There's been some feather ruffling lately over the fact that the One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC) is failing to reach it's $100 per unit goal, is hovering closer to $175 these days, per recent Slashdot postings.
The calculator-based math teachers may be snickering over this failure, as a $100 laptop designed specifically for technical curricula (e.g. pre-engineering) would put a big dent in the TI market share.
But I just wanted to reassure the gnu math teachers out there that CP4E != OLPC, by which I mean: Guido's original DARPA-funded Computer Programming for Everybody never targeted any specific hardware, but was instead focussed on a specific computer language, namely Python.
CP4E is still language-centric, not tied to some ever- receding pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow (e.g. some $100 laptop computer).
So don't be demoralized. I know a lot of us have already plans to fan out across the country this summer, in our various "bizmos" (RV type rigs with ed biz credentials -- better at tax time). We've been building our kits, assembling our materials.
Having the new OLPC models to show and tell about was much on the minds of at least a few of us -- and that may still happen, even in 2007. But don't hold your breath. CP4E rolls on either way.
I'll see you (some of you) on the road. I was sorry to miss Cochella last year. Maybe we'll see ya at Camp I Am (another inspiration for the Earthala Project).