The MIT Media Lab is a year away from "rolling out" a global initiative to connect the world's underprivileged children with the rest of the world. "The MIT Media Lab has launched a new research initiative to develop a $100 laptop—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. To achieve this goal, a new, non-profit association, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), has been created." (Nicholas Negroponte Chairman and Founder of the MIT Media Lab is also the Chairman of the One Laptop Per Child initiative)
Negroponte was a guest on The Charlie Rose Show last night. It was impressive to hear how in 2007 there will be nearly 7 countries and about 7 million people who will benefit from these high-powered laptops. But who will teach them how to use them effectively? Yes, Seymour Papert and Google are good on any team. But if the students are not trained properly, the program fails. Teachers and librarians deal with this here at home everyday.
On a side note, I hope Mr. Negroponte is successful with this pioneering initiative. I just hope he doesn't forget about his own underprivileged students here at home (Katrina ring a bell?). They could also use the "lights from the laptops to see at night."