Coming iSlate could benefit Rwandan schools

A US team is in Rwanda to look into introducing a new electronic learning device in the country.

The device, the iSlate tablet, is an ultra-low cost solar-powered electronic tablet computing device for schools.

The touch screen device is being designed and built by Singapore’s Nanyang technological University and Indian NGO Villages for Development and Learning Foundation (ViDAL), in collaboration with the Rice University Business School in Texas in the US.

It is expected to be priced at around USD50.

A team of American university students paid a visit to Rwanda this week to investigate how this new device can be introduced into schools in the country.

The device will not require internet access to be useful: the curriculum can be loaded onto each device, with exercises and explanations included.

Students can write answers on the screen using a stylus, and get immediate corrections and feedback on their efforts.

The iSlate is expected to go into testing at schools in India next year.

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