The first Sun Book tablets have been distributed to classrooms in Uganda, with plans to ship to other off-the-grid classrooms – not connected to digital world – in countries in Africa, Asia and South America.
Does using technology improve student results?
Imagine if you could make 18 months’ progress in just six weeks!
That’s what happened to children in rural schools who were using digital content on tablet devices in studies from the University of Nottingham in the UK.
Other research from the university also suggests solar-powered tablet technology could be important for lifting the quality of education in developing countries.
Also, a 2011 study from Harvard and MIT said computer-aided instruction or mobile phone-aided instruction can improve student learning in rural and other disadvantaged areas.
For technology to be used effectively in the classroom:
Teachers must be trained – which is why teachers receive training on-the-job on how to use the Sun Book tablet.
Technology must be sustainable – which is why the Sun Book tablet is solar-powered.
The education system itself must support technology – more developing countries are recognising the need to equip teachers and students with digital skills.