The government of Macedonia announced today that it was the first Balkan country to deploy a major 1:1 computing effort, deploying 53,000 Classmate PCs to all of the country's first through third graders. Perhaps just as importantly, the program also provides all 22,000 teachers in grades 1-8 with an Asus Eee PC and extensive professional development on the use of 1:1 resources in the classroom.
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Intel announced an innovative e-reader today that wants nothing to do with being a Kindle-killer. This e-reader, in fact, arguably has more educational implications than the current generation of e-readers.
Intel awarded four $100,000 prizes today at IDF as part of their INSPIRE/EMPOWER Challenge. Interestingly, three of the prize winners made use of the Intel Classmate PC.
Guess what? One single device wins this award in my book. It wins for both best and worst simultaneously. What is it? It's the OLPC XO.
I had a chance to speak again briefly with Intel spokesperson, Agnes Kwan, Friday afternoon to follow up on the messy Intel-OLPC divorce. Although there was quite a bit that she couldn't say (Intel has been a bit more discreet in this than Nicholas Negroponte), there are a few bits worth mentioning.
Ars technica is reporting that Intel is aggressively working to convince the makers of the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child, whose actual product is called the XO) to include Intel chips in its design.
From the maybe-they're-just-trying-to-make-nice-with-government-regulators-but-who-cares-about-their-motivations department, Intel announced today that it was partnering with President Obama's Innovate to Educate program to the tune of $200 million in teacher training initiatives over the next three years.
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I had a great talk with Intel's Jeff Galinovsky today about the updated Convertible Classmate they previewed at CeBIT. While I covered many of the technical details already based on their press release and promotional materials, he was able to give me some additional details about their growing ecosystem and new content for the updated Classmate.
I can almost smell the holy grail...the right hardware, the right ecosystem, the right price. Intel has hit a home run with its Studybook.