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For Real XO Laptop Impact, We Need Infrastructure

Mar 31, 2010, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"I was in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde as an ICT volunteer from 2006 to 2008, and while I was there, the One Laptop Per Child project came on my radar and I became pretty enamored of the prospect of bringing some XOs to the country, or at least raising awareness of the idea within the government.

"However, after considering all the obstacles with some fellow volunteers and local educators, including a Ministry of Education delegate, I kept running into the same issue: So we get the laptops, and then what? We discussed the potential of OLPC endlessly, but eventually came to the conclusion that the program was a mess, especially after the departure of some of their best minds and the insistence that the hardware is the only thing to supply. But if OLPC itself won't supply the rest of the framework, somebody must.

"Ignoring all other issues - Is OLPC worth it cost-wise? What about the XO's hardware? Does it encourage constructivism in the classroom? What countries are appropriate for this? - I'll focus on what I know."

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