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Laptop to open doors for world's poor
By Brian Bergstein
The Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. ? Forget windows, folders and boxes that pop up with text. When students in Thailand, Libya and other developing countries get their $150 computers from the One Laptop Per Child project in 2007, their experience will be unlike anything on standard PCs.
To that end, folders are not the organizing metaphor on these machines, unlike most computers since Apple Computer launched the first Mac in 1984. The knock on folders is that they force users to remember where they stored their information rather than what they used it for.
India originally expressed interest but backed out. Even though Brazil plans to take part, it is hedging its bets by evaluating $400 "Classmate PCs" from Intel. The government likes the cost-saving of open-source software, but at least in initial tests, officials have said those Classmate PCs just might run Windows.

One has to wonder if the "new interface" will help or hinder in preparing a child for living in the real world. It seems to me to be quite similar to the "new ideas" for teaching math and "science" and one only has to look at the enormous number of recent high school graduates who can't even make change.
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The link for those ...

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what took so long

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for the " hand-pulled mechanism for charging its battery" that is a great idea for anyone when electricity is not available.
"The computer also has features anyone would love, notably a built-in camera and a color display that converts to monochrome so it's easier to see in sunlight." sweet.

any user interface nicknamed "sugar" does revive the 'don't take candy from strangers' advisory but some are afraid of the unknown.

more here with spices, recommended for those who demand more: http://www.laptop.org/

and here: Low-Cost Laptop Could Transform Learning

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Thanks for the link.

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(BTW, I was interested, and spent some time moving my cursor around your post to see if there was a link . But I thank you for posting the link.)

As the machine is touted as being for the world's poor, the hand cranking aspect seems reasonable due to conditions under which the world's poor live.

I was surprised by the wireless network capability. And a web browser.

In a way, I see a comparison to the "See Jane, see Jane run" early readers. A start.

I see these as useful for undeveloped countries and areas. I doubt they would be in the US school systems, at least as a whole. To my knowledge, systems now have machines available to students.

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Just seems like good manners to include the link

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just as it is both good manners and more honorable to indicate that quotations are quotations and not one's own work. It aids clarity and understanding, and helps those interested in your (that's the general you, not you in particular Ed) post. Additionally, you made the quotations pretty clear in the original post, IMO.


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