One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the nonprofit organization whose mission is to help provide every child in the world access to a modern education, has been awarded a bid by Plan Ceibal to provide 90,000 XO laptops for high school students in Uruguay.
This is the first time the OLPC XO laptops have been specifically designed for high school-aged students and represents a major expansion in the learning program that will have a global impact. Plan Ceibal has provided a connected laptop to every primary school student in Uruguay with 380,000 XOs and will now begin to expand the highly successful One Laptop per Child program to its high schools.
The XO high school laptop (XO HS) has the same industrial design as the original XO 1.0. Based on a VIA processor, it will provide 2X the speed of the XO 1.0, 4X DRAM memory and 4X FLASH memory. The XO high school laptop is designed with a larger keyboard better suited to the larger hands and fingers of older students. It will feature the learning-focused Sugar user interface together with the Gnome Desktop Environment to provide a dual-boot Linux operating system with office productivity tools.
These new laptops will be delivered with age-appropriate learning programs adapted to the scholastic needs of secondary schools. A new color variation for the laptopís case will be an option for the high school model.
The XO has been designed to work in the places that need it the most. It has a rugged surface which makes it well-suited for remote classrooms and daily transportation between home and school, uses three times less electricity than other laptops and can be powered by alternate sources like solar panels.
Deliveries of the XO high school edition laptops will begin in September 2010.