To address this missing link, we came across a global raspberry pi project
that has gained traction in developing countries called RACHEL. RACHEL
is set up as a router using the raspberry pi that allows devices such as
smartphones, laptops, tablets or other secondary devices to access
content offline. It enables someone to access large volumes of open and
free educational courseware and libraries available online and makes
them available without using the internet (World Possible, 2015). We
prototyped this project to test out at GBMH.
RACHEL and GBMH
During our OLPC training sessions with small groups of teachers over the
course of 2 weeks, we walked them through how RACHEL works.
Teachers started to feel more comfortable with content as they saw that
one of the programs on RACHEL, Wikipedia, is available in hindi. RACHEL
also compliments the OLPC well since you can use the laptop to wirelessly
connect to the offline hotspot. Images are available, along with access to
videos. While the OLPC still doesn’t let you play videos (we have an older
version of the laptop), secondary devices such as teacher smartphones or
desktop computers in the GBMH lab can be used for this.
Raspberry Pi enabled as a router: provides access to information offline