Plan Ceibal - university project
- Hi Webheads--
This is a CfP for a university group that might manage a project using laptops for elementary students.
Eventually, if the project is funded, there will be a need for classroom exchanges, but meantime, this is a big project for a university to undertake, but might fit with your situation.
Please contact the website and Plan Ceibal, not me or Deborah, for further details.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>From: Deborah Healey <dhealey@...>
Subject: [CALL] Request for Proposals - Plan Ceibal
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 11:57 AM
This is an RFP (LPI in Spanish) for a very interesting CALL-related
project in Uruguay. Plan Ceibal is a One Laptop Per Child
initiative. Students in elementary and secondary public schools have
already gotten XO laptops (running Linux Sugar), and there's been
some work on developing applications in Spanish and training for
secondary teachers. Now Claudia Brovetto has been put in charge of a
program to use the XOs for English language learning. The plan, in a
nutshell, is to have
a) Live videoconferencing once a week or every two weeks with a
native speaker English teacher (in classes with and without a
trained English teacher)
b) Material that the students can use with the teacher as
facilitator, but that does not require much English on the part of
the teacher (with Spanish-language help)
c) Material that the students can use on their own at home (with
d) Inservice training for teachers - some onsite and some remote
A university partner is expected to be in charge of the project,
working closely with Plan Ceibal. Publishers are being asked to
respond about the materials part of this, but they would be under
the supervision of the university partner. Inservice trainers would
come for short visits and work mostly online. They'd need to speak
Spanish well. The idea is to start with 20 schools as part of a
pilot. If the pilot works well, it would expand to 1000 schools
The response to the RFP can be in Spanish or English.
If you are at a university with interest in this project or work
with a publisher who may be interested, please check the website
below. I did some consulting with Plan Ceibal about this project and
am willing to respond to some basic questions, but the definitive
answers will come from Plan Ceibal people.
As an aside, I was amazed at
the buzz around the laptops. One way to effect educational
change from above is for the President's office to distribute
350,000 laptops to children, then expect the Ministry of
Education and teachers to deal with it.
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