The One Laptop Per Child initiative's little green laptops include the typical eMail, word processing, and graphic software--but TamTam, a piece of open-source software that allows children to create their own music, is central to the group's educational mission, reports the Wall Street Journal. TamTam incorporates dozens of sounds and instruments from around the world. It has caught on in rural Thailand, where some children there formed a band that plays traditional Thai music using the OLPC computer. TamTam's approach to teaching music is rooted in the Western child-development theories of Dr. Seymour Papert, an influential MIT scholar in mathematics,

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