Category: olpc

One Laptop Per Child

The Problems with One Laptop Per Child

In The World’s Fair : The Problems with One Laptop Per Child Ben Cohen (a colleague of mine from school) presents what his students, all engineers in training, find to be problematic about OLPC. He follows uphere. While my problems with OLPC are parallel to his students, I think there are much more interesting secondary […]

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BBC NEWS | Technology | '$100 laptop' sparks war of words

BBC NEWS | Technology | ‘$100 laptop’ sparks war of words: Chip-maker Intel “should be ashamed of itself” for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative, according to its founder Nicholas Negroponte. He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop – the Classmate – below cost to drive him out of markets. —- hmmm, […]

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Top Ten Issues of One Laptop Per Child

Top Ten Issues of One Laptop Per Child: 1. The Community of Learning vs. The Cult of the North American Individual: The name OLPC is a problem as the focus is on Personal Computers for Individuals ignoring the fact that community feedback is crucial part of learning. Self directed learning cannot be effective without feedback […]

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HRD hopes to make $10 laptops a reality-India-The Times of India

HRD hopes to make $10 laptops a reality-India-The Times of India: Having rejected Nicholas Negroponte’s offer of $100 laptops for schoolchildren, HRD ministry’s idea to make laptops at $10 is firmly taking shape with two designs already in and public sector undertaking Semiconductor Complex evincing interest to be a part of the project. So far, […]

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Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops – New York Times

Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops – New York Times: So the Liverpool Central School District, just outside Syracuse, has decided to phase out laptops starting this fall, joining a handful of other schools around the country that adopted one-to-one computing programs and are now abandoning them as educationally empty — and worse. —– […]

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'$100 Laptop' to Cost $175

‘$100 Laptop’ to Cost $175: That’s partly because at least seven nations have expressed interest in being in the initial wave to buy the little green-and-white “XO” computers – Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Pakistan, Thailand, Nigeria and Libya – but it remains unclear which ones will be first to pony up the cash. The project needs […]

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Free Music Project: Creativity on Children's Machine XO

Free Music Project: Creativity on Children’s Machine XO: While we are all impressed by mini TamTam, the OLPC XO music generation software, not every child is a composer at heart. But every child can find joy, fun, creativity, and education in music. We wanna sing & dance! That’s the idea behind the Free Music Project, […]

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This note’s for you » One Laptop Per Child?

I am reading more and more about that OLPC thingy. I’m asking myself, who needs this? Who has thought out this crap? In my opinion and experience as father, the last thing that a child needs is a laptop (with my definition of a child beeing <= 10 years old).Sorry folks, I don’t get this. […]

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African Foldaway House

African Foldaway House: Rajan Harinarain, a South African entrepreneur and inventor has come up with a temporary foldaway house for use in emergency situations complete with electrical wiring and fittings, doors and windows that can be erected by a small team in 5 minutes. The patented structure weighs less than a ton, collapses to under […]

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Have Laptop, Will Learn?

Have Laptop, Will Learn?: So, if this project is a huge success and actually causes some global reconceptualization of what learning is all about, it could have a positive impact on libraries. On the other hand, having Intel, Microsoft, and the worldwide education establishment poo-poohing your initiative is, as we used to say in Iowa, […]

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