An interesting, very brief article from Technology Review (May 2006, Vol 109(2) p 21-22) entitled Beaming Books. The abstract, from Academic Search Premier:
This article discusses a project of a Swiss foundation called BioVision to promote the use of handheld computers at schools around the globe in 2006. At the Mbita Point primary school on the Kenya-Uganda border, the foundation installed a satellite receiver at the school, gave out handheld computers running Linux-based software, and downloaded up-to-date curricula from the Kenyan education ministry. BioVision says this approach is far cheaper than buying books every year. BioVision has passed the project, called EduVision, on to a venture capital firm called Bridgeworks, which hopes to turn it into a self-sustaining business.There are two ways (at least) to think of distance students - the individuals in the wilderness, and those who's countries or regions (Outback, Great White North) are in the technological wilderness. This project could certainly help those in the latter...
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