Hole-in-the-wall project

10 Sep 2004 - 7:26am
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Marc Rettig
2004

Hello,
Some of you will enjoy knowing about the Hole In the Wall project:
http://www.niitholeinthewall.com/

The nub of the gist (from worldchanging.com):
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The concept is so simple that it stands on it's own.

Put a computer where kids can use it. Leave them alone. That's it.

When you think about it, children learn best out of curiosity. If you
make a child do something on a computer, it's work. When they get to do
it on their own - it's play. And we humans learn a lot from play.

What's amazing, though, is that someone thought of this - someone did
it, at a bunch of sites in India - and it's been working: they've been
documenting it on the site. Extremely worthwhile to parents and
educators.
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I love this on a lot of levels. It seems so good-hearted, and like the
worldchanging guy I love that they DID it. It tells us something about learning.
It addresses people who don't get much attention from well..., us. It trusts
them. It simply equips people, and lets them decide appropriate use. It reminds
us how resourceful people are. It relies on the interactions between village
kids to spread the word (which I know would work on my block in Pittsburgh, but
maybe not in many places in the U.S.). And I love the idea of "minimally
invasive education." I'm sure there are things to criticize and nits to pick,
but I was excited by the project and its results, so I thought I'd pass it
along.

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Marc Rettig
Ethnographic research, interaction design,
Product strategy, team development
mrettig at well.com

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