@zoe said in oer video?:
we also have to remember that not all students have the same level of access to technology, so it’s a balance.
true, though its funny how that works out. i setup computers for a homeless shelter where smartphones and laptops were common, but people were sometimes living in tents. there was no way to carry textbooks. people came into town to use the internet, socialise and get food.
one of the projects im most inspired by is one-laptop-per-child, where one of the tricks of the entire project was that you could make teaching materials accessible (and up to date) without trying to ship paper books around all the time.
in practice, paper textbooks are pretty expensive and likely to be out of date. in developing nations, phones are more common than laptops. it might be more economical (in terms of grants) to get digital technology to places than books.
the biggest problem really is powering them, thats a significant one.
obviously im not disputing anything youve said-- youtube is not ideal for low-bandwidth connections, and olpc has worked out ways to transfer files using buckets of usb drives. (its like a delivery service that collects usb drives, fills orders online and brings them to the owners again. sort of like sending a self-addressed-stamped-envelope to a mail-order school.)
i love paper, paper will always have a place-- and i try to design pretty much everything for older computers. i have a machine sitting next to me (in standby) thats at least 10 years old. it runs the icecat browser, but not very well.
the most important thing, in my opinion, is to design things that work on simpler browsers. some “tablet-friendly” designs are really bloated and obnoxiously slow/tedious compared to “desktop-friendly” predecessors, and we need to knock it off with designs that assume someone has 4 or 8 core processors (my fastest machine doesnt have that many, and instead of customising the machine ive customised all of the software to be lighter. except the stupid-- stupid, stupid browser.)