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solesandsomes - Getting Involved

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I found their website easily enough. There were some online forms to fill in and send as emails. I heard back from them fairly quickly and we set up a Skype interview.

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Launch of Google Internet Balloon

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Google launching a trial balloon - not a political one. Very similar to weather balloons except that they are solar powered. Their location can be controlled by remotely adjusting their elevation to catch wind currents which will take them to desired locations.

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Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money -- and love - YouTube

http://www.ted.com What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. ...
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Solar Power Systems| Solar Kits & Grid Tie Systems for Homes - Sustainable.co.za

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Our solar power kits combine essential components to provide homes & businesses with effective & cost-efficient solar power systems. As a grid tie solar system or lighting solution, our range of solar kits suit all budgets & requirements.
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Tesla Motors

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In the meantime, another development to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce our emissions, we are witnessing the realization of electric cars. Breakthroughs in battery technology make the 500 km range between charges a possibility. Those that rely on battery power in remote parts of the world also benefit from these consumer shifts in demand. My concern over the price of electrical power (and supply), however, lies only with those requiring service, not the solar power users.

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Collaborative learning amongst distance learners of mathematics

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(2012). Collaborative learning amongst distance learners of mathematics. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning: Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 227-247. doi: 10.1080/02680513.2012.716655
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Limits to self-organising systems of learning—the Kalikuppam experiment - Mitra - 2010 - British Journal of Educational Technology - Wiley Online Library

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AJET 24(2) Mitra, Dangwal and Thadani (2008) - effects of remoteness on the quality of education: A case study from North Indian schools

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AJET 24(2) Mitra, Dangwal and Thadani (2008) - Effects of remoteness on the quality of education: A case study from North Indian schools
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Minimally invasive education: a progress report on the “hole-in-the-wall” experiments - Mitra - 2003 - British Journal of Educational Technology - Wiley Online Library

Minimally invasive education: a progress report on the “hole-in-the-wall” experiments - Mitra - 2003 - British Journal of Educational Technology - Wiley Online Library | What began as a Hole in the Wall... | Scoop.it
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Sugata Mitra's new experiments in self-teaching - YouTube

http://www.ted.com Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist whe...
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Prof. Mitra started his talk by saying we have the dual problem that good teachers won't go where they are needed the most. That statement, when I first heard it over a year ago, has never stopped resonating in my mind. I thought 'wouldn't it be something if education could be made available to those for whom it is currently not an option'. I thought of places like Sierra Leone where civil war has all but wiped out the country's infrastructure and they must rebuild nearly everything, including schools. I thought of children in developing nations where even though schools exist many are not able to attend - often because parent(s) need to work all day and older children must look after the younger ones. I thought of children that live in such remote places that schools don't exist and transportation to the nearest ones is not available. I thought of these same remote places that are not serviced by electricity or internet. I thought, 'would it ever be possible to provide an education for these children?'

I followed the developments of Prof. Mitra work since this TED talk was posted. I obtained copies of his papers, creeped his website through Newcastle University in the UK, and followed him on twitter and facebook.

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Our fantastic readers: how 200 of you volunteered

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How 200 people stepped forward to read to Indian children
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Where’s Google going next?

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Onstage at TED2014, Charlie Rose interviews Google CEO Larry Page about his far-off vision for the company. It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons … and then it gets even more interesting, as Page talks through the company’s recent acquisition of Deep Mind, an AI that is learning some surprising things.
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Official Google Africa Blog: Introducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access

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Kiva - Loans that change lives

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Make a loan to an entrepreneur across the globe for as little as $25. Kiva is the world's first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs across the globe.
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The micro loan industry is also helping to bring about social transformation. Anyone can participate in these enterprises, knowing that making funds available can improve lives. Those living in remote areas can borrow the money to purchase a solar panel/battery unit and eliminate their reliance on kerosene. The savings realized on the cost of fuel will cover the loan within a few years. And, this will eliminate the adverse health effects and pollution from the burning of oil products.

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Bringing Solar Power to Africa's Poor

Bringing Solar Power to Africa's Poor | What began as a Hole in the Wall... | Scoop.it
A variety of small-scale — and sometimes large-scale — solar projects are bringing clean, renewable energy to rural African communities.
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One piece of the puzzle is the availability of electrical power. In many cases, people would work into the evening and traditionally they have relied on kerosene for light. However, kerosene needs to be continually purchased (an ongoing cost), its use produced pollution, and often the fumes adversely affected the people nearby. The development of solar panels as alternative energy sources had the added benefit of being made available as an alternative for kerosene in the developing world. Not only could they be used to charge batteries to power light sources, they could also have application in electric water pumps for wells. These systems could potentially operate internet signal receivers and charge computer batteries.

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Remote Presence: Technologies for ‘Beaming’ Teachers Where They Cannot Go | Mitra | Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence

Remote Presence: Technologies for ‘Beaming’ Teachers Where They Cannot Go
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AJET 21(3) Mitra et al (2005) - computing literacy on shared public computers - the 'hole in the wall'

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AJET 21(3) Mitra et al (2005) - Acquisition of computing literacy on shared public computers: Children and the 'hole in the wall'
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Children and the Internet: experiments with minimally invasive education in India - Mitra - 2002 - British Journal of Educational Technology - Wiley Online Library

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