EarthWalk selected to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and computer hardware for education pilot program
EarthWalk was selected by the Academy of Education Development (AED) [the organization managing the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Primary Education Project (PEP)] to provide information and communication technology (ICT) equipment and computer hardware for the Education Pilot Program. The Primary Education Project is a five-year mission, involving all public primary schools in Macedonia.
The key goal of the project is to introduce a range of ICT hardware, software, and Internet to students and teachers, in hopes of improving the integration of ICT’s into the curriculum.
The Macedonian Government procured approximately 98,000 computers used in the 2008-2009 school year and is planning additional procurement for 2009-2010. The ratio of computers to students will decrease from 1:70 to 1:15.
AED has chosen EarthWalk’s eXpress8x8™ cases, rugged eBuddy™ laptops, long-life SideKick batteries, SafeCase™ locker and FlexCart™ mobile labs to be used in the project. EarthWalk’s innovative equipment is of key interest because of its applicability in remote and rural regions. Many schools in Macedonia are rural satellite schools, which do not have ideal conditions for traditional desktop labs. The equipment has been placed in eleven of these schools.
In preliminary visits, teachers and students expressed excitement over the laptops. The SideKick batteries have also received positive feedback, with one teacher stating he received thirty hours of use from one charging cycle. The Intel-powered mini-notebook, the Classmate PC, is also being tested in the PEP pilot program.
Realizing the need for an economical, turn-key solution for the wave of low-cost, mini-notebooks, EarthWalk designed a version of its low-cost FlexCart™ line to be paired with the Classmate PCs. TheFlexCart™ (as with all EarthWalk mobile labs) is fully compatible with the Classmate PC and ninety percent of notebooks on the market. Although the price of mini-notebooks such as the Classmate PC has greatly improved, the issues of limited battery capacity, transportation, and security are still major concerns.
EarthWalk provides an all-in-one solution with our cost-conscious approach to mobile computing and extended-life battery options. Not only do EarthWalk mobile labs provide security and a significant savings compared to traditional desktop labs, but they’re also 85% more electrically efficient.