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Seymour Papert on bridging the digital divide
Computer pioneer explains how $100 laptops aim to extend technology to school-aged children worldwide.
2:10 p.m. in Room 105.
D.P. Corbett Business Building.
The talk is free and open to the public.

Famed as the first educator to advocate computers for children, mathematician, author and computer science pioneer Seymour Papert comes to U-Me to discuss the implications of making cheap laptop computers available to children throughout the world. Costing $100, each lime-green machine boasts wireless access, the GNU/Linux operating system, and a hand-crank to supply electricity.

An MIT professor emeritus and Blue Hill resident, Papert helped convince former Maine Gov. Angus King to champion the Maine school laptops initiative several years ago. His talk, at the invitation of the U-Me Computer Science Department, is titled "The Hundred Dollar Laptop: How Every Child in the World Can Have a Laptop and What This Means for the Global Economy."

Named by Newsweek as one of ten national innovators in education, Papert's books include "Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas" (1980); "The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer" (1992); and "The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap" (1996).

"These robust, versatile machines will enable children to become more active in their own learning," U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told reporters.


More information:
"School Laptops Initiator Seymour Papert to Discuss $100 Laptops Worldwide," U-Me Press Release.

"Cheap Laptops Are Planned for Kids," Businessweek.
Posted 2005-12-05 22:32:52 by Jon Ippolito
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