Laptops for kids

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Bringing information tools to kids on the islands

The One Laptop Per Child initiative led by Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Lab fits right in with a lot of things that I have wanted to see happen for a long time. I hope that a million of these laptops will soon be in the hands of students all over the Philippines, including my home island of Cebu.

When Commissioner Dondi Mapa, the brilliant and tireless guy in charge of business development for the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), visited Cebu on November 17 I had a chance to discuss some strategies for our government to fund an order -- one million units is the minimum.

Topics to come:
  1. funding strategies with DepEd (see this entry)
  2. annotated links
  3. the screen and e-book reader use
  4. fluency with IT for teachers, a training module

2 Comments:

  • Hi Fred. The One Laptop for Every Child project is great. Does CEDFIT have plans of bringing in a few units in the country for a proof of concept?

    By Blogger digitalfilipino, at 3:56 PM, November 22, 2005  

  • Hi Janette, you are good! I haven't started to publicize this blog, and you found it already. Perhaps you could help me spread the word, you know a lot more about Internet marketing than I do.

    Samples of the laptop won't be ready until February. We certainly will do our best to bring some here and into the hands of decision-makers. Some of the decision-makers you know (Mar) could make a big difference in increasing DepEd's budget 2-3% to fund this.

    By Blogger Frederick Kintanar, at 6:53 PM, November 22, 2005  

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