Tablets and education

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Teachers, ahoy!

“Suddenly, the tablet has become all the rage in education,” notes the Companies have woken up to the opportunity. It notes:

l Boston-based AcrossWorld Education, a content provider, has tied up with Delhi-based Go-Tech to launch a tablet called ATab in India. The two companies have been trying to persuade schools to adopt the device, priced at Rs 5,000.

l News Corp. is forming a partnership with AT&T Inc. to provide tablet-based learning and assessment products for kindergarten through grade 12. AT&T will provide tablet computers that work on its 4G network and Wi-Fi network.

l  Aakash has been promoted by the Indian Government as a device that can bridge the digital divide across the country. It may have not been a big success, but has spurred on others to come up with low-priced tablets. reminds us that technology can both help education and be misused by students. Not to speak about those who might – would? – attempt to siphon off state funding in the name of offering our children a better education.

Below 5000, the Indian gadgets site, reports that the Karbonn A91, an Android 4.4 handset, has arrived in the market with a price-tag of just Rs. 4,490.

It said that desi handset maker Karbonn “has a brand new low end Android handset on sale now. “It runs Android 4.2.2 out of the box and has a sub Rs. 4500 price tag.

“The handset boasts of a 3.9-inch, 480*800 pixel display as well as a 1.3 Ghz dual core processor.  As expected on a sub 5k handset, the device only gets 256 MB of RAM which will ensure that you would have a harrowing time multitasking on this phone.  We would however reserve a final judgement after we get a review device,” reported.

In the kitchen

Indian netizens might have nowhere near the choice that those abroad have, when it comes to kitchen gadgets.  Yet, here’s something interesting you can come across online. It’s called a watermelon slicer, and the image alongside gives a good enough idea of how it works. Check this and a few other kitchen implements on (see below) also has this listing of “20 time-saving awesome kitchen gadgets”. Besides the expected (a food processor, kitchen weighing scale, egg timers, cutting boards, and hand mixers), they also have an apple corer, silicon pot-holders and mittens, and a “mandolin slicer, grater and chopper”.

Transmitters too

Thanks to the rather closed regime for radio broadcasting in India, one hardly thinks much of this technology.  Till the 1990s, radio broadcasting was very much government dominated.

After that too, it opened up only to the big players. Since licenses were a very costly affair, naturally, only those with deep pockets could enter the race.

In the last few years, after 2007, community radio became a reality. Terms for the licenses mean that it’s easier for educational institutions (universities, colleges, even some public schools) to get their licenses, or even for established non-governmental organisations.

But that apart, some interesting work has already started in this field. One such player is

It explains: “A few years ago, Nomad started as a group of communication technology enthusiasts, who were driven by the idea of democratising ICT (information and communication technology).  After an eventful journey, we have emerged as the only body in non-governmental private sector manufacturing transmission system for community radio stations.  Last year alone we have put more than a dozen of community radio stations on air and many more are in the pipeline.”

This may not be an ordinary kind of ‘gadget’, but if you ever dreamt of finding your way to the airwaves, take a close look.

Moto G

This is NDTV’s take on the Motorola Moto G:

Pluses: Excellent pricing. Runs Android 4.4.2, the most recent version. Decent specs for the price.

Minuses: Non-expandable storage. Average camera performance.

Out a few months back (Nov 2013), the Android-based Moto G smartphone is just out in the Indian market.  It was initially aimed at “developing” markets, while those that live in “developed” markets will also have it available as a lower-cost option compared to other phones in its class.

Check out this comparison between the Moto G and it’s more advanced Moto X Price: Rs 12,499

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