There has been a lot of talk about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project. Haven’t heard of it? It’s the ambitious plan to educated the world’s children by providing many of them, mostly in the undeserved communities, with a laptop that costs $100. It’s headquartered at the MIT Media Lab and the chief evangelist is Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Professor and ex-Director of the Lab. How will it work? Will it work? What’s the latest? I will attempt to answer these questions tomorrow. In the meanwhile, have a look at a 18 minute clip (this is worth the time) on Negroponte’s blueprint for the OLPC project.
For those of you already wondering what this may mean for India – last year India, a preferred pilot country, backed out of the OLPC project with the HRD Ministry saying “India must not allow itself to be used for experimentation with children” and “It would be impossible to justify when public funds continue to be inadequate.”
(watch the clip – plays in the same window)