[p2p-research] Thanks for: Suggestions wanted for education to p2p practices and attitude

M. Fioretti mfioretti at nexaima.net
Sat Nov 28 18:11:25 CET 2009

On Sat, Nov 28, 2009 11:37:26 AM -0500, Paul D. Fernhout wrote:
> Michel Bauwens wrote:
> >cell phones are great for daily life, but cannot replace computers for
> >learning ...
> Well, when it is all you have, a smartphone is better than nothing.
> They are getting more and more impressive.

I think one of the reason you and Michel disagree may be that you're
thinking to different levels of learning. You may both be right, in
different situations.

For primary school stuff, a modern cellphone (cfr Wannigame) is
enough, as is already more powerful than the TeacherMate and has the
same advantage described in my article (feels more personal, can use
it without sitting still...). From high school up, it's an entirely
different thing.

> >rather than cellphones, it's the netbook trend that OLPC itself
> >spawned which creates other alternatives to it,
> People say this, even the OLPC project, but I don't believe it.
> There were small light computers before the OLPC.

Sure, but it's only AFTER the OLPC (and, I feel, *because* of it) that
other makers took the idea seriously enough that people started to
find piles of cheap EEes, Acer Aspire and similar stuff in every
computer store. So I think Michel is right on this, OLPC does have
this particular merit.

Your own civil rights and the quality of your life heavily depend on how
software is used *around* you:            http://digifreedom.net/node/84

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