Posted by: crudbasher | February 4, 2011

Google Wants Every Student to Have a Smartphone

Google is seriously commited to making sure every student has a smartphone.  Why? Because they will make a ton of money!(I have no problem with that motivation btw)

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It’s also interesting to me that Eric Schmidt, (formerly) Google’s CEO has talked so much about the developing world. These folks mostly don’t have a formal education system like we do in the US. So… what if every student in a country like Kenya had a smartphone and access to the internet? How do you use that technology to teach them?  Keep in mind you don’t have much pre-existing infrastructure to rely on. It all has to be from scratch.

Could it be that in 20 years we will look to a (former) developing country as a leader in innovative education? That would be mind blowing.

  • Smart phones pushed by Google

    tags: google smartphones education

    • Google has now established itself in the mobile market as a fierce competitor. Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, has taken to the Harvard Business Review to talk about the company’s plans for 2011, all of which are centered on the competitive mobile space.
    • His highlights of initiatives were to focus on LTE, mobile money and inexpensive smartphones.
    • In terms of cheap smartphones for wider consumer base, Schmidt seems to think developing countries are a perfect fit for Android bargain devices. “We envision literally a billion people getting inexpensive, browser-based touchscreen phones over the next few years” he suggests, “can you imagine how this will change their awareness of local and global information and their notion of education? And that will be just the start.”

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