An article by the Associated Press reports on the progress of former MIT Media Lab director Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child Initiative. Industry-watchers say when the low-cost machines begin shipping to schools in developing nations such as Libya and Thailand later this year it will mark a significant shift in how students and teachers in these countries approach traditional classroom learning. Officials say the machines, which currently cost less than $150 apiece, will enable students to perform basic computing tasks such as eMail and word-processing and even allow children–many of whom have never used a computer before–to communicate with classmates and share information over wireless networks, all at a fraction of the cost of more full-featured computing options.