As the world’s knowledge migrates online into ebooks and websites, the gap between Internet haves and Internet have-nots is getting wider. That gap is becoming an education gap, an economic gap, and a healthcare gap. By using existing technology and infrastructure, Paperight transforms any copy shop with Internet and a printer into a legal, print-on-demand bookstore. The goal is to put every book within walking distance of every home in South Africa.
Background on Educational Technology
Educational technology programs around the world are taking advantage of rapid increases in Internet and mobile connectivity to expand education access to and improve quality. As of 2014, more than 30 percent of households in low and middle-income countries had Internet access, compared to less than 10 percent in 2005. Moreover, in 2014, there were about 90 mobile phone subscriptions for every 100 inhabitants in the developing world, as opposed to 23 just 10 years prior.
The Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has profiled more than 140 educational technology programs. Several of them are leveraging expanded access to technology to help students learn. Tools like solar-powered tablets, durable laptops, and permanent Internet stations are being used to make learning and teaching faster, easier, and more efficient. All around the world forward-thinking programs are helping to connect students, teachers, and educators to people and resources.
Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from eight common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:
1) Hardware provision
2) Software and learning content, for free or at reduced costs
3) Training teachers to make the most out of education technology
4) Creating a platform for students around the world to interact
5) Marketable skills development
6) Portable and accessible learning materials
7) Faster student assessment
8) Tracking and monitoring accountability