MEMORE: an Environment for Data Collection and Analysis on the Use of Computers in Education
Volume 15, Issue 1 (2016), pp. 63–84
Ronaldo GOLDSCHMIDT Isabel FERNANDES de SOUZA Monica NORRIS Claudio PASSOS Claudia FERLIN Maria Claudia CAVALCANTI Jorge SOARES
Pub. online: 13 April 2016 Type: Article
13 April 2016
13 April 2016
The use of computers as teaching and learning tools plays a particularly important role in modern society. Within this scenario, Brazil launched its own version of the 'One Laptop per Child' (OLPC) program, and this initiative, termed PROUCA, has already distributed hundreds of low-cost laptops for educational purposes in many Brazilian schools. However in spite of the numerous studies conducted in the country since PROUCA was launched, Brazil shows a lack of proficiency in basic information crucial for managing and improving any OLPC initiative (e.g., number of effectively used laptops, use time and distribution per subject, use location and school performance of users, and others). Therefore, the focus of this article is to introduce MEMORE, a computational environment for longitudinal on-line data collection, integration and an analysis of how PROUCA laptops are used by schools. Technical details about MEMORE's architecture, database and functional models are supplied and the results from real data collected from Brazilian public schools are presented and analyzed. They elucidate how MEMORE can be a valuable management tool in OLPC contexts.