Here is a heartwarming piece from DVice. The One Laptop Per Child project has been handing out tablet computers to schoolchildren in Africa. They had been delivering them via schools but, in this instance, they just pushed them off the truck. Not only did the kids figure out how to use the tablets, without help, they figured out how to turn on the little camera. Since the tablets are preloaded with educational software, and the camera disabled, this was a good trick – hence the term “hacking” in the title.
The OLPC Project delivered boxes of tablets to two villages in Ethiopia, taped shut, with no instructions whatsoever.
Instructions would have been useless, because this is a remote village without written language. Some of the comments cry colonialism, i.e., “who says kids in a remote Ethiopian village need to learn English from a tablet computer?”
Fair enough, but Jeremiah scents something even more diabolical – a plot to get rid of teachers! We are anxiously waiting for Dr. Negroponte to distribute his magical tablets in Chicago.
See also: Dr. Sugata Mitra