One laptop per child?

From the ‘living in exciting times’ desk courtesy of Slashdot comes the following bit of exciting news.

An anonymous reader writes “ is reporting that four countries have together ordered 4 million low-cost, Linux-based laptops from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. The countries of Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina, and Thailand have each placed the 1 million unit orders.”

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17 years ago

Interestingly, India opted out, something to do with the idea that the money could be better spent elsewhere. They might have a point – it’s certainly the case here that access to computer technology in schools only correlates with better learning when teachers can find something useful to do with the computers. Often, they’re more of a distraction. I’d like to see these machines transform education in the third world, but I do have my doubts.

17 years ago

If they are internet-connected, somehow, the example of mobile phones suggest that education will be the least of their benefits. I like the idea, in general, of giving people fishing rods not fish, and I think this is an example of that.