We're finally getting close to a price where maybe, just maybe, a single-purpose e-reader makes some sense for schools. Here's why:
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Bought textbooks recently? If you have, I'm sorry. If you haven't, I'm jealous.
The phrase "Amazon ate my homework" may certainly have been uttered on more than one occasion since the New York Times reported on Amazon's deletion of specific editions of George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 from Kindle e-book readers (and no, the irony wasn't lost on anybody). Unless you live under a rock, you know that this has been a bit of a discussion topic in the blogosphere.
The short answer? No. No it won't. And the ecosystem is to blame.
I stumbled across an extraordinary children's book at our local library (for a town of 600, we somehow manage to have a great library). The book, though published in 1995, is still available new on Amazon.
I've been continuing to kick around the idea of going paperless in K-12 education, particularly at the elementary level. It's becoming something of a personal crusade as I watch teachers crank out reams of worksheets for their students and find money to buy toner to support their habit.
The OLPC XO is now available on Amazon:Now the question is, who's buying?
Maybe it's just some West Coast lag, but this appeared very early this morning Eastern time (Sunday night, this was still a pointer to the OLPC G1G1 program page).I'll check back when I regain consciousness in the morning.
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program will begin selling its XO laptop via Amazon this year in a reprise of its Give One Get One (G1G1) program, according to Ars Technica and several other outlets. Although the Ars piece paints this a real boon for OLPC, whose G1G1 program last year saw distribution problems of comic proportions, I have to ask, who cares?
In a wide-ranging interview with Xconomy, Nicholas Negroponte and Charles Kane (OLPC president) discussed future directions for the company after this month's major layoffs. The take-home messages?