New study views OLPC Birmingham as a radical experiment

The OLPC program in Birmingham was a quick decision and rapid implementation by a district where it was a tremendous change from what had been done before. While it has not received new funding, some of the primary schools involved have continued with other laptop programs since then – the district still has dramatically greater access to computers and internet tools than others in the state.

A recent article in the International Journal of Learning and Media summarizes the 2-year research project of Shelia Cotten, with input from Mark Warschauer and Morgan Ames, shares their independent view of the pilot and its outcomes, describing it as a radical experiment.