Falling in Love with the XO All Over Again
I got involved with OLPC back in June of 2006. It’s hard to believe that was almost two years ago! Over the last two years this enthusiasm waxed and waned. It was only in January of this year that I really got to use the little device. At OLPC offices I disassembled and reassembled two XO’s. What fun! Probably the most fun I had had taking something apart since I tore apart an IBM compatible PC when I was 10. Taking the XO apart is a marvelous experience. You really see how amazingly well the hardware was designed.
Over the last two weeks I have been testing 130 XO’s and two school servers ahead of our upcoming pilots at Bashuki and Bishwamitra. At times it has been extremely frustrating but also extremely rewarding.
The social aspects of Sugar are what make the XO so fun and so compelling. You just don’t experience it with a few XO’s in one place. David Cavallo is right when he says that the key to OLPC is saturation and integrating it into the fabric of education. I experienced this second aspect very clearly when I was at the OLPC Learning Conference in January.