The Hindu: The year when computers finally reach kids talks about the variety of options including OLPCs that are making the rounds in india, as well as the social and political issues of getting technology into the hands of children.
OLPC News: OLPC India’s XO Laptop Cow Power Dynamo talks about powering OLPCs from a “Cow Power Dynamo, built from old Fiat parts and a few belts and pulleys [as] an amazing example of local innovation that we should all celebrate.” With video links:
Rik has a post that compares the emate to the XO: XO Laptop versus Apple eMate. I’ve got 2 emates, so this was interesting to see.
Joe Barr has an interesting take, from a Linux perspective, a lot more technical, but also more of a sense of how cooooool it is, imho: Linux.com :: Hands-on with the OLPC XO laptop — and loving it
At eBiquity, they’re talking about how to make computer science more relevant with the olpc: One Laptop Per Child could make Computer Science more relevant, in response to the decline in the number of people going into computer science.
My fav for the day is from the UN’s IRIN article NIGERIA: Laptops-in-schools debate turns messy:
Nigeria’s new education minister, Igwe Aja-Nawachuku, told the BBC recently that he found the project questionable given the absence of basic equipment in many Nigerian schools. “What is the sense of introducing one laptop per child when they don’t have seats to sit down and learn, when they don’t have uniforms to go to school in, when they don’t have facilities?”
Of course, since Nigeria’s oil rich, it should have provided the basics first, and should still do that. But if you look at Nigeria’s political system with how the oil wealth is distributed, I get the sense that there would not be much interest in sharing access to information and communication very widely to a group of people who have been left out of the distribution of wealth, and probably will be left out for a long time.