Check Out Inveneo’s New Solar Powered Digital Library Kit
November 18, 2015 Editor 0
Imagine if your young child attended a school that did not have books, electricity, or the Internet. What educational opportunities would he or she be denied?
Throughout the developing world, millions of schoolchildren lack (or only have limited access to) books and basic learning resources, much less computers or the Internet. Transporting volumes of books or computers to schools can be expensive and logistically daunting. Digital libraries – tablets or computers (PCs) loaded with thousands of e-books and other educational resources – have begun to transform learning in the developing world. However, many existing digital library solutions require Internet or power.
Inveneo’s Solar Powered Digital Library (Solar Library) is uniquely and ruggedly designed for schools lacking educational resources, Internet, and power. It includes thousands of e-books, lectures, and other educational resources (e.g. Wikipedia) that can be accessed completely off-the grid.
Each tablet will be loaded with thousands of educational resources, including Wikipedia, Khan Academy math and science lectures, e-books, medical encyclopedias, as well as local, open source Haitian content. In addition, thousands of educational resources can be curated in English, French, French Creole, and Haitian Creole for the Haitian students.
Here’s How Inveneo’s Project Can Transform Education in Remote Areas of Haiti
Each Solar Library will provide access to thousands of educational resources and transform academic opportunities for over 400 children. The Inveneo team will soon launch a crowdsource campaign for the Solar Library soon and proposes to offer 15 Haitian schools both the Solar Library AND a teacher training course, which will be provided by Inveneo’s Haiti Project Manager, Michelet Guerrier. This training course will give teachers already working in the community the chance to learn how to best use the tablets as teaching tools. Inveneo aims to distribute 15 Solar Libraries to schools lacking Internet connectivity in the Central Plateau, Southeast, North, or West regions.
What’s in Each Kit?
The Solar Library fits completely inside a rugged hard case and includes:
- 5 Google Nexus 7 tablets with ruggedized cases
- A Solar PV charging system
- A Raspberry Pi with RACHEL educational content that students access offline
- Access to Wikipedia for Schools, Khan Academy math and science lectures, e-books, medical encyclopedias, and much more
- Power cables and graphic setup instructions
Inveneo’s Solar Library offers a designed and tested Silicon Valley solution.
The Inveneo team is excited to soon launch a crowdsource campaign that will feature the Solar Library. The goal is to raise $50,000 to send 15 Solar Libraries to 15 schools throughout Haiti. Sign up to receive updates to the exciting Inveneo campaign, and be sure to donate to help students in need!
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