One Laptop per Child

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is an organization that produces extremely low-cost, Linux-based laptops designed for use in the developing world. It is a controversial program, criticized for paternalism, tech-solutionism, and flawed design choices (Robertson, 2018), but the laptops have interesting potential within and beyond their intended uses.

Use cases

Build a class mesh network

OLPC machines have built-in wifi that enables them to network with each other even when an Internet connection isn't present. striegl & Emerson (2019) propose strategies for creative networking with this technology.

How to use it

Replacement for

  • Chromebooks, which incline students toward lock-in on Google services


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