Interviewing Gregory Daniels: Ethiopian
posted on Nov. 8, 2012, 11:30 a.m. by Gregory Daniels
last edited on Nov. 8, 2012, 11:55 a.m.

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Interviewer: Good evening Gregory, I would like to ask you a few questions of relation to Ethiopian societies and your thoughts on integrating a computing environment into their everyday lives.

Gregory: Sure, sounds good.

Interviewer: What are your thoughts on what happened with the Ethiopian children?

Gregory: Well, I am taking it that you are referring to what I read from the article "Given Tablets But No Teachers, Ethiopian Kids Teach Themselves" by David Talbot. The Ethiopian children had pretty much experienced curiosity in the arrival of the box full of tablets. They were unaware of what would happen if they were to engage in tampering with the box and the contents, thus leading them to experiment. One child probably figured out that there was something inside and began to remove the contents and one by one the children began to analyze the oddly figured devices. Daily the children would discover something new about the devices and applied that to there growing knowledge. This eventually and quickly became a learning experience for the children.

Interviewer: What are some reasons that teaching computing to these third world populations is important, especially considering that many of these people have larger concerns like finding clean water, food, and health care?

Gregory: The world is gradually and surely transitioning into a technological era and there are a lot of advances that are emerging from the computing environment. A lot of first-world countries, such as the United States, have discovered a lot of interesting things via technology and learned how to optimize their resources, subsequently these countries starting to grow and prosper. With that in mind, teaching other countries about the computing environment and how it can benefit them is very important. The third world countries have their problems but with the introduction of technology and the many other advancements, they could quickly jump into the 21st century and succeed along with the world.

Interviewer: Do you have any ideas that would contribute to projects like STARS Haiti or other OLPC sites?

Gregory: I have a one idea, but I am not quite sure if it is yet being implemented into the projects. My idea is to use video gaming to help the people learn. I am an advocate of playing video games for learning because they open the mind for many ideas and lean toward giving the users something to think about. With that in mind, integrating the video gaming environment into learning will be both beneficial and enjoyable at the same time.

Interviewer: Thank you Gregory for your time and answers, they are greatly appreciated!

Gregory: Thank you for having me and I am glad to have been resourceful to you.

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