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For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Carl’s wife, and organizer of the recent Disney trip. I am also good friends with another Â local blogger who has started www.bloggersforgood.org to benefit local charities. The first event will be on February 19 from 6-8 pm at O’Faolain’s in Sterling VA (right by Regal Cinemas). A portion of the restaurant tab, raffle sales, and direct donations will go to Loudon Interfaith relief. Several local bloggers will be there, as well as Carl who will take some pictures of the event.
Hope to see some of you there!2 comments
The OLPC is a sub $200 laptop created with the goal of providing a laptop to every child in the world. Right now you can buy two of them for $400 and they will ship one to you and the other to a child in a part of the world that needs one.
The machine is fairly nice. It has Wifi, ethernet, USB ports, sound in/out, a decent screen which even works in the bright sunlight, a still/video camera, a nice battery, and more. It really is a lot of machine for the money. It includes a web browser and several applications for kids to learn how to work with computers like how to program, memory games, music composition, and more. And if you are at all linux savvy you can install other stuff too (the operating system is linux although you don’t have to be a geek to make the machine work). Their help site (wiki.laptop.org) is very well done and has great information too.
I just bought one (and donated one) because I think my son will love having his own laptop. I was even showing him something last night called “Turtle Graphics” which is programming language (formally called LOGO) on my computer and he was very interested in how to make the turtle draw what he wanted….and LOGO is built into the OLPC. It even has the PYTHON programming language built in which is what makes most of the web work! What a great thing to learn. And it comes with a number of games and funner stuff too like the ability to compose music.
So, if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet and are interested in something that is both educational and also might help a kid somewhere else in the world, this might be a great idea.1 comment