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The Container School

A Mobile Educational Resource Center

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What problem does your innovation solve?

The Shipping Contain School is designed as a community school that allows for both face-to-face, blended, and maker instruction. The containers come pre-loaded with satellite, tablets/smartphones, computers, generat 3D Printers, supplies, instructional content, etc... The theme of the school will be building a better community and assessments and instructions and focus on the math and language development through multi-disciplinary themes of community and environment.

Explain your innovation.

The access to technology in universal areas is difficult, each emergency area--refugees or victims of natural disasters have different needs. But generally, the access to ICT's is limited. Retro-Fitted shipping contains allow for a fast way to get critical communication services to the community. The shipping containers can be made safe and secure. Some can open up and extend the learning environment to outside. Inside the container would be supplies--like computers, tablet carts, printers, server, paper and 3D printer supplies. When the refugee or crisis victim arrives they are assessed for both language and math knowledge, psychological stability and trauma. This allows for a personalized content filter to be established and can address any barriers to learning, while providing support services. All students at the school receive a feature phone, if they don't have one, that can be pre-loaded with ability appropriate instruction content (video and text), note-taking, and practice drills to work on when not at school. Feature phones are used because 92% of the world's population has access to these devices. A typical day at the school is a maker. Students work on projects in teams and communicate solving problems that they see in their community. The time at the school is brief since many may need to help with home or recovery process. The community & environment theme is used because these areas have lots of problems and it promote empathy in the learner.

Who benefits?

The concept could be used as pre-school to adult learners. The focus of training modules would focus on K-12. Students that sign up for Container School will have access to learn basic math and language skills while having access to computer science skills through the enriched learning lab and maker environment. The Container School provides girls with an environment where they can discreetly learn while having an supportive safe environment to grow. However, the community at-large benefits from the access to technology and the schools focus on solving the big wicked problems that are effecting their community at that period of time, it empowers people that have loss power by letting them focus on positive change.

How is your innovation unique?

--The access to educational content that is delivered through the feature phone in a blended and flipped learning environment where project learning is the focus. --The focus on community empowerment through theme of school

Tell us more about you.

I am an educational technologist that believes the world is change because ICT is changing it and want to be part of the solution to make the transitions smooth. My specialty is mobile learning and develop products that help make educational access easier and faster for educators, students and parents. I have approached developing partnerships with the following: --One Workspaces --A Custom Container Manufacture Looking for anyone that thinks this is a cool idea and wants to explore

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We are not registered but plan to in the future.

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Photo of David Stephens

Hi Karen,
We are currently working on another OpenIDEO submission but are considering this one also because of our technical expertise and contract with a major satellite provider. While our project is in Appalachia, with our satellite service we can connect anywhere in the world. Perhaps you might want to take a look at
Perhaps we can be of some help.
Thanks for all you do,

Photo of Karen Sorensen

Thanks Dave for reaching out! Yes I am interested in talking more. Your idea addresses the number one problem with delivery of technology to undeserved, refugee camps or crisis areas--access to broadband. Interested in hearing more about your satellite network. Have you heard of Open Garden ? They are doing some interesting work on this problem. I am familiar with the UpStart program, it has really demonstrated benefits to kids. Will contact you on linkedin. Thanks for reaching out--Karen

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