Hardware

Giving Everyone a Laptop is Counterproductive for Learning

Here’s a quiz for you. Let’s say you are in the middle of a rural below-poverty-line area in a developing country. Let’s say you have 30 mobile phones, or 30 tablets, or 30 laptops. They are all loaded with good quality educational software. You have a class of 30 teenagers or adults. Or even extremely old people.

Inveneo Buyers Guide to Sustainable ICT Infrastructure in Low Resource Settings

The Inveneo Buyers Guide to Sustainable ICT Infrastructure in Low Resource Settings is intended to serve as a planning tool for deploying information and communications technologies (ICTs) in low resource settings - i.e., communities lacking basic support infrastructure, such as grid power and broadba

Why India's $35 Aakash Android Tablet is an EduTech Red Herring for ICT Deployments in Education

This week, India's Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) announced the Aakash, a "$35" Android tablet computer they are boastfully claiming is the world's cheapest tablet for education.

What Should We Do About the eWaste in ICT4D?

Over the past few years of activity on the Educational technology Debate forum, we’ve read a lot of many examples of how ICT in education projects have improved and innovated practice, making access to education more modern and

Hardware Hack: Android Mobile Phone + IOIO Board = Simple Temperature Sensor

Right around the time of Google I/O, SparkFun announced the IOIO board, a bridge-board for Android phones to talk to other electronics like sensors, etc. The IOIO uses the adb service port to send data back and forth between the board and any Android phone running Android 1.5 or later.

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