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One computer per block

Technology is almost impossible given the low-affordability restrictions. How do we get past that and enable locals to have access to the greatest resource humankind has ever invented: the internet.

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One laptop per child might be a bit ambitious (and cost prohibitive) but what about starting out with one computer per block?


Let's create a self-contained, self-powering computer that sits in a public location, easily accessibly by all. It's solar powered, durable, has access to the internet via satellite and has a sign up list to allow all to use it in a timely, orderly fashion.

Who would implement this?

  • NGOs and Foundations

Cost

A computer per person is unreasonable. Being able to power those computers and enable them with internet access is even more unreasonable. This is a unit that is a) durable [steel and bulletproof plexiglass] b) self-sufficient [solar powered, remote access to fix basic problems] c) connected [satellite or wifi access].

Granted, this isn't the most cost-efficient of ideas - people will have to pay for internet access. If an alliance could be achieved with a local ISP, the problems would be solved. Other than that, donations for individuals or organizations would aid the cause.

Distribution & Delivery

This concept has a bit more up-front thought process. How do we make it solar powered? How do we make it durable? What are the optimal locations? All of these variables are attributed to the acceptance of the technology.

However, the positive trait is that this idea doesn't fall under the traditional paradigm of a "school". It's simply allowing access to the world's greatest knowledge base without any cost.

Imagine if every student could be taught to use the internet and complete homework in the process...

Adoption

The presence of an in-public object like the one illustrated would be similar to a post-box - it's in the open, visible and different. It would promote itself.

In addition, school teachers would provide homework that could only be completed by accessing one of these kiosks - further instilling that this technology is essential for this generation and generations to come.

Local Need. Enterprising Schools has identified key areas of need for Affordable Private Schools. What local learning need(s) does this concept address?

  • English language learning (speaking, reading, writing)
  • Math learning
  • Libraries
  • Tech literacy
  • Professional development
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this might be helpful in building the idea further, http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/

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