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Bringing Rural Schools into the 21st Century - an example from Kenya

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How do you provide students with a 21st Century learning experience when there's no internet - and no electricity? Here's how a university in Kenya helped a rural secondary school...

 

Masinde Muliro University is helping remote village schools in Kenya that have no electricity and no internet leapfrog into the 21st century – at least for as long as the batteries last! With the help of an HP Catalyst grant, the chemistry department of Masinde Muliro University is downloading open-source chemistry simulations onto HP mobile workstations – and driving them out to remote villages where students have little to no resources, let alone laboratories equipped to learn chemistry. The simulations not only bridge their curriculum gap, but they also bridge the digital divide, giving them access to high-end science simulations that internet-connected students might take for granted.

 

So while regions of the world grapple with their rural electrical infrastructure and internet-connectivity, they can still address the learning needs of the upcoming generation of talented students…

 

 

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Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Education Program Manager
HP Office of Global Social Innovation
Hewlett-Packard

www.hp.com/go/socialinnovation
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Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is...
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  • A former K-12 district administrator and adjunct professor of communication, Elliott has won over 60 state and national awards in school public relations, is a past columnist for Electronic School, School Administrator and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many leading educational publications. Recently, Elliott helped developed models for personal learning, which in testing increased successful completion of algebra from 33% to 71% versus traditional classroom instruction. His work is featured by HP at www.hp.com/makeitmatter
  • I am part of the HP Calculator team, working on the HP Prime graphing calculator. I taught mathematics for 20 years and have extensive experience in the professional development of teachers of mathematics. My area of interest is mathematics education; specifically, how technology affects the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
  • Mike is a passionate education advocate dedicated to helping schools design, build and deliver solutions that solve the complex instructional challenges that face K12 leaders every day. Mike is interested in working with individuals and organizations that share the same level of commitment to improving Instructional outcomes with and through the use of technology


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