Christian Long

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child

In TED Talks on April 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Reflection by VANCE L.

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Nicholas Negroponte:  One Laptop Per Child

How could education be altered by full availability of books, face to face communication, and around-the-clock teacher support in the palm of EVERY CHILD IN THE WORLD? You might ask, how could these things be accomplished, let alone how could so many children have so much capability?

Nicholas Negroponte, the founder and former chairman of the MIT Media Lab, has an answer to just that.

The $100 Laptop. I repeat: $100. Laptop.

Children will now be able to read textbooks and talk to teachers and friends, when their house still has no electricity and their parents may have never even seen a power line in their life. I can only imagine how far this will go once governments get involved.

However, we need not wait and see, because this talk was given in February of 2006.

The One Laptop Per Child project has been in full swing for multiple years now.

Negroponte returned to TED in 2007 to talk about the products walking out the door. Being a non-profit organization, they have been able to meet with leaders of nations and organize massive shipments. In Peru, Uruguay, Ethiopia, and more countries, the leaders are in a domino effect of requesting computers. Through November of 2007 there was a “Give one, Get one” program in the U.S.A.

Negroponte’s engineer friends are slaving day and night in Tokyo to produce these computers for ever-lower prices with even better capabilities. On their drawing board is a $75 touch-screen”tablet” equivalent to the newly released iPad, just with slightly poorer graphics.

With an even more versatile learning tool for a price that exceeds all “low” expectations, what changes do our children of the future have to expect in their educations?

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