We went on a mission trip to help with construction at a high school in Belize.
We brought tablet computers there for the students to use.
We helped make a positive difference in their lives.
2015We brought two kinds of devices - Android tablets and Raspberry Pi servers
The Android devices were 40 RCA 7 Voyager with Keyboard. These are inexpensive 7" Android 4.4 tablets that are user facing. The Raspberry Pi servers completed the system by hosting educational content, accessible via WiFi. These servers are slightly larger than a deck of cards. Since the school's Internet connection is a slow DSL line, the system is designed to work independent from the Internet. However, the tablets have the ability to connect to the Internet through the school's access point. Everything can be powered by microUSB, offering high flexibility.
The school already had desktop computers in use, some refurbished and some provided by the government of Belize, but not enough for every student in the class to use one.
2016When we return this May, we plan to bring an enhanced server that will increase the capability of the tablets. It will continue to host the Khan Academy service as well as the electronic bulliten board, but with better hardware, will increase performance and decrease time spent waiting for content to load. We're also working on setting up the server to act as a remote destkop host, to provide a Microsoft Windows enviroment accessible from the tablets. This will allow the tablets to have equal functionality as the desktop computers, removing the need to share devices.
The servers also host a phpBB forum system and files can be uploaded by teachers for students to access.