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There was something in the news last fall about $100 laptops. What’s the story, and may I purchase them for my school?

Last fall, the MIT Media Lab unveiled a prototype of a $100 laptop. A new non-profit association, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), has been formed to help the governments of developing nations make bulk purchases of the laptops, which will be distributed to students through their schools, one per student. It is hoped that the laptops will be available by late 2006 or early 2007.

Based upon the current plan, individual schools will not be able to make purchases, but at least one U.S. governor has already announced that he wants to initiate a plan for his state to participate in the program. You can learn more about the project at “$100 Laptop”.

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