Children are geniuses in disguise
posted on Nov. 9, 2012, 5 p.m. by Omar Estrella

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(Response to: Given Tablets But No Teachers, Ethiopian Kids Teach Themselves on Mashable)

OLPC is doing something amazing: exposing children that typically would never see a computer in their life to computing. More recently, they gave tablet computers to Ethiopian children without any sort of instruction on their use. What happened afterwords is amazing. They had learned how to customize their tables, use a wide array of applications, and some even hacked Android in order to enable the previously disabled cameras. A child is naturally inquisitive of everything around them, so if you enable and push their inquisitive nature, they can learn to do great things on their own. I think this shows that, while a traditional learning environment is important, you do not necessarily need to have one in order to learn new things. If you can give a child a small nudge or clue, they can come back with some amazing results. We see things like this in SPARCS all of the time. We teach them basic HTML and CSS or basic game design with Game Maker and they begin to dig deeper and ask more questions of their own accord. There is not limit to a child's imagination, all we need to do is keep enabling it all over the world, like they did in Ethiopia.

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