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Installing Ubuntu On an OLPC XO

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  • by Hal_Porter (817932) on Saturday July 05, 2008 @02:16AM (#24064555)

    You mean this article?

    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_24/b4088048125608_page_2.htm [businessweek.com]

    The leaders of OLPC believe the laptops must be much more than electronic substitutes for textbooks if they are to profoundly effect learning. The group, an offshoot of MIT's Media Lab, which Negroponte launched 23 years ago, has based its educational philosophy on the theories of Seymour Papert, a Media Lab professor who pioneered the use of computers in elementary education in 1967. Papert, now retired, developed a theory called Constructionism, which posits that young children learn best by doing rather than by being lectured to. So to create a tool that could deliver more than rote lessons and e-books, OLPC designed the machine and its software to enable collaboration, exploration, and experimentation. "We're hoping that these countries won't just make up ground but they'll jump into a new educational environment," says David Cavallo, OLPC's chief education architect.

    CULTURAL IMPERIALISM?

    While this philosophy is essential to the mission of OLPC, it's also a source of tension. Current educational leaders in Peru embrace Constructionism, but most countries base their education systems on the idea that teachers pass their knowledge to receptive students. That was a problem for OLPC in China as well as India. India's education department, for instance, calls the idea of giving each child a laptop "pedagogically suspect," and, when asked about it recently, Education Secretary Arun Kumar Rath barked: "Our primary-school children need reading and writing habits, not expensive laptops."

    What's misinformed about it? It's skeptical coverage rather than the uncritical puff pieces you'd get in Wired or a blog but I don't think that's a bad thing.

  • Re:But, but..! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by wellingj (1030460) on Saturday July 05, 2008 @02:49AM (#24064633)
    Well if it you want a cell phone that is analogous to the OLPC, then then you want the Neo FreeRunner [openmoko.com] from Openmoko, not the iPhone.

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