One Laptop per Child

The MIT Media Lab has launched a new research initiative to develop a $100 laptop — a technology that, in their words "could revolutionize how we educate the world's children". To achieve this goal, a non-profit association, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), has been created. The initiative was first announced by Nicholas Negroponte, Lab chairman and co-founder, at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland in January 2005.

Here`s an interview with N. Negroponte on the initiative.

Good intentions, no doubt, as the digital divide is widening. Hopefully, they will consider supporting and accompanying measures as well.


Rob Spence said...

I can't help thinking that there are more basic needs in education than a laptop for everyone.

francessa said...

Indeed, Rob! That's what I was wondering about. Even here in Austria, they've come to see that digital equipment of all sorts alters problems (e.g. the approaches to literacy), but doesn't solve them. Even so, I believe in working various fields simultaneously, so maybe the laptops will make some sense, hopefully.

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