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Every child in India has a fundamental right to education. Yet only about half of all youngsters can access a primary school, and just 12.4 percent of India’s 220 million children attend college.
Even those who attend school don't always receive appropriate opportunities and tools. Many schools in India adopt a “one-size-fits-all” approach that leaves weaker students behind and slows down stronger students. The school system faces challenges in training and retaining good quality teachers.
HP responded by piloting a new education solution and approach to learning called VideoBook. VideoBook recently won the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Education 2012.
Developed by HP Labs and supported by HP Sustainability & Social Innovation, VideoBook turns plain text documents into media rich documents, bringing subjects to life.
VideoBook software identifies key topics in the text and then sources appropriate videos from the internet and school repositories. The book page and videos are presented side by side. Students get multiple perspectives on the same topic, broadening their outlook.
Award-winning innovationThe application takes advantage of cloud computing, eliminating the challenge of purchasing, setting up, and managing computer systems in schools. It's accessible via internet so students can use it in school and at home, and gives students the freedom to learn at their own pace.
- Promotes curiosity and critical thinking
- Allows personalization
- Is ideal for STEM education as it enables students to learn through experiments and simulations
Lab-in-Box was developed by HP India Government Relations in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India.
Lab-in-Box is being considered for other social and commercial uses, wherever there is a need for quickly-established IT facilities inside spacious and weatherproof housing.
HP creativity is helping find solutions that bring learning to life and increasing education access for all.
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- Education Innovation Fund