Tuesday 10.30.12
"The goal: to see if illiterate kids with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves… Children [in the remote villages in Ethiopia] had never previously seen printed materials, road signs, or even packaging that had words on them…
…OLPC workers dropped off closed boxes containing the tablets, taped shut, with no instruction. “I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch … powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android,” Negroponte said. “Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera, and they figured out the camera, and had hacked Android.”
This is awesome.

"The goal: to see if illiterate kids with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves… Children [in the remote villages in Ethiopia] had never previously seen printed materials, road signs, or even packaging that had words on them…

…OLPC workers dropped off closed boxes containing the tablets, taped shut, with no instruction. “I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch … powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android,” Negroponte said. “Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera, and they figured out the camera, and had hacked Android.”

This is awesome.