Posted by: Sam Carson | 11 January, 2007

One Laptop Per Child continued…

As previously posted, I am very interested in the One Laptop Per Child project. It is a great idea because it digitalizes the delivery of educational content.

If you visit a village in the developing world, one of the most precious things you can take along is a handfull of pens. Or a stack of notebooks. Or a stack of any book. The Islands of Micronesia, mountains of Nepal, the plains of Kenya this is the same.

Books, pens, writing books are heavy in bulk and are reliant on transport for replacing and updating. However, with this laptop, one flash drive or download can carry an entire curriculum, and spread it through a region. Africa no longer has to be dependent on shipments of obsolete textbooks.

Obviously the biggest problem is distribution, and the BBC is reporting that one of the ways the group behind the project is thinking of getting the laptops out is by marketing a “buy 2 send 1” system. I would go out and buy this laptop for me for, say, $300. That would actually buy two, and one would be sent to a child in Rwanda, whose email address I would get so that I could communicate with the kid.

This is a great idea. First of all, I want one of those laptops, robust, solid, easy to use, linux based… hand cranked. Who could ask for more? I also want the email address of the kid who I buy one for. By communicating with the student I could maybe take part in his/her education.

Linuxtoday has a great review of the unit.  It is interesting what OLPC official Michalis Bletsas says about growth of processor speed not lowering the price of processors, but increasing the demand.  That must be a function of sofware development as well as PC maker profits.

The laptop sounds brilliant, and in particular I like how it manages power and converts to an eReader.   This is not my last post on this refreshing project.


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