We hear a lot about notebook computers for kids in developing nations with the Intel Classmate and OLPC XO notebook. What we don’t hear much about is providing kids in developed nation’s access to laptops in the classroom.
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A new mini laptop aimed at the classroom is being used by 1,600 students in the UK. The notebook is an ASUS RM Minibook that is small enough to fit into a book bag and weighs less than a bottle of your favorite soft drink.
The 1,600 notebooks currently in use in the UK test school were purchased by the parents of the students in the pilot program. Students on the free lunch program got discounts on the equipment. "The kids like them just because they are small. There's a cute factor," said Noel Potter, IT technician at St Mary's primary school in Grangetown, Middlesbrough. The Minibook is VAT free to schools and each system comes in at £169, which is still more than the XO notebook.