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Battery powered Aptus PI mini-personal computer to simplify access to digital learning platforms

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Posted: Friday, March 4, 2022. 5:11 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology is to introduce via a pilot project a low-cost device that will help educators and learners to connect to digital learning platforms and content without the need for grid electricity or internet access.

The mini-personal computer requires only battery power which can be recharged via grid power or solar charger, as needed. It can host 64 gigabytes (GB) of educational digital content and facilitate interactive, virtual learning anywhere – whether in a remote rural village or on a vast university campus. The result is a “Classroom Without Walls” that can be set up within minutes and accessed by any learner with a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

On Thursday, the Ministry and its partners, the Commonwealth of Learning and NotesMaster, formally launched the Aptus PI Pilot Project at a ceremony held at the Gwen Lizarraga High School in Belize City. Minister Francis Fonseca hailed the initiative as “exciting and one with great potential.” He noted that the project epitomizes the vision of the MoECST for the future of education and highlighted that the project will contribute to minimizing the digital divide which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Aptus PI devices will be piloted in the following Government-run and grant-aided schools over the course of the following weeks: Corozal Community College (Evening Division); Escuela Secundaria Técnica México (Evening Division); Orange Walk Technical High School; San Juan Bautista High School; Ladyville Technical High School; San Pedro High School (Evening Division); Sadie Vernon Technical High School; Gwen Lizarraga High School (Evening Division); Belmopan Adult Education Programme (Evening Division); St. Ignatius High School (Evening Division); Mopan Technical High School; Independence High School; Ecumenical High School (Evening Division); Julian Cho Technical High School and St. Peter Claver Extension (Evening Division).

 

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