Monday, May 18, 2009

One Laptop Per Child

One Laptop Per Child is a non profit organization dedicated to providing technological opportunities to young underprivileged students from poor, rural communities around the world. Using the XO, a new ecologically friendly, 100$ laptop, developed by MIT, One Laptop Per Child is attempting to inspire a new generation of students, inspired and excited about using the latest technology. XO's allow students to take photographs and video, engage in basic computer programming simulations, paint, write, and even use multiple XO's to take distance measurements. XO's provide a new opportunity to these children; the opportunity to use groundbreaking technology to learn from and teach eachother, create and present personalized projects and to become comfortable with computers, as they continue to shape our society more and more.

This summer OLPC has given Kasiisi Primary School the chance to engage in this project, providing 100 XO's to distribute to all of the Primary 6 students. These laptops will be stored at the school for charging each night, and during the day the kids will have access to the wealth of opportunities that the XO's offer including  internet access, with the help of an accompanying server.

Three students are running this project; Ian Wrangham, Koojo Matthew, and Rwabuhinga Francis. Ian Wrangham is a Junior at Colorado College studying Environmental Science and Philosophy. Koojo Matthew is a Senior studying Business Administration at Kampala International University. Rwabuhinga Francis is a Freshman at Makerere University studying Environmental Planning.

This summer will provide a challenging project to all members involved, from the practitioners to the students.

Please stay posted as our summer evolves into what will hopefully be a groundbreaking movement to change the lives of the students in Primary Six at Kasiisi Primary School. Please stay updated on our progress, as lots of support will be crucial to the continued sustainability of this project.

The Kasiisi Schools, OLPC Project

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