theorycast.35 :: OLPC = Really “Social” Computing

Topic: OLPC • Show Guest: Kelvin Lee • Music: SeaStars 2007 • Show Length: 20 mins

Having received his OLPC from the Give 1 Get 1 (G1G1) program, senior OLPC-ologist Kelvin goes through this little funky green computer with me, highlighting its unique features and discussing its potential as an education project (not a laptop project!).

While we delve into the OLPC’s hardware and software design, what’s important to note about this device is that almost every app we played with allowed for fellow OLPC users to “join in” via wifi network. Think of it as a true multiplayer computer, be it for collaborative writing, music making, etc. That’s a killer feature for classrooms if students get to work in groups.

So, do you think the OLPC will actually help third-world students learn?
I think it’s darn clever, only if we don’t forget the human support needed to sustain it.

Unless the OLPC foundation announces another G1G1 program, we’re outta luck. Meantime, you can keep in touch with the OLPC community at as well as the official site,

Lastly, be sure to read the Rambling Librarian’s thorough opinion on whether the OLPC will work for learning.

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