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posted on Nov. 8, 2012, 4:08 p.m. by Andy Smith

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I have long found One Laptop Per Child to be an interesting initiative, but one that I have very mixed emotions about.

On the one hand, I think technology is a wonderful tool for inspiring and educating children and adults. It provides wonderful opportunities to explore and experiment as well as familiarizing children with tools that they will likely encounter as they grow older.

On the other hand, we live in a world of limited resources and I cannot help but wonder if this is the correct allocation of those resources. While it is a compelling to think that we can just drop a box of laptops in a village or school and the children will learn to use them, my own experience suggests that some of that money could be better spent on things like professional development for teachers, or other programs to better utilize existing technology.

As for the implications for STARS, I think the key lesson for us is to carefully observe what works and doesn't work in all of our outreaches, but to also keep an open mind so that we don't rule out/miss techniques that we had not thought of ahead of time.


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