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Rob Reynolds

YouTube - One Laptop Per Child - 0 views

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    New York Times, David Pogue reviews the $100 laptop XO from the OLPC initiative.
Rob Reynolds

One Laptop per Child (OLPC): Laptop - 1 views

shared by Rob Reynolds on 13 Dec 09 - Cached
  • A small machine with a big mission. The XO is a potent learning tool designed and built especially
Rob Reynolds

It's Time To Call One Laptop Per Child A Failure, - BusinessWeek - 0 views

  • It breaks my heart to see such wonderful design work from so many talented designers go to waste but the announcement that the One Laptop Per Child Foundation is offering a 2-for-1 sale in the U.S. of the beautiful little machine should mark the end of this grand—and deeply flawed—effort.
  • broke the most important design rule
  • Design from the bottom up, not top down. This was, almost in every way, a traditional top down product development
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  • Cell phones are far more popular as the means to connect to the net in much of the Third World and cell-phone type devices rather than cute little laptops might have made much more sense
  • a deal with Intel will give new life to the OLPC laptop down the road
    "It's Time To Call One Laptop Per Child A Failure"
Rob Reynolds

Rs 500 laptop display on Feb 3 - India - The Times of India - 0 views

  • Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project was the high and the hidden cost that worked out to be $200.
    Some alternatives to XO to acheive the OLPC
Rob Reynolds

New OLPC Competition: One Macbook Per Child! - OLPC News - 0 views

    New OLPC Competition: One Macbook Per Child!
Rob Reynolds

One Laptop Per Child, Reviewed by 12-Year-Old | Freedom to Tinker - 0 views

  • It was cleverly designed, imaginative, straightforward, easy to understand
  • My main problem with this laptop is how very slow it is
  • one of the most frustrating things about the system was that it gave no warning when it was out of power
    "One Laptop Per Child, Reviewed by 12-Year-Old"
Brad Nikunen

Positives about XO - 0 views

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    A few positive comments are highlighted in this article.
Rob Reynolds

Educational Technology Debate - 0 views

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  • OLPC is not “revolutionalizing” education
  • The approximately USD 150 million spent on XO laptops, for instance, is the same annual amount needed to achieve 100% literacy in Brazil.
    Some critics about the whole idea of OLPC with references to XO computers
Rob Reynolds

A Costly Lesson - 0 views

  • It did not take long, however, for several major flaws in this plan to become evident.
  • Their plan did not include sufficient time, money, or resources to train teachers how to use the laptops
  • they break more easily than was originally advertised and that parents have very limited options for getting them repaired
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  • Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC),
  • "It seems no one had a plan for how these laptops were to be used, or what teachers or students were supposed to be getting out of the experience."
    • Rob Reynolds
      this is a common theme in the integration of technology in general.
  • board members were hesitant to accept this "gift" for a variety of reasons. One was the stigma attached to the computers, which had been advertised as being for children in Third World countries.
  • surely someone would've given us a great deal in a computer that's on a system we're set up on,
  • could have used that money for teachers, or to hire technicians, to keep the existing program functioning, rather than introduce a program that is unfamiliar and that students likely won't be using in their lifetime,
  • XOs use the open-source Linux operating system
  • A common complaint about the XOs is how easily they are damaged, despite being designed for use in rough conditions
  • the battery charger burns out when it's plugged in for more than about an hour.
  • It doesn't have the bells and whistles to distract the kids,
  • The kids have access to all the free software online [XO users can download programs online at no cost]
  • main complaints with the computers themselves are their limited storage space—2 gigabytes—and slow operating speed.
    critic about Birmingham's program
Rob Reynolds

The OLPC Wiki - OLPC - 0 views

    "The OLPC Wiki" This site provides multiple resources for the OLPC movement along with info about XO computers
Rob Reynolds

One Laptop per Child (OLPC): Vision - 0 views

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    "Mission Statement: To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning."
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