We here at CTRL ALT DEL Poverty have searched the internet for valuable open source content. Collections like the RACHEL Offline package with material like Khan Academy, Hespperian Health, CK-12 Textbooks, Great Books Of The World, Wikipeadia For Schools and dozens more. Apps for learning many languages. Programs to teach typing skills. Courses to teach computer languages and coding skills. Yes, even a few games to keep it all interesting. All of this in an offline state to allow use anywhere, no internet required. Content can be customized to meet your needs and even allow for your own builds to add your own touch to these resources. Think of the possibilities.... Offline classroom management. A lending library with no strings attached. Administration tasks on the go. What would you do?
The METL kit uses Android tablets for ease of use and management. Each tablets hold up to 64 gigs of offline materials. WE can customize the user interface to be as simple or as complex as you desire. Our primary deployment strategy is "simple is better". We work to remove access to many items directly from the desktop so the learning environment can be streamlined. We also install a user option so the tablets and used by both the student and administration just by changing the login user. This allows for great flexibility in deployment and wide use options. The primary kits use 7 inch tablets with protective covers and long battery life. We can upgrade any kit to larger tablet sizes or optional designs. We have found the 7 inch is the most versatile and manageable, especially for smaller hands of the kids.
Each kit is equipped with integrated wifi local area network technology. This allows the tablets belonging to a kit to communicate with each other. The benefit that only gives is that if one tablets is updated with new files or content, all the connected tablets then get updated. This is achieved by a peer to peer local synchronization server that runs on each tablet. Simply put, update one and done. The integrated wifi router also allows for independent connectivity to a site provided wireless internet connection. This can be provided by a cellular hot spot device or a standard home or business based wireless router signal. One a primary internet connection is programmed, the kit will automatically connect to it when it is in range and allow internet access to all of the tablets through the single connection. This give the ability to have remote support and update of offline content provided on our website. We can remotely control and connect to your tablets to assist in any support needs you have while they are connected to the internet. Refer to our wiki support page for updates and support requests.
All the technology in the world is useless, with out power. We ave found this to be a major issue in many developing countries. That is why we worked to provide many options to power your METL kit. Each kit can have one or multiple options for power to charge and run your kit. One option is battery backup. We can install a 110-220 volt uninterruptible power supply that when fully charged can run you METL kit with no electrical power for up to 8 hours. This can also supply recharging ability for cell phones. Another option is a rechargeable USB power cell. This option can run your METL kit for up to 16 hours when fully charged. It can also charge your cell phone but that reduces run time based on how much you recharge. We also offer 12 volt power interface. This means you can plug the METL kit in to your cars auxiliary power and both power your METL kit and recharge any integrated battery backup options. Additionally the kit can be powered by the sun. A solar option is available for those places that see little access to electrical power. A solar powered option can be used to recharge any onboard battery and he network interface. This option is more suited to harsh environments and will take longer to chare due to the low output of a solar converter.
The METL Kit
The METL kit itself is built to be rugged and mobile. We use the highest quality storage options to protect the devices inside. The kit is waterproof, dust proof, crush proof and light weight. A kit having all power options and 10 tablets weighs only 30 pounds and can even be transported as a carry on item on most airlines. It is built for tough environments and can with stand many things. With wheels and retractable handle, the kit is very mobile. The mobile kit storage itself has a limited lifetime warranty. It is one tough box.