Sunday, August 12, 2007

One laptop per child

I enjoyed watching this video of the One Laptop per Child project. Each laptop costs $100 and they are built for the third world. It was refreshing to hear some of the contributors talk about 'collaboration' and 'critique'. This is an exciting project and means that many children will get 'access to knowledge and tools that they never had'. I get the impression that the project is not just about building cheap hardware, so that kids can do word processing or play games. It seems, they are trying to bring the spirit of open source to those who have never used a PC before, and who have no preconceived ideas about their use. they will therefore use these machines for communication and for the acquisition and creation of .knowledge