Mexico: Using Innovative Technologies to Improve Rural Learning
Combining innovative learning devices, WiMAX networks, teacher training, and hands-on collaboration, a program spearheaded by the Intel World Ahead Program provides a practical model for improving education and opportunity around the world.
Innovative laptop computers such as those featuring Intel-powered classmate PC designs provide a powerful vehicle for governments and school systems in developing nations to improve education and introduce children to opportunities afforded by technology. But to deliver a sustainable impact and a meaningful return on investment (ROI), these devices must be complemented by wireless Internet access, locally relevant content, and teachers skilled at using mobile computing to enhance learning. In rural and semirural communities, these can be hard to come by or challenging to implement.
The Intel World Ahead Program is spearheading a holistic, year-long project to overcome these obstacles at four public schools in the semirural municipality of Malinalco, Mexico. The collaborative project unites educational and government leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and businesses. It combines Intel-powered classmate PCs and high-speed WiMAX networking with teacher training provided through the Intel® Teach Program. Children and teachers are excited by changes that are occurring, and the project is yielding best practices that can help Mexico and other nations use a new generation of learning devices to improve education and expand social and economic opportunities.
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