Tuesday, September 25, 2007

One Laptop Per Child Project

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, headed by Nicholas Negroponte, the founding director of M.I.T. Media Lab, has announced a new way to get U.S. consumers involved in sending computer overseas. For a limited time, starting in November, I believe, Americans can buy two XO laptops for $399 and donate the second one to a child in a poor country.

The educational philosophy behind OLPC is primarily based on "constructionism", and theories of childhood development and self-discovery by psychologist Jean Piaget. Negroponte believes children learn by doing and will be able to easily teach themselves how to use this laptop.

The OLPC project started a Wiki which currently has 4,148 pages, and roughly two-thousand files and two-thousand registered contributors, hoping to get more people involved to share their ideas.

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