In hopes of combating illiteracy and truancy, about 2,000 low-cost laptops from the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child initiative have been delivered to three schools in Aboriginal communities in Australia, where illiteracy often can be multi-generational, Reuters reports. Soon after getting one of the small green laptops distributed free to Aboriginal school children, Jericho Lacey learned his computer was good for more than just homework. From his home on Elcho Island, an impoverished tropical outpost, Lacey writes school essays and occasionally plays "maze games" and surfs the net. "Hopefully, my children will become digitally connected to the rest of the...

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