It might sound like a dream, but a delivery of free XO laptops for Macdonough School in Middletown, Conn., was actually quite real, reports the Middletown Press–and as a result, students can study, learn, and play on the dust-, wind-, and waterproof computers with rubber keyboards and even can bring them home. Students in an after-school computer club are taking advantage of the laptops, which came via the One Laptop Per Child initiative’s "Give One, Get One" program and the kind heart of North End Action Team Executive Director Izzi Greenberg, who organized the donations. "The goal ultimately is to have one of these for every kid in the school," Greenberg said. At this time, 24 children are divided into two groups and alternate weeks they use the laptops in their after-school program. Once a week, a child may take one home. "The sense I’ve gotten is these things are such a good learning tool," Greenberg said. Children can go online or chat computer to computer. They can create their own programs, read books, make videos, and enjoy a variety of other uses for the computers. Fourth-grader Kimberly Chambers likes the program TamTam, which allows children to write music. "You can make music on there," she said happily. "That’s my favorite." Because the XOs are available mostly for children in third-world countries, they have not been used in many communities in the United States. That means there is no model to follow, and Greenberg and the school are basically winging it and learning as they go…

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