One Laptop Per Child

October 25, 2006

Rochelle’s got a wonderful post up (Random Access Mazar ยป MLearn: One Laptop Per Child) and a bunch of others from the MLearn conference in Banff. JuliaD and I have been talking about zero cost computing pretty much since when we met, and watching the MIT One Laptop Per Child project has been interesting. Rochelle has brought up many of the questions we have had, and added some from the Librarian’s perspective as well.

Introducing computers and digital technology into a new environment always SHOULD make one think about what is missing, what must be taken away, and what is lost, MORE than what is merely gained. Debates that can answer the should we or shouldn’t we do this in a definite clear manner are pretty useless to me personally. The question is more that of seeing that it is going to happen, how do we maximize valuing of what is presently there so that what we add is additive rather than destructive. I’m happy to see the debate from as many perspectives as possible.

One Response to “One Laptop Per Child”

  1. Wow, Thanks for posting this. I left Rochelle a comment myself. Your question is a good one. I was saying in my comment to Rochelle that there is a paucity of small-language group publishing worldwide, especially in war-torn countries, so if the OLPC content could help with this it would be a good thing for learners. So, in some countries at least, there isn’t much which is “already there” to maximise. This in itself leads to the question, “well, then… what exactly should the content on the OLPC be if there simply aren’t enough books *period* in any given language?”

    I’ve been thinking a lot in the past few weeks about the immense privilege of the overdeveloped world — and particularly the English language world. It keeps cropping up in my personal and professional activities. And wow… thinking about it is overwhelming, because I realise that there is so little going into *doing* something about it.

    Note to Self: More doing.