UNDP presented the results from the demo study with the XO laptops in primary schools

Skopje, 05 of May 2008

Today, the team from UNDP that carried out the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) demo study in two primary schools in Skopje, presented the Assessment report to the Minister without portfolio in charge of Information Society and to the representatives from the Ministry for Education and Science.

The principals of the “Vojdan Cernodrinski” and “Dituria” Primary Schools, where the demo study was implemented, and the teachers of the selected classes have also participated in the presentation.

OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) is a foundation established by former professors at the MIT University in Boston, with a mission to provide children throughout the world with new opportunities to explore and express themselves. The XO laptop is a product of the efforts of the OLPC team. .

As of November 2007, the 50 donated XO laptops were handed over to all 48 students from the selected classes and to their teachers. Both students and teachers mastered solid skills in using the XOs in a very brief period of time, achieving excellent results. This accomplished success is primarily based on the fact that the XO laptops were at students’ disposal 24/7 from the moment they received them, which is significant assumption of the OLPC educational concept.

The main goal of the demo study was to obtain relevant data regarding the benefits from the use of the XO laptops in the educational process, as well as recommendations which in the future would help the Government in decision making process within the “Computer for Every Child” Project.

Positive results that refer to the instructional process and pedagogical aspect of the XO usage were synthesized in the frames of the presentation, along with a brief review of the basic technical characteristics of the laptop.