Interesting to see this week’s story about the 30,000 Nicaraguan students who have just been given laptops under the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program. While this MIT initiative, launched several years ago by Nicholas Negroponte, has now distributed more than 2 million laptops to students, mainly in developing countries, many more are now in the hands of students across the globe. In fact, recent estimates by our Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation out of Seattle suggest that by the end of this year nearly 30 million students worldwide in K-12 will have their own laptop computer for access at school and at home.
This takes the idea of students having 24/7 access to their own laptop to what could be described as a ‘tipping point’, and with country wide initiatives underway in Argentina, Australia, Portugal, Turkey and Mexico to name just a few, it will surely only be a matter of time before we see universal access for students as the norm, not the exception in our schools. But so what? What will that mean? How will that impact on what our young people are doing when they are at school, in ‘technology-rich’ classes? Are we really prepared for this? Are our teachers?
Interested to hear how you see all of this playing out.