The XO laptop and early signs of benefit?

I’m in. This article from Laptop magazine showed me why the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop is worth all the hullabaloo. The magazine sent an XO laptop to a handler in Guinea, who then showed it to grade school-aged kids. The kids, not jaded by megahertz races and touchscreens and format wars, readily took to the XO; built-in features likes its VGA Web cam caused a commotion amongst the youngsters, eager to explore the little green machine. By the end of the first short session, one young girl had managed to learn to write her name for the first time.
It’s things like that that make the XO laptop a worthwhile endeavor. No more “good luck with lolcatz and pr0n” or any other snooty Western attitudes, just the knowledge that, yes, more kids will learn as a result of their interaction with the XO laptop. And what’s so bad about that?

Tested by Guinean schoolchildren, XO laptop makes a difference

I don’t know about you– but the sentence I bolded left me with a rather large grin.  I look forward to stumbling across MORE stories like this!!! 

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  1. November 13, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    An XO laptop is one of those touch screen laptops, right? I will look it up. I’ve always wanted one of those. But, that will just make my obsession with computers grow larger. My dad works with computers, my mom’s job is on computers, so I have a bunch :mrgreen:

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