Tom Nolle: Cloud in the Wild

On a recent African trip I saw examples of the value of the cloud in developing nations, for educational and community development programs. We could build on this, but not only in developing economies, because these same programs are often under-supported even in first-world countries.
12/4/2013 | 15 comments
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Susan Fourtané   Cloud in the Wild   12/6/2013 1:48:39 PM
The cloud in African schools
Welcome back, Tom! :) 

Thanks for this interesting update on education in Africa. In the past years there has been as good adoption of technology in schools. In Ghana Worldreader has successfully implemented a tablet program. The kids can take the tablets home, and this means their siblings, and parents can also learn things through the tablets. It's a great project. 

Definilitely more cloud projects have to be implemented in education, as you say, not only in Africa, but everywhere in the world. 

What a nice experience you seem to have had, Tom! How nice. What other things did you have the chance to observe in the school, or schools you visited? 

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Tom Nolle   Cloud in the Wild   12/6/2013 2:13:40 PM
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Thanks, Susan; getting back from vacation is always a mixed blessing for me!

In the area I visited, the most interesting thing was that they had a community-based approach rather than a pure "public school" approach. That meant that adults had a means of learning computer skills, for example, through their own program.  That has the effect of making the parents and siblings of children in the programs aware of the benefits, and more supportive of their youth in getting literate early on.  The sponsors of the programs have also tried to use the adult programs and even the secondary school programs to do things like generate YouTube videos, to get awareness of the programs out and to provide some sense of accomplishment to the people involved.

I was in South Africa (my fourth trip) and I was as always impressed with how well the country has done overcoming its past without bitterness, and how it's sustained economic progress across all the various races and ethnicities.  I think that's Mandella's real legacy.
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Susan Fourtané   Cloud in the Wild   12/7/2013 12:45:52 PM
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How interesting, Tom. Have they succeeded with the YouTube videos? 

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Tom Nolle   Cloud in the Wild   12/7/2013 12:50:44 PM
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It's just getting started, Susan, but the results so far are encouraging to them.  I think they see simply having the material posted to be a victory; the students can see results of their work on a global stage.

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batye   Cloud in the Wild   12/12/2013 6:36:08 AM
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interesting to know Tom, thank you...
Susan Fourtané   Cloud in the Wild   12/14/2013 11:36:11 PM
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Yes, having and seeing the material posted for the first time has to be really exciting, encouraging, motivating, and rewarding. Do share a link if you have one. :) 

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Tom Nolle   Cloud in the Wild   12/15/2013 8:53:33 AM
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If you look up "Londolozi" and "children" or "school" on YouTube you'll get the videos, Susan, or at leat the ones I know of.  I don't know if they post to a single channel or to multiple ones.  Londolozi is the name of the camp, and they and the Varty family that founded it are sponsors of the education activity, along with DT.

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Susan Fourtané   Cloud in the Wild   12/16/2013 6:02:08 AM
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Thanks, Tom! :) 

Did you know this? "The name Londolozi is derived from a Zulu word meaning "protector of all living things""  How nice, right? 

Is this the foundation? This is very interesting. They do plenty of things. 

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Tom Nolle   Cloud in the Wild   12/16/2013 7:29:38 AM
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I did know that; they provide you the meaning when you visit the lodge or the school.  We take school supplies there every time we visit Africa.  I have the email for the contact at the GoodWorkFoundation too, if you want to private-message me for it.

Londolozi is a lovely place.  My Holiday Card picture is from there, in fact.  I can't upload it here, sadly!


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Susan Fourtané   Cloud in the Wild   12/18/2013 1:41:24 AM
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How nice, Tom! Thanks. Yes, I'll do.

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Nomi   Cloud in the Wild   12/15/2013 7:14:38 AM
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@Tom its great to hear such a story. I think success story needs to be communicated to grasp its benifits at a larger scale. I think we need to learn all good aspects from which ever part  or small they are comming. I think a link is a must to see it in actual sense to learn more. Thanks once again.
Tom Nolle   Cloud in the Wild   12/15/2013 8:55:24 AM
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Hopefully the suggestion I offered to Susan will yield a bunch of them.  I'll also check with the camp's multimedia coordinator; they work with the school so they would likely have some notion of where the stuff is posted!

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Susan Fourtané   Cloud in the Wild   12/16/2013 6:04:35 AM
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I found this  foundation searching for the name Tom gave me (see below). This is very interesting. They do plenty of things. 

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Nomi   Cloud in the Wild   12/16/2013 6:58:37 AM
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@Susan thanks for the info.It  is very surprising that this organization is almost century old and understaking numerous projects. I think we need to put our share in what ever capacity either physically or financially. I think these kind of projects must be implemented in other areas where population is deprived of basic needs.
MDMConsult   Cloud in the Wild   12/18/2013 9:28:19 AM
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