One Laptop Per Child

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Ok well perhaps that should read, half a laptop per child.  News just in from The Inquirer, the first batch of Classmate PCs has been delivered to Portuguese schools. 3000 of an approximate 500,000, due to be distributed over the next three years. Current student to PC ratios stand at about 5:1, this should be reduced to 2:1 hopefully. So they cannot boast to having one laptop per child, but its at least a vast improvement.

Delivering on a promise made just a couple of months ago, first- through fourth-graders throughout Portugal received yesterday the new lappies for next to nothing (€50) or for free in the case of low-income families.

I think that giving children the opportunity to have access to a PC from an early age is really important, they can learn through doing, and can have access to educational games, and the internet.

Nicholas Negroponte – Participation Revolution

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Nicholas Negroponte – Participation Revolution

Posted: June 10th, 2006, 3:00pm EST
Nicholas Negroponte wants to give every school child in the developing world a laptop computer. He has established a non-profit organization to design and produce $100 laptops for sale to governments in quantities of no less than 1 million machines on the condition that they are given to school children. In this talk, he describes his and his colleague Seymour Papert’s experience with educational computing in developing nations as well as the machine design.