One Laptop per Child, an education project

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    fgrose
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    The One Laptop per Child education project has advanced to mass production of laptops in November 2007.  In a special Give 1 Get 1 program, over 150,000 laptops have been sold to donors in the USA and Canada for US$ 399 ($ 199 for a personal laptop, and $ 200 for a laptop to be given to a child in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mongolia, or Rwanda).

     

    The compact, but advanced, hardware and software is being used to build a new computing, networking, and learning environment to especially support children in the developing world.

     

    With so many people interested in the project, new communities have formed to address a wide range of technical and social issues.  The project maintains a wiki at wiki.laptop.org where anyone may participate, learn about, or contribute to the project.

     

    A Health Portal has been started on the wiki with teams and individuals collecting and preparing content for software, hardware (including telemedicine), and training activities.

     

    The new user interface, Sugar, has a human interface guidelines document that will be of interest to the human factors community.

     

    This is an ambitious project, but one that has captured a lot of interest and enthusiasm, and one with significant potential to influence the future.

     

    (See this earlier discussion about the project on Ergoweb Forum.)

    Frederick Grose, MPH, CIH

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    fgrose
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    The OLPC Health People have announced a conference call for this Sunday 10 February 2008 at 1 pm Eastern time.

    Those interested are invited to request the call-in number and access code from Arjun Sarwal by email (arjun AT laptop dot org).

    Agenda for conference call on 10th Feb 2008, 1pm EST

    1. Anna Breshtyn — Reaching out to educators to donate material; publicity drive; mechanism for integrating content that we get
    2. Walter Bender — One Laptop per Child, the project today and the road ahead.
    3. Josh Hehner — Vision for the Health initiative and parallelism with OLPC’s educational focus
    4. Carla Gomez Monroy — Health and Learning; perspectives from the implementations in Uruguay, Peru, Mongolia
    5. Amit Gognaa — Perspectives from Khairat pilot project site near Mumbai, India
    6. Drew Einhorn — World VistA on the XO
    7. SJ Klein — Content focussed on prevention and sanitation; organizing people and projects
    8. Jim Hopper — Thoughts from Web-based "brief assessment and motivational enhancement intervention" project, which Jim conceived and is directing for another non-profit (that serves men with histories of childhood sexual abuse)
    9. Erica Frank — Describing her team’s work on the development of a database of large number of links and the work required to take it forward
    10. Roy Peterson — Development of an Ultrasound imaging system around the XO at Philips
    11. Scott Swanson — EKG and other hardware peripheral development efforts at IMSA
    12. Mika Matsuzaki / Arjun Sarwal — Wrap up, sustainability of the initiative

    Frederick Grose, MPH, CIH

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