Friday, October 02, 2009

Planning an OLPC course

Book orders are due soon, so I need to commit to some materials for a graduate seminar formally titled "Rhetorics and Poetics of New Media;" the actual course focus will be the "rhetorics" and "poetics" of OLPC.

I'm debating whether or not to assign some broad, background readings like Larry Cuban's Oversold and Underused: Computes in the Classroom, Banks' Race, Rhetoric, and Technology, even Negroponte's Being Digital. The alternative is to dive into the OLPC website materials, the stories in the press, even the blogs, and just figure out: what are people saying about the laptop, the deployments, the mission, the future.

Any suggestions? Feedback?

Oh, methodology: Media Ecology.

6 comments:

Linger said...

Hmmmm. I haven't read any of them, but at first glances I wonder if Being Digital might provide some good historical context. On the other hand, if the trip to Africa "goes through" Banks' book may offer some ideas/insight on the cultural ramifications--good, bad, and grey--of the sudden introduction of technology into a setting where a generation may alienate/lose itself in the tech.

My two cents.

Doc Mara said...

Some readings on constructivism? Negroponte points to that as central premise of OLPC. May provide a point of departure for critique.

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