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yesterday kevin and colleen and i led a group of kids at ascot high in freerice competition. all agreed we all learned and had fun, every one of us, just as in the experiment we did in cyberone with thwartpoker. put this together with the open university model and a training for tutors for scalable internet mediated public education, a network world for schools to use as they choose, with a curriculum of learning games geared to cxc.

supported by banner ads beneath the freerice awards
of jamaican companies that would like to support and be seen to support the effort

i’d like you to meet sonya and shamika and jamal

Dear Charlie:

A little over a year ago we sat in beautiful Dubrovnik (iSummit 07)
and spoke about running a course on “Poker and Democracy” as part of a
Peer 2 Peer University. Since then, we have developed the concept for
the P2PU, signed up a great advisory group, received letters of
support from Larry Lessig and Mark Surman, and are now preparing to
launch the pilot phase of the P2PU in early 2009.

We would love to work with you to create an entirely free and open
course on Poker. Such a course would bring together small groups of
students (8-14) who work together for 6 weeks. Courses are open to
anyone. A tutor, typically a graduate student in the field, provides
support and facilitation. The course materials can easily be
duplicated so that one set of course materials can spawn many
instances of learning groups.

I’d like to schedule a call to tell you more about the P2PU, and
discuss how P2PU could link to your interest in Poker and learning. It
would be great if you could suggest a date/time (I am 7 hours ahead)
and send me a number where I can call you. If you prefer, we can also
have that conversation by email.

The basic concept of the P2PU is here:

Our advisory Group:

The Chronicle has written a short article about the

Best – P

“The answer isn’t always money,” Bush said. “There needs to be a compelling story.”…

Their reform comes down from the top and feels directed against teachers. Here is a compelling unfolding story coming up from the bottom to support teachers – in my email from Jamaica:

Shalette East of GoGSAT to Charles
6:55 AM (53 minutes ago)

I think this is a nice way to present the collaboration to the public and invite sponsors to come on board, what do you think?

The Berkman Center at Harvard, S.E.T and GoGSAT Team up to Provide Free GSAT Website and online resources to Jamaican Students and Teachers

Jamaican students in grades 4-6 can now prepare for their Grade Four Literacy Test (GFLT) and Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) free of cost courtesy of a partnership among Harvard, S.E.T and GoGSAT and numerous local and international partners. This collaboration sees the bronze version of GoGSAT which is priced at $3,000 per year being open to students and teachers at no cost to them.

The bronze version of GoGSAT comes with the following features: 24/7 access to: pop quizzes (1000s of interactive practice questions), interactive study guides in Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science, interactive study notes, pre-tests, downloadable PDF Communication Task forms, printable handouts and worksheets, timetables, a comprehensive FAQ, PDF training manual, integrated technical support, eBulletin board, real time eNotebook, real time grade book and the first in the region Macmillan integrated dictionary. In addition Harvard students will serve as mentors to the users in the system’s chat room. The Bronze system also features online resources such as printable handouts, tests and worksheets for teachers. Like students, teachers also register online for free. However, they need to contact GoGSAT to have their accounts upgraded to a teacher’s account to enable them to access the teacher’s portal.

Furthermore students will be able to utilize the award winning USAID/JCF/MOE/SDC/CDA Community Safety and Security Courseware. This will allow students to learn about safety and security, leave questions on their personalized help desk for the police and chat with Police Officers in real time. To date over 5000 students and teachers are registered on GoGSAT bronze.

GoGSAT has been providing GSAT preparation to Jamaican students for five years at three service levels (Bronze, Silver and Premium). To date, the company has won four national awards and has seen over 50 of its subscribers earning national scholarships. To register for GoGSAT bronze, simply visit, click register now and complete the online form. A user name and password will be generated and emailed to you. If you would like to partner as a sponsor please contact Kevin Wallen of S.E.T at telephone number. Sponsorship starts at J$15,000 (US$200) per year (5 students). Sponsors will also be listed on the GoGSAT sponsorship page.

Shalette has already signed up over 5000 Jamaican students for free GoGSAT Bronze

Kevin Wallen and Michelle Robinson are leading a pilot program at Mountain View Primary, joining our effort at Ascot High. This video documents our early connection with Michelle when she was a teacher. She is now principal of the school.

we are students expressing truth interested in exploring ways for teachers to use tests without falling prey to them in a pilot program working with Jamaica: Our Island Nation

smile jamaica


XO laptops SET Jamaica

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 6:12 AM
To: Nicholas Negroponte
Cc: Kevin Wallen , CALEEN DIEDRICK , tHINKbANK , wayne brown

nicholas, i have just received email from four of the students in the SET summer program started today in jamaica. tomorrow i should connect with the rest of the class and begin freerice competition. how can i connect this group with another group on another island, like new zealand?

exciting. more to come



shavell smalling
to me

My name is shavell smalling. I am 13 years old. I live at 2west greater
My hobbies are singing, dancing and socializing with friends.
I am a little shy and don’t like to be shot at.
I am a nice, strong and helpful girl.

SET Jamaica

rebecca-argudin-stephanie-wittenauer[this from rebecca argudin and stephanie wittenaur with wicked dan brown leaning in]

From Kingston to Cambridge: What 2 Harvard Law School Students Learned from 20 Jamaican 9th Graders

As second-year law students at Harvard Law School, we have arguably been exposed to the best education that money can buy. Our professors are world-renowned legal scholars, and our fellow students are future Congresspersons and Supreme Court justices. And yet, after two years of classes here at Harvard Law, we can both honestly say that we have learned our most valuable lessons from twenty underprivileged 9th graders in Jamaica.

Each week this semester, we met with students from Ascot High School in Kingston, Jamaica, via Internet video chatting. With just a laptop computer and Internet access, we were able to instantly connect with students thousands of miles away.

Throughout the semester, we taught the students various lessons using fun and challenging strategic games. Although we prepared lesson plans and acted as teachers, we soon found that these students were actually teaching us in ways we had never expected.

Here are some of the most memorable lessons we learned…

Lesson #1: Kids have so much to say; they just need someone who is willing to listen

From the moment we first logged on to the video chat, it was apparent that the kids were eager and ready to interact with us. One by one, they walked up to the camera, waved to us, and started talking. They sang their school song, danced, asked us questions, and just talked to us about anything and everything. There was never any need to worry about if our lesson plan was too short or whether we would run out of things to say, as the kids were ready and willing to fill the time with questions, stories, and intriguing conversations. We learned about their lives, their school, their culture and even their uniforms, and shared with them anything they wanted to know about ourselves, the United States, and Harvard. We were so impressed by their politeness, vivid stories, and eloquent questions. We learned more than we could have ever imagined from these impromptu conversations and hopefully were able to satisfy a little bit of their curiosity about us. These students are so eager to learn new things and share their thoughts, but they need someone who is willing to listen. Once the spotlight is on them, and they have an audience, the possibilities are endless.

SET to reconstitute education in Jamaica and beyond

my welcoming speech delivered through the net at the launch of SET in Ascot Highschool, Jamaica.