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'$100 laptop' begins production

They’re starting to make them. I’ve read quite a few reports, such as CNET’s that goes on to comment on other low cost laptops. What really interests me, though, is the interface and the fairly radical approach to learning that the OLPC brings. It’s not really the hardware (interesting though that is), it’s the software…

Alt-C 2007 – Day 1

I’m now in Nottingham at ALT-C – which is a much larger conference than I’ve got used to! There are people everywhere – and a choice of 9 sessions to attend each time. The first Keynote was Michele Selinger (link to Elluminate recording), who spoke about a range of different “chasms” – and how we…

$100 laptop goes into production

It seems that the $100 laptop is finally hitting the production lines. . The BBC also have a handy guide to the machines, which seem to be pretty robust. I like the idea that there are some 400 combinations of design – so that children can identify their own. Intel, who have developed their own…

$100 laptop – in the hands of kids

They’ve finally started getting into the hands of children. The post is worth reading, as they’re commenting on the article that most other bloggers have linked to C|NET’s set of photos. Will Richardson’s comments have triggered an interesting debate on his site, looking at the pedagogy, whether or not they should extend the project to…

The Gapminder World 2006

Fascinating! From the Google labs. There are a number of variables that can be graphed against each other (e.g. Child mortality, population, Internet Users) – scales can be linear or logarithmic. The size of dot for each country can also be related to one of the statistical measures & finally the colour can be set…

Did you know …

Scott McLeod has uploaded several versions of Karl Fisch’s presentation “Did you know?”. I’m currently using a PC that’s not got sound, I’m not sure what extra you’d get with sound, but the Powerpoint slides have the main information on (and, they’ve done it with limited text on each slide :)). It’s US-centric, (though England…

Offline Wiki

Socialtext Enterprise Wiki is a wiki that can be synchronised, so that it can be worked on offline. I can see quite a few uses of this – and of other offline software. I’m currently also looking at a discussion board that VSO have for volunteers, both before they go, and while they are in…