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The CMES schools in Bangladesh teach kids craftsmanship and basic business skills. During school, the kids can sell their crafts to raise money for their families and school fees.

The CMES schools in Bangladesh teach kids craftsmanship and basic business skills. During school, the kids can sell their crafts to raise money for their families and school fees.

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BALA is a way of rethinking a child’s relationship with the school space by using every inch of the school building - from floors, walls, pillars and staircases inside, to trees, flowers and rainwater outside - as an aid to learning

BALA is a way of rethinking a child’s relationship with the school space by using every inch of the school building - from floors, walls, pillars and staircases inside, to trees, flowers and rainwater outside - as an aid to learning

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Steve’s onto something w/ ColaLife , shipping ‘social products’ in drink crates. 
For education though, physical shipment may not be needed. Coke now has touch-screen, Bluetooth, & audio-enabled, vending machines.  It’d be a waste just to sell soda. Coke’s beginning to provide more value such as by displaying local maps/restaurants (attracts traffic, increases revenue, & builds equity). Imagine if educational programs were available to use both on the machine & through download to mobiles?

Steve’s onto something w/ ColaLife , shipping ‘social products’ in drink crates. For education though, physical shipment may not be needed. Coke now has touch-screen, Bluetooth, & audio-enabled, vending machines. It’d be a waste just to sell soda. Coke’s beginning to provide more value such as by displaying local maps/restaurants (attracts traffic, increases revenue, & builds equity). Imagine if educational programs were available to use both on the machine & through download to mobiles?

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Any surface can become a chalkboard... making it easier to create and share content more broadly in a classroom or on portable materials

Any surface can become a chalkboard... making it easier to create and share content more broadly in a classroom or on portable materials

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UNICEF has developed an Early Childhood Development kit for distribution to refugee and IDP communities worldwide. The kit includes a classroom in a box for young children. Last fall, a team at the Aspen Design Summit worked to redesign the kit. http://www.designobserver.com/changeobserver/entry.html?entry=11997

UNICEF has developed an Early Childhood Development kit for distribution to refugee and IDP communities worldwide. The kit includes a classroom in a box for young children. Last fall, a team at the Aspen Design Summit worked to redesign the kit. http://www.designobserver.com/changeobserver/entry.html?entry=11997

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Sugata Mitra is due back to TED this year, to let us all know how this project of his is going. He stuck a computer in a hole in the wall, left it, came back and kids had taught themselves how to use it, and taught themselves some of the math and more loaded onto it. He tested this/ placed these comps across areas - closer to cities and further away from cities. It's amazing to watch.

Sugata Mitra is due back to TED this year, to let us all know how this project of his is going. He stuck a computer in a hole in the wall, left it, came back and kids had taught themselves how to use it, and taught themselves some of the math and more loaded onto it. He tested this/ placed these comps across areas - closer to cities and further away from cities. It's amazing to watch.

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Mobile phones, compared to computers, are low cost & have high penetration in developing countries (in Africa, penetration is ~50% for mobiles vs. ~10% for internet).  So, there’s a large opportunity to deliver appropriate educational technology/content through mobiles, for those who currently can't access low-cost computer initiatives like One Laptop Per Child. Mobiles, computers, & other technologies can improve developing world education in parallel, and may possibly converge in the future. Please watch the video to see what a difference m-learning could make.

Mobile phones, compared to computers, are low cost & have high penetration in developing countries (in Africa, penetration is ~50% for mobiles vs. ~10% for internet). So, there’s a large opportunity to deliver appropriate educational technology/content through mobiles, for those who currently can't access low-cost computer initiatives like One Laptop Per Child. Mobiles, computers, & other technologies can improve developing world education in parallel, and may possibly converge in the future. Please watch the video to see what a difference m-learning could make.

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The primary goal for most rural youth is to make a decent living. A vast majority of people get education to access upward income mobility offered to skilled educated workers. The secondary education for rural youth needs reforms to make it relevant and to help rural youth escape from generational cycle of poverty. The usual education provided in urban cities will not be of much use.

The primary goal for most rural youth is to make a decent living. A vast majority of people get education to access upward income mobility offered to skilled educated workers. The secondary education for rural youth needs reforms to make it relevant and to help rural youth escape from generational cycle of poverty. The usual education provided in urban cities will not be of much use.

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From birth, children learn through observation; copying and mimicking the behavior of others. What if children were allowed to shadow, either individually or in groups, others within their communities who have a hands-on approach to problem solving.

From birth, children learn through observation; copying and mimicking the behavior of others. What if children were allowed to shadow, either individually or in groups, others within their communities who have a hands-on approach to problem solving.

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Design that matters created this really cool low-cost projector system that uses microfilm to project tons of content for children and adults at night. To date, over 3,000 adults have learned to read using these projectors.

Design that matters created this really cool low-cost projector system that uses microfilm to project tons of content for children and adults at night. To date, over 3,000 adults have learned to read using these projectors.

Photo of Sandy Speicher