... Or 3500 OLPCs instead ?
Apr 11, 2007
1:04 PM EST
|If you want press, then I'm sure you'd get a lot more mileage out of buying 3500 OLPCs and sponsoring a few schools in Developing countries.
If you want my charitable contributions, make sure you have a worthy cause.
Apr 11, 2007
1:43 PM EST
|Actually, that's not a bad idea. Frankly, OLPC is not widely known either, though. That gets the project in the IT press, but not the mainstream media - or in front of millions of "average" people. Still, it is a decent idea.|
Apr 11, 2007
3:30 PM EST
|stephanfeb, that is a great idea...fantastic in fact. What can I do to help you get it started? I am waiting for a response.
Besides that, we have schools here in America that need help. Ever heard of Komputers4Kids via Lobby4Linux?
Apr 12, 2007
6:56 AM EST
|I recently had a question on just this point about OLPC and American schools -
The gist I got from the individual was that we don't need more computers in schools and issuing kids computers that they can take home is a bad idea because our taxes are high enough already.
Here's the post I put up:
Quoting: Truth Seeker wrote: A real problem is the use of computers for education. I think it is great! A fantastic piece of equipment to have. BUT, for the parents who cannot afford computer for their children, I believe the children's education suffers from this. Even with comps in the classroom, research and homework assignments cannot be done from home if they cannot afford a computer. They may not live close to a library, or unable to have access to a computer. What do these kids do? Their grades should not suffer because they don't have a computer to do their homework with/on. Anyone know more than I on this? I know I don't know all the fatcs.
And here are the reply posts questioning the benefit of laptops for students in our school district:
Quoting: DarrenR114 I do hear what you are saying, I do have and have had my kids use the computer to help them in a report. However, what do the parents do that cannot afford one. And I still stand by my thoughts on the calculator. That has gotten misused if you ask me & has become a crutch. So have the new computerized cash registers. Have you ever given anyone $5.03 for something that was $4.53 and they gave you a blank look? They are have no clue as to why you gave them the 3 cents... or better yet, give the 3 cents AFTER you gave the $5 and the register already told them to give you back the 47 cents... then they are even more confused! They don't realize that the 3 cents would make you be able to give them back 50 cents... I agree with outdated text books. Having kids in high school & college, I do see how fast the books become out dated when the college requires the newest edition the next semester! I understand all of that. I am just saying that if not careful, the computers will go the way the calculator did.... it is bad enough now, when they do a paper on the computer, they have the spell check & grammer check.. they no longer have to look a word up in a dictionary nor do they have to know correct correct grammer. Yes, I know I have a spelling problem Laughing I live with my dictionary.. not on here though Laughing kids don't understand what it is to look it up. They will not learn to spell it, it is automatically corrected for them. If they have to keep looking it up, sooner or later it might click in their head.... I am all for tech... but to a limit... and not all will be that way as it has already been proven ======= DarrenR11 Here is an example of what I am saying:
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