Building a smarter computing culture in Fargo, ND
Detailed commentary about OLPC in Ethiopia, Africa more generally. Disputes Negroponte’s claim that children are becoming programmers; notes instead that children are playing games and teachers are distracted. The costs remain prohibitive and neglects basic needs like textbooks. A comment lists three criteria for success:
1. Rigorous, appropriate training of teachers in the use, intergration and benefits of the laptops
2. Public-private partnerships to ensure that funding is injected into the programme from outside of limited state coffers
3. Open source textbooks are integrated into the software offerings of the laptops.