Reality of One Laptop Per Child?

Steve Borsch, Connecting the Dots, Jan 29, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post reruns an email from Martin Lucas to the iDC mailing list. People interested in the state of education in Malawi will want to read this post. The author, quite rightly, asks what the benefit of computers like the OLPC XO computers would be in a place like Malawi, where the government cannot even afford to distribute 1 Euro chalk slates to its students and where radio is the primary medium of learning. Fair enough, and one might also how satellite dishes, SUVs and mobile phones would be useful to people in Malawi. The XOs won't help everyone, but the computers, which can form local wireless networks and contain things like Wikipedia, can help some. Especially the children.
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