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Under The Reading Tree is a charity that provides welcoming places for children and adults to learn and experience the joy of reading. They do this by collaborating with local partners. An educational entrepreneur could build a book business (either through a self-publishing model or with support from collaborative partners like libraries) to allow children access to relevant and localized books.

Under The Reading Tree is a charity that provides welcoming places for children and adults to learn and experience the joy of reading. They do this by collaborating with local partners. An educational entrepreneur could build a book business (either through a self-publishing model or with support from collaborative partners like libraries) to allow children access to relevant and localized books.

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Aflatoun's program in Mumbai helps students start their own micro-enterprises to address poverty reduction, and teach kids real-world skills. What if we took this same idea - using micro-enterprise as a way to learn while overcoming poverty - and put it towards learning skills that more directly related to their daily lives?

Aflatoun's program in Mumbai helps students start their own micro-enterprises to address poverty reduction, and teach kids real-world skills. What if we took this same idea - using micro-enterprise as a way to learn while overcoming poverty - and put it towards learning skills that more directly related to their daily lives?

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In some Indian cities, there is a culture of renting textbooks. Costs of renting older but relevant editions of textbooks are even lower. Older editions are an inventory burden to a book-shop because it is less in demand, and hence are rented out very cheaply.

In some Indian cities, there is a culture of renting textbooks. Costs of renting older but relevant editions of textbooks are even lower. Older editions are an inventory burden to a book-shop because it is less in demand, and hence are rented out very cheaply.

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A collaboration between MIT Media Lab and Design Continuum in 2006 created a laptop that could be manufactured for under $100 and distributed to school children in developing countries. It is also set up to withstand the environmental pressures faced by its intended user - it's durable, supports alternative power sources (including human generated power), and is able to network with other laptops.

A collaboration between MIT Media Lab and Design Continuum in 2006 created a laptop that could be manufactured for under $100 and distributed to school children in developing countries. It is also set up to withstand the environmental pressures faced by its intended user - it's durable, supports alternative power sources (including human generated power), and is able to network with other laptops.

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From birth, children learn through observation; copying and mimicking the behavior of others. What if children were allowed to shadow, either individually or in groups, others within their communities who have a hands-on approach to problem solving.

From birth, children learn through observation; copying and mimicking the behavior of others. What if children were allowed to shadow, either individually or in groups, others within their communities who have a hands-on approach to problem solving.

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Recycle the collosal amount of already printed textbooks by delivering them ultra cheaply or free of charge to schools in developing countries.

Recycle the collosal amount of already printed textbooks by delivering them ultra cheaply or free of charge to schools in developing countries.

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Aflatoun inspires children and youth aged 6–18 years to empower themselves by offering social & financial education in the context of their rights and responsibilities.

Aflatoun inspires children and youth aged 6–18 years to empower themselves by offering social & financial education in the context of their rights and responsibilities.

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We think of blackboards as something common to a lot of classrooms, but this isn't always the case. I think they are cool because they make information, discussions, knowledge, and feedback visible among a group when used as a place to document. The often are reusable - i.e. they can be erased and drawn on again - and they support collaboration. Are there other analog platforms that accomplish these same tasks?

We think of blackboards as something common to a lot of classrooms, but this isn't always the case. I think they are cool because they make information, discussions, knowledge, and feedback visible among a group when used as a place to document. The often are reusable - i.e. they can be erased and drawn on again - and they support collaboration. Are there other analog platforms that accomplish these same tasks?

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In 2009, a discussion about "How to Crowdsource Grading" took place on Cathy Davidson's blog at HASTAC. Lots of perspectives and models were added to the comments which you can see here: http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/how-crowdsource-grading

In 2009, a discussion about "How to Crowdsource Grading" took place on Cathy Davidson's blog at HASTAC. Lots of perspectives and models were added to the comments which you can see here: http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/how-crowdsource-grading

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The story of William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi who figured out on his own how to build windmills out of scrap materials. He built them using gum trees, bicycle parts and other scrap materials.

The story of William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi who figured out on his own how to build windmills out of scrap materials. He built them using gum trees, bicycle parts and other scrap materials.

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