Briella Weber, Paul Corrin deputy principal and Codey Simpson using XO laptops at Mt Archer State School. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Briella Weber, Paul Corrin deputy principal and Codey Simpson using XO laptops at Mt Archer State School. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Laptop can be fixed and upgraded by school children

GONE are the days of rulers, erasers, pencils and stacks of notebooks on the classroom desk.

Now students have the internet at their fingertips every hour of the school day, with laptops and iPads becoming a common item on school lists.

The 620 students at Mt Archer State School in Rockhampton are among some of the local schools that have recently jumped onboard the One Education program, designed by Rangan Srikhanta.

The program aims to reduce the digital divide by empowering parents and schools to adopt socially responsible technology and ensure technology reaches those who could otherwise not afford it.

Last year every student in the school was given an XO laptop which is designed to be maintained by children.

Mt Archer acting deputy principal and Year 6 teacher Paul Corrin said every child having their own laptop was beneficial for both their schooling and personal growth.

"The XO laptop is such a great, affordable alternative to iPads and tablets," Mr Corrin said.

"Every student is given their own laptop for the year and they are responsible for that laptop so it also gives them some ownership and responsibility.

"These laptops are also designed to be fixed and maintained by the children themselves, they can repair and replace screens, the battery and anything else on the laptop."

THE THOUGHT BEHIND THE XO:

One Education CEO Rangan Srikhanta wanted every school to have a strong focus on equity and to give every child access to the same technology.

Currently, Mr Srikhanta has rolled out 50,000 XO computers to hundreds of schools across Australia.

One Education has designed an upgraded version of the XO called the Infinity which has been pre-ordered by more than 500 schools around Australia.

Mr Srikhanta's inspiration for the One Education programme came from America's One Laptop per Child project.

More about the laptop here

UPDATE:

One Education have advised that the XO stock is currently exhausted as One Education are focusing on the release of the Infinity which they anticipate will be cheaper for the schools due to a more efficient manufacturing process and materials used.

Schools can enquire about the Infinity for their classrooms on the special education page on the One Education website here: http://au.one-education.org/pages/schools
 



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