Everybody has the right to learn
Those that can connect to the internet are now able to access a wealth of learning opportunities literally at the touch of a button or a screen. This has huge benefits for those who can access these resources, but what about communities in remote locations where there is no mains electricity, never mind internet access? Is the growth of the internet, which is enabling learning for those that are connected, actually widening the educational divide with those that are not?
Even in countries where connectivity is not a problem, there are still issues around providing targeted and appropriate learning content. Charities would like to provide clients with elearning resources they can access using their own devices. However in the areas where charities operate, there are often network security issues and concerns regarding e-safety therefore providing open access to WiFi is not possible. Charities can and do offer cloud based resources but, unless free WiFi is available, this incurs data charges for the users.
The Learn Appeal Capsule has been specifically designed to address these needs. Developed by Appitierre, the Capsule contains a Raspberry Pi 3, houses a battery which will cope with 18 hours of constant use, a WiFi router with a range of up to 300mtrs and a capacity of between 150 – 200 concurrent users. As the unit is stand-alone it is totally secure and therefore eliminates all e-safety concerns. The software on the capsule is device responsive and can store a range of off-line internet content including interactive elearning courses.
We need volunteers to help us provide content that is relevant to the learners we want to support and sponsors to help us recruit a Production Co-ordinator. It’s by working together that we can make a difference!