Children at Liberty City School Recieve Laptops

There is much potential for ICTs in education. They can improve access to knowledge, promote creation of learning environments, fascilitate communication, equip students for the information age, and allow teachers to improve teaching. One ICT that was created to improve education in underdeveloped countries was a low-cost, low-power computer geared towards helping children in need. This mission was called One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).There mission, is to “provide educational opportunities for the worlds most isolated and poorest children by giving each child a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop; and software tools and content designed for collaborative, joyful, self empowered learning” (OLPC, Class Presentation). Although the idea for OLPC may have worked in underdeveloped countries, it is now also being implemented underdeveloped schools in the United States. Now, more than 525 students at Holmes Elementary in Liberty City are getting their own technology, and are said to cannot wait to use their own technology at home.

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2 responses to “Children at Liberty City School Recieve Laptops

  • brookekania

    It will be interesting to see how the OLPC initiative plays out in the US and whether it will be similar to what happened in the Alabama schools that we read about last week. Hopefully it has a greater potential to work out than it has so far in developing countries since the US has fewer of the obstacles that the developing countries face when it comes to the OLCP initiative such as a lack of electricity or no internet.

  • laurenholtzman

    The question is how effective will these laptops be in the United States? Once we get past the question of whether or not they will be able to operate or be charged, how likely is it that they will help with education? Besides the fact that it costs money to have access to internet (which most students will not have at home), will these types of laptops really decrease the digital divide when students are using software not commonly used outside of the initiative?

    Perhaps it is better than nothing for these elementary school students, but once their fingers are too big for the small keyboards and they move to middle school followed by high school and possibly college, they will still be behind when it comes to computer technology. Businesses in the United States do not use OLPC type laptops or the sugar software so when these students enter the workforce, it is unlikely that most of what they learned will be helpful.

    At the same time, this is a start and perhaps it will put pressure on other companies to reduce the prices of their laptops or begin to donate computers to students in need.

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