One Laptop per Child reaches 20K devices in Aussie schools

One Laptop per Child reaches 20K devices in Aussie schools

Summary: Not-for-profit organisation OLPC Australia's new program, One Education, has now distributed 20,000 computing devices to schools throughout Australia, with a celebration held last week at a school where every student and teacher has a device.

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    According to Srikhanta (pictured above with five-year-old kindergarten student Emma Kusumo), low socio-economic schools that choose to participate and then allocate budget to the program are more likely to make full use of the devices, rather than schools that were simply gifted laptops under the original project.

    "People opting in are going to find ways of using this tool in a way that suits them ... we needed to get out of the business of telling people how to use the machine, and instead give them the tools, give them the opportunity and some space to learn it before getting the kids to learn it, because the kids are going to race ahead. Then the idea from that point forward is the teachers would use the machines daily," he said.

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    The XO-duos have allowed children as young as five to learn robotics and programming. Here, Emma Kusumo operates a Lego robot plugged in via USB through a computer program, entering commands of her own for the robot to complete.

    The children we spoke to agreed that they would much rather do their schoolwork on their XO-duos than in books, with many saying that they can type faster than they can write.

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    Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the OLPC program, "One Education is providing the tools and resources for primary school children to engage with technology like never before. It provides teachers and students with the means to connect with each other and to develop skills that are a pathway to our nation's continuing prosperity."

    Here, a year 3 class works on programming a game.

Topics: Laptops, Government AU, Tablets, Australia, Education

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