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A small machine with a big missi ...

Posted Dec 02 2008 2:49am

A small machine with a big mission. The XO is a potent learning tool designed and built especially for children in developing countries, living in some of the most remote environments. It’s about the size of a small textbook. It has built-in wireless and a unique screen that is readable under direct sunlight for children who go to school outdoors. It’s extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, and fun.

It's a present to my 5 year old to unlock the magic that lies inside. Each purchase of one XO computer donates another to a deserving child somewhere in the world. Perhaps you, too, are interested in this great program and the amazing laptop that is changing the world, one child at a time... its not to late to order one for your child this Christmas! Check out the link below-

It’s not a laptop project. It’s an education project

In 2002, MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte experienced first-hand how connected laptops transformed the lives of children and their families in a remote Cambodian village. A seed was planted: If every child in the world had access to a computer, what potential could be unlocked? What problems could be solved? These questions eventually led to the foundation of One Laptop per Child, and the creation of the XO laptop.

OLPC’s mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression, and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have insufficient resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 per year per child (compared to an average of $7,500 in the United States). By giving children their very own connected XO laptop, we are giving them a window to the outside world, access to vast amounts of information, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard into their future. And we’re also helping these countries develop an essential resource—educated, empowered children.


Standing still is a reliable recipe for going backward.

Any nation’s most precious natural resource is its children. We believe the emerging world must leverage this resource by tapping into the children’s innate capacities to learn, share, and create on their own. Our answer to that challenge is the XO laptop, a children’s machine designed for “learning learning.”

I am thrilled by the reviews I have read about this durable and light dynamo. Here's an example:


51 of 53 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 starsBest Learning Tool for Primary School Children,November 17, 2008
Pro:
1. Great for children to learn with
2. You help others learn as your child learns

Con:
1. Not a business laptop replacement - its for kids
2. Requires software modifications to print or share files

Overview:

I love the XO Laptop. I love it so much I bought 4 (two for me, two for a child int he developing world) and I started a whole online community at OLPC News to focus on its use.

- If you are a parent of a young child
The XO laptop is a great way for them to explore and learn. Not about computers mind you, but learn language, math, logic, while enjoying themselves. Oh, and they learn hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as a bonus.

- If you want change education in the developing world
This makes a great social gift - teaching your own children about those in other countries and their different lives. You can just give a laptop, or give 1 get 1.

- If you want a adult laptop replacement you may be dissapointed
Be warned that this is not a cheap replacement for your Macbook. Its a challenge to use it for office-type activities, and most adult users do extensive modifications to the software to make it practical. Remember, its designed to educate children how to think and learn, not for PowerPoint.

- If you want to share childrens work, it takes work
Be warned that the XO laptop is designed to digitally share with other XO's - it cannot print or share some types of files without software modifications. You have to think of this as a super-duper Leapfrog, not a $100 Toshiba.

Conclusion:

For parents of young children, this is the perfect Xmas gift. Even better if they can share and learn with another nearby XO user too - be that a parent or another child.

For adults who wants a cheap travel computer, this may not be right for them. They could be happier with a 4PC




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