What is the OLPC Project? The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child.
What this means is that a non-profit organization is giving free low-cost, durable, laptops to entire schools and one for each child in that school to take home and use.
The XO laptop is the one used for the OLPC Project. It is about the size of a textbook and lighter than a lunchbox.
With it’s round edges and portable design it was made for children in mind.
It has two antennas for wifi connections, a hand cranck to power it up when a electric socket is not available, it runs linux, low cost ($100), buildt in camera, microphone, keyboard and touchpad.
The XO has no hard drive to crash and only two internal cables. For added robustness, the machine's plastic walls are 2mm thick, as opposed to the standard 1.3mm. Its wireless antennas, which far outperform the typical laptop, double as external covers for the USB ports, which are protected internally as well.
Use In The ESL Classroom There are ESL classrooms all over the world and the XO laptop is perfect for English classes in developing countries. Many schools even here in Puerto Rico do not have the means to provide computers in every classroom. The XO solves this by only costing $100 or free if your school qualifies for the OLPC Project. It is a laptop ad we already know how to use them in the classroom. This just simplifies the way to obtain one for each student in the school.
My Opinion The XO is a awesome machine for it’s durability, keeping in mind the needs of a child and it’s affordability. The OLPC Project is a blessing bringing new forms of education to places that once were imposible to obtain.
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