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image of a tablet - One Tablet per Child  programClassroom tools in today’s modern schools are more than chalkboards and books. An essential element now involves access to the wealth of information available through the internet. In developed societies, that access is ubiquitous through the widespread use of smartphones, tablets and computers. In the rest of the world, the cost of such devices is a barrier to advancing education into the 21st century.

In Thailand, that is changing as the government, through its own "One Tablet Per Child" program, deploys low-cost tablets, beginning with first grade students.

Shenzhen Scope has sold 900,000 units for use in Thailand schools in 2012. These tablets have a 7-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB storage, wireless LAN support of 802.11b/g/n, 6 hours of battery life and are powered by a Rockchip SoC chip, which is based on the ARM Cortex™-A8 processor. These units cost about $80 and after 3 years, are the students' to keep. The government is now planning to supply 800,000 tablets that are more robust in 2013 to students entering the 7th grade.

In the past, students in developing nations have relied on notebooks or netbooks, devices that tended to be more power hungry. ARM partners can deliver cost-effective, full-featured products to schools at price points that are affordable in developing nations. For example, Amlogic shipped over half a million tablets to Brazil, Allwinner designed devices for the Indian market and Nufront is working with education partners in China.

As the price of these and other tablets fall, tablet-like mobile learning devices will become increasingly affordable and accessible. ARM technology-based devices could transform education around the world.


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