Wednesday, February 23, 2011

One Laptop per Child (OLPC)

One Laptop per Child (OLPC):
Blog post on a program providing  poverty stricken students with the technology to succeed.
Visit website for more information:

                    Two young boys explore on a XO in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The website is the homepage for a project known as, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). The project aims to provide students in impoverished schools all over the world, with "rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptops." The goal is to empower impoverished children to be engaged in their own education. The site states that roughly 1.6 million children in Latin America are part of the OLPC Project and another 500,000 students in Africa. The program has also reached out to countries such as; Argentina, Mexico, Rwanda, Gaza, Afghanistan and Haiti. Each school involved is a "learning hub." They are able to share ideas and activities through their "xo's," as well as take them home.
                                                                  Students take part in a classroom activity in Gaza.
I think this program is great. It is empowering young students of areas who which without this program would probably continue through the cycle of poverty. the students are able to find things that they are good at, perhaps even computer skills. The computers give the students opportunities to see what is out there in the world and give them hope.

The idea that every student has a computer is awesome. The students greatly benefit from the technology, which is why I think that maybe in the future every student could have their own computer in the classroom, no matter what kind of resources the nation has, education wise. I know that a lot of schools now do have a classroom set of laptops. It's a great idea and hopefully will be a norm in future education.

All pictures used with permission: One Laptop per Child

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