Tag Archives: child literacy

Grandma knows best: experiments in distributed education

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… terrible blow to national pride, Finland dropped from first to third place in a global survey of child literacy.

The study ranked Finnish students below those in Shanghai and South Korea.

Many people blame excessive technology for the educational downturn. Finnish kids of today are internet addicts – plugged in, switched on, zoned out.

But not everyone agrees that children and computers should be kept apart. Educational expert Professor Sugata Mitra has spent the last decade …

Tags: child literacy crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work DNA Education Grandparent India Newcastle University South Korea Sugata Mitra TED

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Kony 2012: the crowd to the rescue?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… arguable shortcomings, Invisible Children’s empathy and enthusiasm have brought the issue of child soldiers to the centre of the global conversation. If nothing else, the Kony 2012 campaign sends a message to other despots that the world cares about their crimes. If it leads to the arrest or death of Kony, the campaign will not only change this region of Africa, but the world. Hopefully their next campaign will avoid controversy by letting the crowd work their magic, and be even bigger.

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Lost in the Virtual Economy? Here’s a map

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… protection (are microworkers employees or independent contractors? How to ensure there is no child labor involved?). Despite these issues, the report considers the potential of the mechanism self-evident.

A final message to take from the report is a call to action: if the upgrading strategies mentioned in the study (coordination of workers, and building capacities to supply and grow microwork in developing countries) are tackled quickly, it suggests that the whole market could be worth …


Revenge of the gamers: an epic win for the world

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… and researcher Jane McGonigal has finally given me the argument I so desperately needed as a child (given I started with a Commodore 16 at age five, it’s been a long wait). Playing games can now help to save the real world.

Massive, multiplayer and misunderstood

Jane McGonigal argues that, far from the stereotype of the slack-jawed loner, videogame players are, in fact, engaged, active and motivated to collaborate with each other. Basically, gamers are better at operating in their …


Why making the crowd smart is a no-brainer

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… one complex, overarching game – already exist. Well, almost.

My epiphany relates to the brain child of the now famous Dr. Ryuta Kawashima. In 2003 the good Doctor wrote a book called Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain. The book, containing simple mathematical calculations intermingled with memory tests and counting tests, was a smash hit around the world.

Nintendo, well recognized for its efforts to expand the gaming demographic, decided to produce a game based on the book …