Computers are today's pencils

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Not everyone has a computer. And, not all schools have access to the types of technology that are second nature to many of us at our workplace. It is also true that many people in the general public don't know about open source and the free alternatives that are available to them, like LibreOffice instead of Micrsoft Word.

The Kramden Institute is doing something about it by refurbishing computers and installing Ubermix on them, which is an open source operating system preloaded with over 60 educational, science, and learning applications for students.

Owning a personal computer has been made a reality for over 12,500 kids so far who were otherwise lacking and thus having a hard time crossing the digital divide. And, more schools' computer labs have a leg up with Ubermix.

This video shows just how massive the effort is—piles of computer parts, volunteers assembling computers, and kids understanding hard drives!

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Pennies apiece, need no batteries, can be carried in just about any pocket. Nope. The pencil is still the pencil of today.

I think you missing the point which is that having computers in school is just as import as having pencils in school, not that their is no longer a need for pencils.

Today, our prevailing information landscape is networked, digital, and abundant. If students do not have convenient access to the technologies that help us read, work and communicate in this environment, then we're just preparing them for the 1950s...

I don't want to take away from what the Kramden Institue has done here, but shouldn't there be at least a respectful nod to <a href=>Reglue</a> (formerly Helios)? The non-profit organization that Ken Starks founded has been getting computers into the hands of underprivileged families and communities for nearly 20 years now. The man deserves a lot more recognition than he gets for the example he has been providing.

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