India produces the I-slate

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Institute for Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (ISAID) has produced a tiny computer tablet, powered by the sun and based on blackboard slates traditionally used by Indian schoolchildren.

An intensive testing project conducted in schools outside Hyderabad revealed that the I-slate, which allows students to write out maths problems and get feedback about their answers, dramatically improved students’ abilities to understand the subject. The I-slate – now in mass production – will be loaded with lessons for science and social studies as well.

Battery-powered versions of the tiny tablet, which features a low-power computer chip, have been handed out to 50 students in Mohd Hussainpalli and nearby villages for a six-month trial. Computer analysts say that the device’s low price tag – around US$50 – makes it a worthy experiment.

Category: e-Education, Spring 2012

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