Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Design Museum - One Laptop per Child project (stop 3)

Somewhat different from the three  items previously introduced as part of a potential tour at The Design Museum is the development initiative that is 'One Laptop per Child' an ambitious idea to get Computers to youngsters in the developing world.
A bit of a check-list for 'One per Child'

The idea I have is to look at this in conjunction with the nearby sign-age detailing some of the issues that crop up around such plans.

The project goal was for each child  to be able to access a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop quite a goal.

When electronic computers first escaped from the University IBM reckoned the world market would be well below 100 and famously the computing power of  a modern smart phone outperforms what computing power got the USA's NASA to land a man on the moon in the 1960s -so why should it now be seen as so important to emerging economies?

Well computers and more importantly  Laptops are reckoned to be a 'window' in terms of communication  and a tool: to help them thinking and discovering. Laptops are a  way for youngsters to learn through independent interaction and exploration and the 'One Per child' idea is continuing  in new iterations. 


The laptop as it's seen at the Design Museum

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