Collaboration

Everyone has the potential for being both a learner and a teacher. We have chosen to put collaboration at the core of the user experience in order to realize this potential. The presence of other members of the learning community will encourage children to take responsibility for others' learning as well as their own. The exchange of ideas amongst peers can both make the learning process more engaging and stimulate critical thinking skills. We hope to encourage these types of social interaction with the laptops.

In order to facilitate a collaborative learning environment, the laptops have networking capabilities which allow them to see and interact with each other. By exploiting this connectivity, every activity has the potential to be a networked activity. We aspire that all activities take advantage of this potential. As an example, consider the web-browsing activity bundled with the laptop distribution. Normally one browses in isolation, perhaps on occasion sending a friend a favorite link. On the laptop, however, a link-sharing feature integrated into the browser activity transforms the solitary act of web-surfing into a group collaboration. Where possible, all activities should place strong focus on facilitating such collaborative experiences.

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