Welcome to our project! Here's our three-part
1) Develop the textbook itself. That is happening at http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/OLPC_-_algebra_1_in_Simple_English. Just find a section you have some content for (vocabulary, lesson, example problems,
practice games, practice problems), click "Edit this page", and
put it in! If you make a mistake in something
worry. Someone else will click "Edit this page" and fix it. That's
the beauty of communal writing.
Here are some suggestions for making sure your writing is in simple English.
Click here for a website that will check and highlight words
that need to be simplified. There is also a wiki article, How To Write Simple English Articles, or you can check the BE850 Wordlist at http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/BE_850. Note: Please focus on the first three chapters. We will post
we're still working on the rest of the book.
2) Develop the student user-interface (our Moodle). Wikibooks is the perfect
place to develop a book like this, but Wikibooks site wouldn't
work well for students, especially students with no experience
little web experience and limited English. We will use a Moodle
(a free, Open Source Course Management System).The Moodle will
do the following things:
**Give students LOTS of step-by-step examples, since we must assume that they
will not have a qualified math teacher.
**Give student immediate feedback as they work individual problems
**Give students games to play to practice related skills
**Show students their progress through the curriculum
**Give students unlimited opportunities to take and pass chapter tests and a
final exam, so students will know when they have true mastery
of the curriculum. The grading mechanism must give them specific
feedback on what type of problem they still need to practice.
3) Know that we can't do this perfectly, or be all things to all people. We're designing a website to help young people teach themselves algebra. That's
very hard, but not
Motivated people have been teaching themselves
ever since the invention of the written word. What we're attempting
to do is to make that easier.
In the majority of countries where
the OLPC laptops will go, students who are lucky enough to
get to go to school, attend only a few hours a day, with teachers
who have minimal education. Recorded tutorials
allow them to get much more instruction than before, and the
website will give them immediate feedback on each individual
problem, and track their progress through the curriculum. That's
not everything that a teacher does for a student, but it's
much better than nothing.
Click here to view the current
mock-up of the student user interface.
feedback and want your involvement. Please contact me at olpc@HSTutorials.net.
I really enjoyed meeting you all at CMC South. I will be presenting
again at CMC North - Asilomar on Saturday, December 1st. 10:30
- Noon, Pacific Grove High School, session 669.