writes: Uruguayan teacher Óscar Cabrera compiled a list of anecdotes about the first year of the OLPC project in a rural community in Cerro Largo (Uruguay).
(as you may recall, Uruguay was the first to do a countrywide deployment of the XO laptop, as previously covered http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/12/077205 here ). Among the most interesting (translated):
"It was unthinkable for most of these children to own a computer. A girl told me that his father said that he would buy her a computer when chicken grew teeth", said Cabrera.
It became a part of daily life, as evidenced by these messages he received:
"I'm not letting Nicolás get his XO because he ignores me and doesn't respect me."
"Nelson is late because he forgot his XO in the drawer"
For the teacher, the arrival of the OLPC project (locally called Plan Ceibal) "is something very positive, one of the most important things done in the last years", because of the acquired knowledge and because of the fact that "any child, no matter his economic status, has access to the same tool".Link to Original Source
writes: President Tabaré Vazquez of Uruguay delivered yesterday the 100.000th OLPC laptop, starting the Ceibal Plan (Uruguay's OLPC initiative) rollout in the capital city of Montevideo, where an additional 300.000 laptops will be delivered (an impressive feat considering that Uruguay has a population of 3.000.000).
The laptop itself was received by a 6-year old child of School N 157 from Villa García. The first grade children received the laptops one by one, but were unable to open them before the teachers showed them the mechanism. Fourth graders, on the other hand, were already making plans: "we will study, listen to music and play with the computers".
The Ceibal project has been involved in several other activities, including a book, " Ceibal in the society of the 21st century — References for parents and educators", and "Programming Jam" style activities for developing much-needed software for the laptops (there are future Jams programmed for August 8th, and September 6th. A (spanish-language) mailing list for those of you that want to help can be found here:
writes: BBC reports that a nasal spray based on the "love hormone" oxytocin, which increases trust for strangers, is showing promise as a treatment for social phobia according to scientists from Zurich University.
They found that people who inhaled the "love hormone" oxytocin continued to trust strangers with their money — even after they were betrayed. Brain scans showed the hormone lowered activity in the amygdala — a region which is overactive in social phobics.
These findings were initially reported to Nature, according to an earlier article titled "Scientists create 'trust potion' "
Slashdot discussed similar findings (not oxytocin specifically) in this story:
And the obligatory Wikipedia reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OxytocinLink to Original Source