Dana Wollman with Giulia D’Amico, Vice President Business Development, One Laptop per Child. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x19f7jq_engadget-at-ces-2014-one-laptop-per-child-interview_tech
One Laptop Per Child – OLPC – continues to be a world leader in the development of innovative educational technologies. OLPC, founded in 2005, was created to design, manufacture and distribute educational devices to children around the world. In a few short years, OLPC made this vision a reality. To date, OLPC has distributed more than 2.8 million educational devices to children around the world.
Given the increased attention on the use of technology in education in the United States and abroad, OLPC has continued to act as a leader in the development of cutting edge educational technologies for children. This fall, OLPC announced an exciting and innovative device for use by children in and out of the classroom, the XO Tablet.
Children all have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up. These dreams inspire children to learn about the world. The XO Tablet encourages children to explore their dreams, as it comes with more than 200 educational Android applications and 200 books specially selected by the team at OLPC. Each dream on the XO Tablet has been selected to foster skills in areas such as math, science, language arts, music, programming and art.
In addition, as you complet e your holiday shopping on Amazon.com, please support OLPC through the Amazon Smile program. For every purchase made on Amazon.com, Amazon donates a portion of your purchases to support the OLPC project. Please visithttps://smile.amazon.com/ to start shopping now.
The OLPC Team
– UPDATE –
Shop at smile.amazon.com between now and December 31, 2013, and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the charity of your choice. This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price. Up to $1,000,000 extra will be donated to eligible charities as a result of this promotion. Restrictions apply
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NOOK’s Specially Designed Kids App Is COPPA Compliant and Features a Curated Reading Experience for Children on XO Tablets
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--October 21, 2013--
NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), one of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, and One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the global children’s educational non-profit born at the MIT Media Lab, announced today that a specially-designed NOOK App for Kids will come pre-installed on OLPC’s XO Tablet beginning this week.
The NOOK App for Kids provides a curated reading experience for children, with access to thousands of new and classic children’s titles, and is fully compliant with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Kids can easily find a favorite story and engage with the books and their favorite characters by digitally turning pages, interacting with the text, and zooming in and around graphics — all on the XO Tablet, the most flexible OLPC tool to date.
The app helps parents select books that are appropriate for their children by giving them complete control over the browsing and shopping experience. The XO Tablet will also come preloaded with the full NOOK for Android(TM) app for use in parent mode, providing adult users with access to more than 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, comics and graphic novels in the NOOK Store(R) , including more than a million free titles.
The multilingual XO Tablet designed and developed by OLPC — with XO Learning System and child-centric “Dream” interface provides children with access to state-of-the-art educational content curated in collaboration with leading educational experts. One Laptop per Child has become a model for providing disadvantaged children worldwide with the opportunity for education, a window to the outside world, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard to a brighter future.
“By partnering with One Laptop per Child, we are strengthening our commitment to make NOOK content available to new and existing customers across a broad range of platforms and devices,” said Mike Saturnia, Vice President and General Manager of NOOK Sales & Business Development. “Through the pre-installed NOOK App for Kids on the XO Tablet, we are opening NOOK’s expansive catalog of more than 3 million titles to even more families and children.”
“The intuitive nature of touchscreen technology makes connected tablets ideal learning tools for children. With the XO Tablet, we wanted children and their families to have the absolute best tools and the broadest access to educational information and content,” said Rodrigo Arboleda, CEO and Chairman, OLPC. “The addition of the new NOOK App for Kids offers children and parents a powerful reading tool and opens the door to an ever-expanding library of family-friendly content.”
The new NOOK App for Kids will be preloaded on the XO Tablet (7-inch, $149.99), available at Walmart, Walmart.com, Target.com, Toys”R”Us, ToysRUs.com, BrandsMart, BrandsMartUSA.com and OfficeDepot.com. The XO Tablet features an educational curriculum with lessons that draw from the top names in education, including Oxford University and Discovery Communication, and is built with parental dashboards that track usage and learning styles, allowing parents to better understand their child’s development. OLPC’s proceeds from XO Tablet sales are reinvested to further OLPC’s global mission, update and expand the XO Learning System, and subsidize the distribution of XO Tablets and Laptops to children in need throughout the world.
Like all Free NOOK Reading Apps(TM) , purchased content is safely stored through the NOOK Cloud(TM) , making it easy for customers to access digital books, magazines and more wherever they go. NOOK Reading Apps automatically synchronize a customer’s last page read across all of their devices. Customers can learn more about the full suite of Free NOOK Reading Apps at www.nook.com/apps.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 674 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK(R) products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store(R) (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 692 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.
NOOK(R) , NOOK Store(R) , NOOK Video(TM) , and NOOK Video Apps(TM) are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.
Follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter (www.bn.com/twitter), Facebook (www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/barnesandnoble).
About NOOK Media LLC
NOOK reading and entertainment products make it easy to Read What You Love, Anywhere You Like(TM) with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to the expansive NOOK Store(R) of more than 3 million (US) and 2.5 million (UK) digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps(TM) and NOOK Video Apps(TM) , available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products are available in the United Kingdom at leading retailers; NOOK content can be purchased at www.nook.co.uk.
For more information on NOOK, follow us on www.twitter.com/nookBN or www.twitter.com/nook_UK and www.facebook.com/nook or www.facebook.com/nookGB.
About XO Tablet, XO Learning and One Laptop per Child
The XO Tablet, fully designed and developed by OLPC, harnesses the power of a connected touchscreen device to create new ways for children to learn. Its launch also marks the global debut of the XO Learning System, designed as a child-centric interface to empower kids to build, learn and dream as part of OLPC’s mission. OLPC was launched in 2005 at the MIT Media Lab as a project to provide a modern education to every child around the world through access to laptops and connected devices. The organization has since distributed 2.8 million of its specially designed XO laptops to children in 60 countries, and the XO Tablet extends that experience into a modern tablet form factor.
Visit OLPC at http://www.laptop.org.
For FAQs, where to buy and more information on the XO Tablet, visit www.xotablet.com.
CONTACT: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Carolyn J. Brown, 212-633-4062
One Laptop per Child
Heather Gioco, 713-299-1312
SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2013
We are very excited to announce that the XO Tablet has been nominated for the 2013 She Knows Parenting Awards!
The XO Tablet has made it as a finalist in the ‘tablets for kids’ category. Here is a link to the page where you can vote.
Voting is live between today, September 24th and October 7th – and ANYONE can vote – so as they say, ‘vote early and vote often!’ and pass along to friends and colleagues!