Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jul 2007 19:20 UTC
Intel There's nothing like allegations of predatory conduct to bring two organizations together. Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project has decided to bring Intel on board as a partner and a possible future supplier, just a few months after Negroponte went on 60 Minutes and essentially accused the chip maker of trying to destroy his low-cost PC project. Intel has agreed to join the board of the OLPC and work with the organization on possible "collaborations involving technology and educational content," according to a press release Friday morning.
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RE[3]: Motivation
by sbergman27 on Sun 15th Jul 2007 17:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Motivation"
sbergman27
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I would like to further suggest that laptops in third world countries is a *qualitatively* different situation than in the first world, where most families have at least one computer at home, and the availability of text books in the classroom is basically a given.

In the US, a laptop could easily just be another thing to carry arround, and potentially abuse. And perhaps a distraction, as well.

But in the third world, the laptop and associated, reduced cost etexts may be the only textbooks available. And the device may be the students' *only* window on the wider world, via the Internet.

I tend to discount the usefulness of laptops at schools here in the U.S. But I see great potential for the XO in the third world.

Edited 2007-07-15 17:51

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