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OLPC XO Notebook Production Line  (Source: BBC News)
OLPC XO notebook now in production and should be able to meet initial orders

We first heard about the One Laptop per child (OLPC) foundation several years ago when MIT first proposed to build very low cost notebook computers with the goal of putting one laptop into the hands of each child in developing nations to improve their education.

DailyTech has followed the development of the XO laptop for some time now from its first proposed price of $100 to the subsequent price increases bringing its cost to $188. Production delays with the XO laptop left many wondering if the OLPC would be able to produce enough laptops to meet its initial 100,000-unit order from Uruguay.

The XO notebook is also now facing competition from Intel, who has members on the OLPC board, in the global marketplace. After all the price increases and contracts lost to competitors, the XO notebook is finally in production. The OLPC Foundation told BBC News today that the XO laptop is now in production in a Quanta factory in Changshu, China.

"Today represents an important milestone in the evolution of the One Laptop per Child project," said Nicholas Negroponte, founder of OLPC. Negroponte told the BBC that the OLPC had reached this milestone “despite all the naysayers.”

With the XO laptop now in full production the OLPC Foundation should have no trouble filling its first order of 100,000 XO notebooks for Uruguay and enough systems to cover the demand here in the United States for the Give 1 Get 1 promotion running from the 12th to November 26.



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RE: Question
By wordsworm on 11/8/2007 5:53:36 AM , Rating: 2
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All of the studies that I have seen has shown computers to be more of a distraction than a learning tool
It's been a long time since I had access to Concordia University's library, so I have nothing solid to backup my counter claim, any more than you do for yours. In any case, computer access had consistently been shown to improve students' work. It was found that the ease of checking for spelling, and allowing major to minor edits without having to actually rewrite the entire essay was beneficial.

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but the kids who will be using these will be too young to really understand the world anyways.


Show me someone who understands the world and I'll show you peace. With the laptop, at least they would have access to information. Even if 1/20 of those children use it for educational purposes, that's enough to make the project worth every penny.


RE: Question
By theapparition on 11/8/2007 8:30:30 AM , Rating: 3
I'm not going to get into an indepth debate on this, but I somewhat agree with the OP. These may sound like a good idea at first, but I have serious doubts on thier long term effectiveness. Time will tell, I hope the contries that are spending the money know what they are doing.

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In any case, computer access had consistently been shown to improve students' work. It was found that the ease of checking for spelling, and allowing major to minor edits without having to actually rewrite the entire essay was beneficial.

I'm not so sure of this. While calculators and computers can certainly improve the quantity of work, the focus in education should be quality. What good is a spell checker when the child can't spell at his required age level. Yes, it will fix mistakes, but that's not the point. Children should make mistakes, and those mistakes pointed out for them to learn. Calculators should only be used to get functions done quickly, not as a crutch with no understanding why 2+2=4. I'm not saying comptuters can't be usefull, just their implementation has to be done correctly.

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Show me someone who understands the world and I'll show you peace.

While I generally agree that knowledge is our most valuable resource, there are arguments against it, too. There have been plenty of hate organizations that wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for computers and the internet now. Also consider the signifigant rise of child predation and child pornography, all the result of access to "knowledge". As with anything, computers should be used as a tool. How the tool is used (for good or bad) is always up to the user.


"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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