Global learning XPRIZE

Bruno Coudoin bruno.coudoin at
Wed Sep 24 21:25:51 UTC 2014

Le 23/09/2014 13:30, Aleix Pol a écrit :
> On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:27 AM, Bruno Coudoin 
> <bruno.coudoin at <mailto:bruno.coudoin at>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     I have just been informed that the famous XPRIZE organization
>     support projects that
>     develops learning solutions to empower children and communities around
>     the world:
>     While we could think GCompris is a good candidate, in the XPRIZE
>     solution they are much more ambitious than I have been in
>     requiring that
>     "the learning solutions developed by this prize will enable a child to
>     learn autonomously".
>     I have always though GCompris has a tool to help a teacher or a
>     parent,
>     not as an autonomous software. Not sure what happens when you leave
>     children with GCompris and no other guidance. For sure as today,
>     this is
>     far from enough to learn reading.
>     Not sure on the KDE-EDU side if there is a project that could be a
>     good candidate to XPRIZE.
>      Anyway, the interesting part is that there is money and XPRIZE
>     requires the project to be open source. The winner will be free
>     educational software.
>     Bruno
> Hi Bruno,
> Well this looks huge, I'm sure different organizations will try to 
> reach to this prize.
> In general, I'd say that KDE Edu would suffer from the same problems 
> GCompris does, still that said, maybe it would be interesting if we 
> see KDE Edu being able to be a candidate in the challenge?

It kind of a hard problem to approach. Nobody knows if there is really a 
solution to this problem.

On the GCompris side, we could go the naive way and enhance it here and 
there to provide voice instructions and thus let non reading children 
play more activities. We can add activities to teach how to write 
letters, activities that teaches phonemes and all we can imagine. 
Technically it is not that difficult and is something we may do even 
without focusing on XPRIZE.

But in my opinion we miss a scientific pedagogical  guidance. Doing the 
naive way may work in the field but we would have a hard time to explain 
our approach and thus fail at the selection stage. Here is the detail of 
the schedule:


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