ICJS Event: The One-Laptop-Per-Child project

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Open 7:00 p.m., Start 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Mita Hall 502 (Access)
Kazuhiro Abe (Squeakland/Cyber-University)
Dr. Jean-Julien Aucouturier (Temple University, Japan Campus) and selected students
Open to general public. You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed

About the Event

In 2005, the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) NPO was founded by Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, to develop a low-cost laptop computer for schools in developing countries. The goal of OLPC is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves. This lecture will focus on the educational philosophy that presides over the OLPC project, constructionism, and its main implementation, Etoys, a visual language which enables children to program computers. As part of every laptop shipped by the OLPC organization in 2007-2008, E-toys is now used by over 600,000 school-age children in countries such as Ethiopia, Rwanda, Peru and Cambodia.

About Kazuhiro Abe

Kazuhiro Abe is a Smalltalk programmer and a professor in the Cyber University and “some real universities too” in Japan. After a career in industry, he met computer pioneer Alan Kay in 2001 and started his career as an educator. He is one of the organizers of the Japanese Squeak communities Squeak-ja and Squeakland.jp. Kazuhiro Abe has conducted hundreds of Etoys workshops in cooperation with NPOs such as Alan Kay’s Viewpoints Institute. His most recent project, a small sensor device named the "World-Stethoscope", was selected as an Exploratory Software Project of IPA/METI in 2003 and is now a component of the OLPC laptop. Kazuhiro Abe’s lecture will be followed by a discussion and several short talks about related aspects of the OLPC project, given by selected students of Temple University, Japan Campus.

About ICJS
The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.