[OLPC-SF] Microsoft Is Joining Low-Cost Laptop Project - New York Times
jim at well.com
Sun May 18 03:36:00 EDT 2008
(somebody stop me)
> Yes, the medium in this case can
> also be a part of the message for computing-related topics, but what
> about topics that aren't even remotely related to computers...such as
> purification of water?
kids are much more aware of other kids than
adults. imagine a school with some kids and
bear in mind those kids will be aware of the
kids in the other schools...; my point: large
numbers of kids aware of each other.
a few of those kids, given the opportunity,
will take to programming and system
administration. their abilities will be prized.
they'll interact with kids who don't have such
an interest but do have interests in, oh, say,
purification of water, or games, or health, or
business.... kids with various interests will
encourage each other, and momentum will build,
kids' competencies are likely to outstrip those
of their teachers.
the above scenario is more likely with an
all-open source platform than with one that is
even such operating system features as the
essential user interface, the kernel, device
drivers (modules), libraries..., if open will
permit faster and deeper involvement. the areas
of math and reading/writing will likely benefit
with greater OS openness.
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