” education and development.
Announced in 2005, One Laptop per Child promised to transform the lives of children across the Global South with a small, sturdy, and cheap laptop computer, powered by a hand crank. In reality, the project fell short in many ways—starting with the hand crank, which never materialized. Yet the project remained charismatic to many who were captivated by its claims of access to educational opportunities previously out of reach. Behind its promises, OLPC, like many technology projects that make similarly grand claims, had a fundamentally flawed vision of who the computer was made for and what role technology should play in learning.

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Organizer:
TU Berlin - Institut für Berufliche Bildung und Arbeitslehre, Institut für Soziologie
Location:
TU Berlin, Institutsraum Soziologie, Fraunhoferstr. 33-36, FH 804
Time:
18:00 - 20:00

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