A growing number of governments around the world are investigating and implementing pilots or programs to distribute low-cost computing devices (LCCDs) for schools in their countries. The potential LCCD market is vast. According to Intel Corporation, "There are 1.3 billion school-age children around the world, and of those, only five per cent have access to a PC...”1 This toolkit module examines the LCCD arena, analyzes costs, identifies implementation issues, and reviews different countries' experiences with LCCD programs.
More specifically, Section 2 defines LCCDs and provides examples of devices that are currently being tested and deployed in school projects around the world. Section 3 identifies the various cost elements involved in LCCD deployments. In addition to the LCCD itself, there are other items that must be consider in implementing an LCCD project, including electricity, networking, software, training, transport, and distribution and maintenance. Section 4 examines implementation details, such as coordinating LCCD programs and deciding which schools and students should receive LCCDs. Section 5 provides several case studies about LCCD deployments in different countries around the world. There is also a "checklist for planning and implementation of an LCCD project.