Why online learning is only a first step
Technology is a way to bypass some of the great weaknesses of India's educational system
Early last year, helicopters descended in two desperately remote Ethiopian villages. Dozens of tablet devices loaded with games and educational software were dropped off without explanation and instruction, as illiterate young children gathered around. Within five days, those children—who had no previous exposure to printed materials from packaging to road signs, let alone exposure to electronics—were using 47 apps per child, per day. Five months later, in addition to using the tablets to play video games and do spelling exercises, they even managed to hack Android.