When I first heard about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, I was a little skeptical.
My first thought was that they were going to drop off a bunch of laptops in third world countries where families would immediately sell them off for cash and food. What I didn’t realize is that this wasn’t the target audience.
Engadget ran a story this week w/ photos of kids in Uraguay getting their hands on OLPC machines, and in this scenario, I think it’s perfect.
Good job, guys. There really is some good in the world.
Uruguay youngsters receive batch of OLPC XOs – Engadget:
Posted May 14th 2007 3:34PM by Darren Murph
Yeah, we’ve caught glimpses of the OLPC in action, but we’ve yet to see a group of school children get so hyped about receiving an educational tool like the 160 youngsters in Villa Cardal recently did. The relatively small Uruguayan town was thrown into a mild frenzy as a batch of shiny green and white OLPC XOs showed up to give the impressionable kiddos a taste of how learning should really be done. As promised, every child was gifted with their very own machine, and while we’re not sure when the curriculum will be updated to account for them, we’re giving the kids a slight edge on homework assignments for the time being. Needless to say, the experience is best described by photographs of the mayhem, so be sure to click on through for a few more select snaps, and hit the read link for the entire collection.