The Vodafone Foundation has unveiled a portable "Instant Classroom" that it hopes will give 15,000 child refugees across Africa access to tablet-based education.
The digital school in a box, which has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, can be set up in 20 minutes and can be used in classrooms where there is no electricity. The Foundation has partnered with UNHCR to bring the Instant Classroom to 12 schools in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the next 12 months.
See also video in a Zambian classroom Grade 2 level using this: http://youtu.be/rhV70KUJ2Js
"What differentiates iSchool from other education tablets created for use in the developing world, such as the Aakash 2, One Laptop Per Child XO tablet and the Intel Studybook, is the company's focus was on creating a solid curriculum first and a technology product second."
Interesting development of a very expensive Chinese version of the iPad: RedPad Number One. Seems it caters for government officials and Communist Party members, hence the high price tag.
A Guide to Innovation, Flexibility, and Mobility for Learning Digitally
A Tablet PC is a unique type of computer that allows the user to "ink" his or her input — words, sketches, diagrams and even math and science notations — and have them saved digitally. It can offer teachers new solutions for teaching and engage students so they are excited about coming to class — or doing fieldwork — and learning. The key to innovation is in their flexibility and mobility.
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