online education

Bringing Solar-Powered Digital Libraries to Haiti

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Inveneo is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that's passionate about expanding the tools of technology and educational opportunities to those who need it most in the developing world. In late November 2015, we launched our first ever Generosity (by Indiegogo) campaign to raise funds to deliver 15 Solar-Powered Digital Libraries to Haiti. Check out more details about our project and ways you can support it below!      

The Problem: Limited Learning Resources and No Internet

We designed the Solar Library because we've worked in many remote areas of the world where schoolchildren lack (or only have limited access to) books and basic learning resources, much less computers or the Internet.

Transporting volumes of books or computers to schools can be expensive and logistically daunting. Digital libraries — tablets or computers (PCs) loaded with thousands of e-books and other educational resources — have begun to enhance learning in the developing world. However, many existing digital library solutions require Internet or power.

Free Online Learning: 15 Sites to Explore

One of our favorite phrases here at TechSoup is “don’t reinvent the wheel.” This has been on my mind this week as I’ve been reading about teachers and professors who are changing traditional education by flipping their classrooms. This term essentially means that lectures are watched online at home and homework is done during class. Teachers assign already developed content, such as videos, to be watched on the student's own time in place of traditional lectures so that classroom time can now be spent on what was originally homework.

Gaming and Online Education at the Library During Tough Economic Times

Last week our good friend, astute colleague and soon-to-be-mom Brenda Hough forwarded two articles that made me think about the role that libraries play in their communities during tough economic time.