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Thanks for all the amazing concept so far. We know you've all been working hard, so to be fair to everyone, we've added two rounds of evaluation. In this round please refresh your memory of the brief and applaud for the concepts that you feel most successfully meet the needs of Affordable Private Schools in extremely affordable ways!

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Encouraging children towards creative play and active learning – mural-blackboard mash-ups provide an engaging site for customisation.

India is awash in kid entrepreneurs. Help them succeed better using the IDEO HCD toolkit or the Stanford d.school Design Thinking Workshop as a foundational curriculum. Connect them to each other with the internet and used smart-phones. Let them teach other kids by organizing their own TEDx conference.

An entrepreneur could start a business delivering books, low-cost computers with educational programs, board games, playground equipment, and other tools or supplies to affordable private schools in a given area. The schools could rent the tools and equipment for a given period of time.

Kids love picture books because images bring life to humdrum black and white text. On top of that, images are helpful as learning tools because they are much easier to remember than words. However, many children lack visual stimulation because their schools do not have textbooks or classroom posters. The solution? PosterShare! PosterShare rotates educational posters among schools. The posters are stuck on chalkboards with magnets and serve as temporary classroom posters - imagine different sets to learn fractions, shapes, human anatomy, etc. Since the posters are posted on chalkboards, students can draw and write around them in a non-permanent way. Teachers can switch posters as they move through the curriculum.

Music can be a powerful and tool in helping language learners practice saying letters and words. The Ring + Sing system would deliver curated karaoke content to educators via ringtone and SMS for children to sing and practice their English pronunciation together in the classroom.

Music can be a powerful and tool in helping language learners practice saying letters and words. The Ring + Sing system would deliver curated karaoke content to educators via ringtone and SMS for children to sing and practice their English pronunciation together in the classroom.

The Mobile Learner makes it easy for students & teachers to create, share, & interact with educational content like books, tutorials, flashcards, & quizzes. The Mobile Learner consists of a re-purposed mobile phone loaded with a free educational software bundle. Content sharing occurs through an online repository (accessible through the cellular network & the Internet), or directly between phones (through memory cards or Bluetooth).

School in a Bag would be developed into an education tools business that could be split into a material component and a curriculum development component.

Many of the affordable private schools (APS) in Hyderabad have realized the importance in technological education from an early age. In an attempt to fill this need and make their schools more competitive many APS owners have invested in computer labs and even in Internet connection for those labs. The educational foresight, however, tends to stop there, leaving computer labs idle and children still not computer-literate. There are not enough teachers who are computer literate themselves and even those who are, are not trained in how to appropriately utilize computers to advance technological literacy and education as a whole. The concept is therefore to develop a replicable, moderator based computer education curriculum for class 4 through 10.

Aligning with the idea of a decentralized classroom, this idea would be to create a multitude of "teaching sculptures" throughout an environment or city. Each sculpture would be reminiscent of demonstrations found in the Exploratorium in San Fran (http://bit.ly/9MKxd6 for an example).

For families without electricity, solar lanterns (like the Kiran lanterns by D.Light!) provide a safer, brighter and ultimately cheaper alternative to kerosene lamps. They cost $10 a pop and can pay themselves off in as little as six months in savings on kerosene. But what if families don't have $10, or access to microloans? (http://www.dlightdesign.com/)

As a model for one of the ways schools could help kids learn English, there could be a service that centralizes expertise in English language teaching and learning that schools could connect to through the internet.

The e-Phone is a variant of the ePod idea (www.educationpod.net) for developing nations. The goal would be to have android smartphones with only learning applications on them and set up loaner libraries, which can be used by students during after school hours. They can play with learning content on the phone, allowing them to experiment with fun learning apps, and also learning to familiarize themselves and explore the technology at the same time.

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