South Carolina is joining the Birmingham, Ala., school system in implementing low-cost laptops from the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child initiative here in the United States, reports the Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. Thousands of South Carolina children have limited access to computers, but education officials hope to change that through a statewide campaign launched May 12. The goal of the One Laptop Per Child/South Carolina initiative is to put laptop computers in the hands of elementary-age students statewide. Organizers kicked off the effort with an announcement in rural Marion District 7, where nearly 500 elementary school students in two schools will receive the laptop computers in a pilot program. The $100,000 pilot was paid for with private funding and is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Education and the nonprofit Palmetto Project. The goal is to expand the program to every school district in South Carolina. The laptops were developed by One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit organization dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and distributing inexpensive laptop computers to children across the globe. Charleston entrepreneur Phil Noble worked with One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte to bring the program to South Carolina–and other places, such as Birmingham, Ala., and New York City, are trying to start a program similar to the one here…

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