11 April 2008

One Laptop Per Child


We ordered one of these a few months back, taking advantage of the limited offer "Give one. Get one." One went to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. How cool is that?! And one just arrived here a few days ago. Apparently the demand took OLPC by surprise, and as a result it took quite awhile for ours to show up. But it arrived 2 days before the big birthday, so it worked out perfectly in the end.

Spud is in love with having his very own little laptop. It comes with a variety of sweet little applications [called activities]. If he had other little friends with one too, they would be able to network with each other. I'm especially in love with its design; it's beautiful and smart. A rare combination. Here's a 6 minute video about the thought and detail that went into this little gem.

I'm also in love with the mission of this non-profit organization.
"OLPC is a non-profit organization providing a means to an end—an end that sees children in even the most remote regions of the globe being given the opportunity to tap into their own potential, to be exposed to a whole world of ideas, and to contribute to a more productive and saner world community."

Check out the OLPC site to learn more.