Nick Doiron has made mapping meaningful on OLPC laptops, in Uganda and beyond.
“I taught mapmaking in Uganda with OLPC. The first hurdle was convincing kids that the national map was not just a symbol, like a flag. The satellite photos were their first encounter with maps of places they had seen and roads they had traveled, so it was confusing at first. One class with a photo and stickers made a huge difference. We had students running outside to compare the schoolyard to their map, geotag photos, and figure out which building our class was in.
What I’m saying is, we don’t have to go into space to understand a globe. Maps can make sense. We just need to put training and education first.”
Read this fascinating blog and study his photos here: http://irevolution.net/2011/06/26/wrong-assumptions-tech/#comment-7972