We're beginning to use Moodle for the 3rd - 8th grades (ages 8-14) here in Minneapolis. The going is slow because there's lots of other things to do as well, but the kids are really liking it. Some people are surprised that my 3rd graders are so interested in working on a Moodle site, but it's mostly easier than schlepping a notebook and pencil from place to place and they really like that 'erasing' is so easy. It also solves the problem of compatibility between macs and PCs that still plagues k-12. Kids can work on stuff they've started on the school's macs when the get home and can use their parent's PC.
There's an erroneous notion floating around that computers aren't for younger kids; my experience says that computers are the perfect tool to use to teach reading and writing. Getting an 8 year old boy to revise something he's written on paper is almost as hard as getting someone with a PhD to make a revision, but the 8 yr old actually thinks it's kinda fun to revise things on the screen ( I wish revision happened with adults as easily.)
The thing to remember with younger kids is to keep it simple and build in extras only as needed, otherwise they get overwhelmed and confused - I think that's true for us older folks, too, but we don't like to admit it.
One of the useful new nings that is focused primarily on k-12 is at
I also think there's a future for OLPC XO in urban areas. We have more poverty than we should have right here in River City. I recently heard about a possible implementation in an Alabama urban area.
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