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Act 1: Choosing a Hero to Shadow...

After looking all around the internet at many different sites listing the accomplishments and aspirations of those making a difference in this world, I settled on Derek Lomas. From his PopTech presentation to others at many different conventions and meetings, he's been a major proponent of bringing education to those less fortunate through ultra-cheap personal computers and laptops. Being a computer geek myself, I jumped right into his material and vision, and ate it all up. I'm a firm believer that teaching should be done through intrinsic motivation, and the the reward system a video game offers (most of the time) is simply that.

I'm following my hero on Twitter @
http://twitter.com/cognotron as well as a blog he frequents: http://www.hastac.org/blogs/derek-lomas

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Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 4, 2010 at 10:14pm
Its really exciting that we are in a world where computers need no longer be expensive.
Comment by David Sahlin on March 4, 2010 at 10:52pm
On the flip side, essentials like water are still priceless in much of the world. Hopefully Mr. Lomas' efforts are going to help with that.
Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 4, 2010 at 10:57pm
Another guy posted about LifeStraw http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/lifestraw-1

I am tired of false dualities. We can't give up computers and get water. We can live in a world with both.
Comment by David Sahlin on March 4, 2010 at 11:10pm
Especially with enhanced communication and education! Thanks for sharing the LifeStraw post!
Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 4, 2010 at 11:18pm
David, yeah, communication and education will help us get rid of the need for people to carry machine guns when they hand out lifestraws.

I do think about the "Use the Market" Principal from the learn section. I wonder if there is a way to have locals sell the lifestraws rather then having the military give them out.
Comment by David Sahlin on March 4, 2010 at 11:33pm
If there's anything EVOKE has taught me already, it's that there's always a way. It'd be interesting to read up on some real-life stories about the LifeStraw, beyond what's mentioned here:

http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/vf-in-the-news.htm
Comment by Bryan Carman on March 5, 2010 at 3:14pm
Awesome, Pathfinder! I consider myself an IT geek and I fully believe your statement about intrinsic learning. I have seen my daughters progression, first hand, behind a PC and am astounded on how well this form of presentation keeps a childs focus longer. She is actually excited to learn because it doesn't seem like work to her. Great topic and great post, keep them comming.
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 5, 2010 at 3:33pm
I need to agree with you as well. I know the power of using technology to teach first hand. I have an autistic child and through the use of video games, I have been able to make sure that he can talk, read, and be a contributing member of society. I knew he had a love of video games, so I limited his choices to role playing games so he needed to read in order to progress through the games. This established a precedent and love of reading. Also through the use of technology, he has established friendships and is learning appropriate social interactions. I have no doubt that had he not had the access to these technologies at the appropriate age, he would have been non-verbal, a fact that was told to me by a neuro-psychologist. As it is now, he has been identified as gifted, and is currently above grade level in most subject areas. I know this may not be the case for all autistic children, but I do know that technology helps them, at least a little, to improve their quality of life.

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