updated 11:50 am EDT, Thu August 17, 2006
OLPC First Use in Thailand
Wide-scale deployment of the $100 computer isn't set to begin until 2007, but beginning in October five hundred Thai schoolchildren will be the first to use MIT's One Laptop Per Child system as part of final testing. If successful, the laptops would eventually replace individually-assigned paper books altogether in elementary schools, Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra said. The Thai leader cited the availability of books online as the reason. These early tests are particularly important for the OLPC project, as prospective clients - including China, Egypt, and India - will want assurances that students can actually benefit from a shift towards computer-focused learning.