Roy Zimmermann , Project Director
Education Development Center Email: Tel: (202) 572-3700
Full Description: This pilot activity will work alongside a WorldLinks (a dot-EDU Resource Partner) program that is seeking to develop direct relations between teachers colleges and primary schools. The overall project will include three teachers colleges each partnered with one primary school. All six schools will receive computer equipment and training with the WorldLinks schools receiving refurbished equipment and the dot-EDU schools receiving thin-client solutions. The purpose of the technology pilot is to explore the appropriateness and comparative costs of ownership of terminal-server (thin-client) appliances in developing context environments.
Dot-EDU recently set up a teacher training computer center in rural Uganda where dot-EDU worked to solve a common problem for rural technology labs. The quality of electricity in these outlying areas can be poor (frequent power cuts, brownouts, surges), and standard equipment does not survive well. Even ordinary uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) wear out quickly. There is the further problem that the lab often remains unusable during the day when power cuts happen. From this initial experience, evidence suggests that Thin Clients may offer the solution needed in contexts such as Uganda. Our prototype effort in Uganda suggests that this can work. Our belief is that this technology should be considered in projects where the goal is to set up many sites in difficult conditions.
Development Sector(s): Basic Education, Education Partnerships
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.