Interacting with what is known
Handschooling can happen in classrooms, on school buses, at home, in a village with no school, in a slum with no school, for children schooled at home, for girls not allowed to go to school — and in any other situation where a youngster’s curiosity motivates him or her to connect the internet to learn something.
Handschooling is not just for children and teenagers. It can be for learning very simple subjects or anything more complicated, including knowledge on the cutting edge in the most complex fields of knowledge. University students led the adoption of mobiles, at first with wired and then wireless laptops, and continue to form the handschooling vanguard with mobile phones. Tablets look to be the 2010 handschooling next big thing.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Make sure your local schools let their students use their mobiles for learning.
Make sure your own kids have a mobile device with which they can browse the internet.
Support global projects that get mobiles to kids.
DEFINITION OF A HANDSCHOOLING MOBILE DEVICE:
1) It can be used to browse the internet and is small enough to be easily portable: a laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.
2) Wireless: interacts with the internet without cables or wires.
This video shows a pre-release mock-up of the Apple tablet as imagined for students by book publishers.