Bible OL to run on credit card size computer
We are excited to share the news on Judith Gottschalk's new work to set up a Raspberry Pi 3 computer as a server to support an offline local network running Bible OL independent of the internet.
Gottschalk was involved in our first experiment to set up a laptop in Madagascar to serve as a server in an offline system. This solution was an improvement over setting up PC's which are difficult to ship and get through customs. However, since 2013 we have also been exploring the idea of using the much smaller Rasperry PI computers. They are much smaller and cheaper, and users can attach them to the keyboards and screens or TV sets they already have.
Gottschalk will demonstrate her new credit card size computer at Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting in Berlin in August 2017 in paper on sustainainable elearning goals (see abstract HERE). Her server runs an operating system on a micro-SD card flashed and can support language learning on smart phones, tablets and computers. It will work on solar power and without internet access. It will be able to use Moodle for delivery of high quality learning in rural colleges in Africa and elsewhere.
Eventually this can become a learner-friendly and affordable advanced persuasive technology for the global learner. GLI will therefore work on solutions that will make Bilbe OL work better and faster on these small computers.
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