‘One Laptop per Child’ computer seen at GBM

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A local citizen who did not want to be named/photographed had his computer that he purchased from the One Laptop per Child project at the GBM last week. If you want one, you have to buy two ($200). The extra gets sent to a needy child someplace. From the project’s web site:

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.” XO embodies the theories of constructionism first developed by MIT Media Lab Professor Seymour Papert in the 1960s, and later elaborated upon by Alan Kay, complemented by the principles articulated by Nicholas Negroponte in his book, Being Digital.

FYI, Seymour Papert and his book Mindstorms is what led my wife Robbie and I to start a Logo learning center business in Northfield in the early 80s called Family Computing Inc. The business failed but we deployed the dozen TI99/4A computers (and a Topo I robot that I’d won in a contest) at the newly opened Prairie Creek Community School.

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