- First of all, I work for a school district that struggles to get technology into the hands of kids, and this frustrates me to no end as a parent. So if the school district won't do it, my wife and I will.
- Secondly, there's the philanthropic aspect (coupled with the spirit of giving at this time of year) of donating a machine to a child.
- Finally, I'm a geek, and I'll get to play with it as well).
Helping G1G1 Parents
However, I think that there are a lot of parents out there who are going to start surfacing more and more who are in the same boat as Drew: a little bewildered with the XO laptop.
The easy answer to this question is "Give it to the kids, they'll understand.". But what about the first time they don't understand? They're going to go to their parents and they won't understand either, and the machine is going to end up just like last years Christmas gifts, gathering dust in the bottom of the toy box. I applaud parents like Drew who are at least making the effort in advance to understand the machine prior to putting it in the hands of their child.
I'm thinking about this from the "first world" point-of-view, and I can't imagine what things are going to be like in the third-world (where these machines are going) where it's not only the first time that the kids have seen or used a computer, but the teachers as well. I think we as a tech community (and OLPC as well) need to focus on supporting not just the devices, but the people (adults and children) who own these devices.
What's your ideas? And actions?
And how can we publicize them on OLPC News and promote them in the OLPC News Forum?