Ars technica is reporting
on an odd plan for how to distribute the One Laptop Per Child's XO-3 touchscreen tablet: "'We'll take tablets and drop them out of helicopters into villages that have no electricity and school, then go [back] a year later and see if the kids can read,' [OLPC founder Nicholas] Negroponte told The Register. He reportedly cited Professor Sugata Mitra's Hole in the Wall experiment as the basis for his belief that dropping the tablets will encourage self-directed literacy.
Among the major challenges that the OLPC project was never able to fully overcome during its laptop days were supporting the hardware in the field and providing teachers with the proper training and educational material. In light of the cost and difficulty of tackling those issues, its not hard to see why the eccentric stealth drop approach looks appealing to Negroponte.
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