"The One Laptop per Child project has got to be one of the most
controversial topics in both education and technology. The little
green wonder has been incessantly discussed and debated, at once
glorified for its ideals and derided for a host of perceived
shortcomings. 'It doesn't run Windows' they say, (as if that's a
bad thing--but I'll save that for another post,) followed by some
errant declaration like, 'most software runs on Windows--how can
you deny these kids access to it?' On the technical side, there's
the 'what about technical support?' question and 'who will repair
them when they break?' A few of my favorites from the education
arena have been, 'who will teach the kids to use the machines?' and
'who's going to train the teachers and provide the curriculum?'
Then we step into the silly, like 'what if the parents never let
their kids use them?' and 'what about all the bad things on the
internet?' as well as ridiculous ones like 'how will we protect
these kids from Internet addiction...?'"
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