Thursday, August 06, 2015

Free Apps for Education in Africa and PNG

Harry Longworth, co-founder of the not-for-profit OATSEA Foundation, talked last night on "Educational apps for free education" at a meeting of the ACS e-Learning Special Interest Group at ANU University House, in Canberra. He demonstrated Teachervirus Open Source technology to provide free education for developing nations (as entered in the Global Learning XPRIZE). Harry emphasized that they were aiming to curate the best of on-line educational; materials, not create their own and used as an example the  African Storybook Project's e-books. OATSEA are looking to use Raspberry PI computers to act as Wi Fi nodes to provide educational content in areas without Internet access. Harry has been speaking at venues in Canberra to get technical and educational help wioth project, including at ANU TechLauncher, Orana HotPot, and the Inspire Centre University of Canberra. Education will also feature at the ACS Canberra Conference 2015, where Information Technology Educators ACT (InTEACT) is providing the education stream (I am on a panel).

ps:  A speaker and topic is needed for the last e-learning SIG of the year, 5 for 5:30pm, 11 November 2015.

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