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One laptop per child grants tablets to the children of Uruguay

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One Laptop Per Child plans to provide the government of Uruguay with 8,000 newly-released XO tablets to give more children access to educational technology.

The non-profit organization's pilot program, dubbed Plan Ceibal, is the first government program in the country to distribute educational technology to children under the age of six.

The XO tablet, designed and developed by OLPC, is customized for the region and comes preloaded with age-appropriate, local content suitable for the Uruguayan school system. The tablet uses Google's Android operating software and retails in the United States.

"There is early evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, to support the efficacy of tablets and touchscreen technology as learning devices for children as young as ages two to five," said Rodrigo Arboleda, OLPC Chairman and CEO. "As such, adding a fully functional and educationally focused tablet is a natural extension of the OLPC mission and an excellent complement to our existing and continuing laptop program."

OLPC was launched in 2005 by the MIT Media Lab as a project to provide modern education to children around the world through access to laptops and connected devices. The organization has since distributed 2.5 million XO laptops to children in 60 countries.

Via: One Laptop Per Child

— By on August 7, 2013, 5:59 AM PST

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