Education Network

 

 

Connecting Borders Foundation Education Network

(CBFEN)

Connecting Borders Foundation is pleased to announce the start of our new education system:

“Connecting Borders Foundation Education Network”

SVP Lab

Computer Lab, Sacred Valley Project, Ollantaytambo, Peru

CBF is always looking for innovative and cost effective ways to put education into the hands of those that don’t always have the tools available that others may already have.

We have found the Microsoft MultiPoint Server (WMS) to be one tool that fits this need. By combining WMS with custom installed education tools based on needs, location, local requirements, etc, we can reach our goals of helping educate children around the world.

We will start with different education tracks that they can choose from, both online and locally installed, starting with math, science and local education programming as possible options for them to use.

These systems will be installed in impoverished locations around the world, with an emphasis on helping children supplement their current education.  Eventually each location will be given e-mail access, a portal to check for education updates, and access to talk to other network members to ask questions or pass ideas along to.

This system is a combination of technology and education specifically designed for each location it is installed.  It will consist of at least 1 Windows Multi-Point Server, a computer system that allows you to install 1 computer box, and multiple monitors/keyboards/mice.  The OS is designed to work in a teacher/student environment.  Out initial systems will have 6-8 student stations.

The major advantages to this new system are:

  • Power consumption greatly reduced since you only need 1 computer for all users vs. 1 machine per user with the current environment.
  • Ease of maintenance/lower maintenance cost, since it’s maintaining 1 machine vs. many.
  • Available in many languages.  The server can be installed in English, for remote      maintenance/upgrades, yet profiles can be in different languages, and a“local admin” could have it in their language of choice as well.
  • Lower purchase cost while still available to many users.
  • Each user gets personal profile to work from.

Most installations will also include a local install of Khan Academy videos on math in English or local language (if available).

Below are the current locations we are currently helping in 2014.

Current Projects:

Crossroad’s Community Center – Bellevue, Washington USA

            CBF and Crossroad’s Community Center (CCC) partnered in the 2012/2013 school year to provide supplemental education, through the use of the MultiPoint server system and KhanAcademy.org, as part of their After School program with The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue.

Crossroads Community Center is an international gathering place where participants reflect diversity. Over 64 languages are spoken here. Crossroads offers programs for all ages in sports, fitness, arts and enrichment. Crossroads is an important element in Bellevue’s Family, Youth and Teen Services program.

We provided a 4 station system to allow 13 students, 3 days per week, access to the Khan Academy website to watch videos and take proficiency tests in math.  They were give weekly assignments inside the website, and then follow up help to assure they stayed on track.

2014 Goals:  Due to construction next door, CCC has put the Computer After School program on hold and will be fully back up and running again mid 2014.  We will then be providing guidance on the Multipoint systems for the remainder of the 2014-15 school season.

CBF will be fundraising in 2014 to purchase CCC their own MultiPoint system, as they currently use the CBF demo hardware.                                                 

Sacred Valley Project – Ollantaytambo, Peru

In August of 2014 CBF went to Peru and installed 2 MultiPoint server systems at the Sacred Valley Project (SVP).

The Sacred Valley Project is a non-profit organization based in Ollantaytambo, Peru dedicated to improving access to education for young women from low-income families in remote, mountain communities of the Sacred Valley. Their mission is to provide safe and nurturing accommodation, educational resources and nutritious meals for these young women so that they may continue their secondary education and become knowledgeable and empowered women.

SVP Group

We provided 8 total stations and a locally installed version of the Khan Academy videos in Spanish.

2014 Goals:     SVP is currently in the final stages of building their own facility in Ollantaytambo.  CBF plans on continued support of their current MultiPoint systems, and help make their transition to their new home at the start of the 2014 school year in March goes as smooth as possible.

Bombo SS school – Bombo, Uganda

            Since the summer of 2013, CBF has partnered with a private donor that has already been delivering MultiPoint Server systems in Uganda, Africa.

We are currently having 3 systems built, with 8 stations each, to be installed in the Bombo SS school, in Bombo, Uganda.  They are being installed in late January.

2014 Goals:  Our donor will be  visiting the Bombo school system in March, and is currently working to meet with other educators in the country as part of this trip.  We will also be helping to upgrade 4 WMS servers with software and licensing upgrades  at another school in the region.

For more information about this project, please contact us at:  joeln@connectingborders.org.

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