Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Australian state considers cheap laptops for remote children

The government in Australia's Northern Territory is considering handing out cheap laptop computers to students in remote areas.

The United Nations 'one laptop-one child' initiative is already underway in Argentina, Rwanda and Pakistan.

The computers cost $US140 and use four watts of power.

This means they can operate on alternative energy, like solar power.

The Northern Territory Department of Education's Gregory Moo says the initiative could help improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Aboriginal children.

"We were fortunate to receive two machines and we've looked at them fairly extensively from a technical point of view," he said.

"I suppose the next step for us is to look at a whole class or a whole school.

"Some of the networking and collaboration features that these machines offer really can't be explored until you have all the children with the device."

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