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Published on May 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Shahan

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Solar + Tablets To Improve Global Literacy

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May 22nd, 2014 by
 

Originally published on Solar Love.

Solar-Powered Tablets Bring Literacy To Children In Ethiopia (via Solar Love)

Being a person who likes to tune out from electronics and tune into soil, painting, fresh air, long walks, or literature (through reading a quiet book), I recently found myself trying to keep up again with the younger generations of my children and…



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  • Ronald Brakels

    Shades of The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, a novel by Neil Stephenson wherein a young girl learns to read with the help of a rather extraordinary book. It’s a good read and I hope these kids learn to read good like I done.

    • Ronald Brakels

      Actually, now that I think about it, The Diamond Age would seem like a very weird novel if read today. Written twenty years ago it portrayed a China that seemed implausibly backward, even given the breakdown in central government that was part of that fictional world’s history. Read today it probably would seem quite bizarre. But it’s still a very good book. Think of it as a steam nanotech alternate past if you like.

  • Wayne Williamson

    Its like the realization of the one laptop per child effort, just using cheaper tablets.

    The other piece of this is a mesh network. Of course US carriers would never want to see that happen.

  • Kyle Field

    Great stuff and a very solid summary of their approach and thinking behind it. As a technologist, this reaffirms the critical importance of User Interface and User Experience (UI/UX) design. Interfaces should be intuitive to the point where you can do just this – drop them off and leave with maybe a “one pager” on how to turn it on, off, charge and clean it. Not that we don’t want to invest in training but it doesnt have to be a requirement if the device and OS are designed correctly (ie, original iOS).

    I gave my iphone to my 2yo son and within a few minutes, he was up and running. Now at 4, he’s likely beyond my understanding of the device, os, interface etc (ok, that’s a stretch, but you see what I’m saying).

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