XOs raise criticism

XO computers, distributed by the One laptop per child foundation, raise a number of criticisms in Uruguay, the second most active country in this project with 510,000 student users.

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XO computers, distributed by the foundation One laptop per child, raise a number of criticisms in Uruguay, the second most active country in this project with 510,000 student users.

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According to newspaper El Observador, 46 % of families with children using the XO feel that the device should be improved. The cost of repairs is considered too high by 26 % of parents and 21 % considers that the small computer is not sufficiently efficient. In addition, the tool would be too focused on the child's learning. Indeed, 42 % believe that the device should also be used for learning ... parents! In short, they want more! Only 9 % say the program is fine as it is.

That said, 85 % of children for their part rated the XO as satisfactory, which nevertheless represents a drop in popularity compared to 2009, the newspaper reports. Remember that the XO is a small, robust computer that is inexpensive and consumes little energy.

The article does not mention any brand new XO-H, larger computers launched a year ago for high school students.

Currently, more than two million children and teachers from 42 countries use the foundation's computers, including 1.7 million in Latin America and 400,000 in Africa. The country where we find the most is Peru, with 900,000 devices. The project One laptop per child was started in 2005 by teachers at the Media Lab, a department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, United States. It is funded by large IT companies.

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About the Author

Nathalie Cote
Nathalie is a journalist. His favorite themes are family, education, health, consumption, the environment and social phenomena. She contributes in particular to the newspaper La Presse.

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