Kids could learn about programming, web development, and actually host the data, all from a relatively simple device.
Making a web site on SAFE will be so much better - dead easy, and no worry about domain renewals, monthly payments etc. Just earn enough safecoin through farming to upload your site, and you’re done
Having very easy to use software to create a blog would be nice, and then have a look at the code for that software. I think it would be a great educational tool, and would be happy if the BBC decided to give it a go at some point.
I’m still working on the farmer, and I’m definitely interested.
To go broad for a second: My dream is to start an open hardware company that makes and sells top quality open source hardware.
I used to be a teacher and got into this idea after teaching in a classroom with iPads. They’re totally closed, so students can’t really learn how tech works from them. I love the idea of giving kids teeny SAFE farms. Inexpensive, open computers == big learning.
Please let me know how I can help.
As for the farmer, I’m headed back to China in a few weeks and should have a prototype knocked out at that time.
100% interested in looking at what a prototype kids computer might look like, in addition to the farmer.
Established at the start of 2011, Maidsafe Foundation is a registered Scottish Charity: SC042030.
Over the next few years, our aim will be to develop a variety of services that will empower people and help them to be able to contribute towards creating a fairer, healthier and more balanced world.
We will work with schools, universities, innovators, artists, businesses but especially those around the globe who could use a helping hand. In the UK we will have a special focus on helping to create opportunities for young and disadvantaged people, enabling them to actively use their talents and potential to benefit their communities and society.
A network under development with successful test nets
A community of awsome developers.
Just a few more pushes, and some will - we would get there.
Edit: The bbc:bit project has gone global. I think these teenyFarm devices for kids should go global, through the maidsafe foundation.
Could have an ‘SAFE education’ hackathon to aim to bring together resources, proof of concepts for teaching with MAID.
I guess the hackathon would need to be remote, so people from the community worldwide could participate.
Just chucking ideas around, as I think there’s some great potential here.
Some key questions to clarify might be; 1) what would the BBC get out of this, and 2) what would the kids get from it that they couldn’t get from other education focused computer resources (Raspberry Pi, Microbit etc)
Part of the BBC mission is education, which doesn’t have to have anything to do with broadcasting.
I think the thread highlights several ways already, the only issue would be whether the BBC would see this platform as relevant and delivering anything more than the computers you listed. Possibly not. From here of course we see enormous benefits, but until SAFEnetwork is established (not just launched) it may appear to be a backwater to the BBC. However, they can be very forward thinking in this area so I think it’s worth exploring with them.
This is definitely a great idea and there are many examples of integrating educator-provided technologies into classrooms to increase engagement and access (at least in the US that I know of).
One thing worth looking into is a company formerly called Endless computers, now called Endless. It is a company founded by Matt Dalio, lifelong philanthropist and son of the pivotal investor and management guru Ray Dalio of Bridgewater fame.
Endless originally started with a similar goal to provide high quality open source hardware solutions that came pre-loaded with their OS and lots of educational/information bank resources. It seems like they still offer some of their actual hardware products, however I know that they have pivoted to focusing more on the open source software/OS component. I can’t quite remember why, however I think this might be due to smartphone penetration and usage in the developing markets they were trying to reach.
I find it pretty helpful to take a look at the journey of these other similar solutions to get a sense of the best ways to move forward for such noble and lofty projects. Best of luck!