Hardware

In the 21st century, hardware such as computers and ebook readers should be involved significantly with education. The standards of hardware are as follows

Ebook Reader

Similar to an Amazon Kindle, the ebook reader will be used to download text books to the reader so the student can read the text while using the epaper tablet to write notes on. The reader will be required to support .epub and .pdf files and connect to the National Library for lending of books, and support for text books. As with the epaper tablet, the ebook reader will be required to support WiFi-5, be a dual core CPU, and have a micro-SD card slot for expansion. For charging or synching, this will be done with an USB-C port.

Epaper Tablet

An epaper tablet that will also allow a stylus to write on it. The most popular example of this will be the Remarkable 2, but some adjustments will have to be made. In this regard, the tablet will have to be cheaper to support the masses of students. The tablet will also need to integrate with the National Library.

This tablet will charge via USB-C which will be a national standard. The stylus will allow the student to write notes and documents on the reader, and then if need be – convert to text. This will encourage good handwriting as if the handwriting is too bad, conversion to text may not be possible.

The tablet will be required to have a WiFi-5 connectivity for storing the files in the student’s locker. The tablet will have to support ePub format files for the National Library, and a means of logging into the Library to download school books, and books for lending. The tablet will also support .pdf files.

When a color version becomes financially feasible, students will then be upgraded to the new device. This will eliminate the need for teachers to have to print out color documents that some courses will require.

Computer

A computer will be required. Rather than going with MacOS, or Windows – the national standard will be a brand of Linux which will allow for free updates and OS upgrades. It will also integrate with the government standards which employees will likely use the same Linux version. The choice to move away from more established OSes is for cost and control.

The computer endorsed will be required to be at least a 13.3″ 16:9 screen. There will also be requirements for a fingerprint reader. A minimum of 2 USB-C ports will be required, and support for USB charging. No Other ports other than a 3.5mm jack will be supported. This is to reduce legacy devices. WiFi-5, Bluetooth, and LTE with a nano-SIM will be required.

A minimum of 8GB of memory will be required. A Quad-Core CPU running at a minimum of 1.5Ghz will be required. Storage will be a minimum of two 256GB solid state flash modules will be required. For transferring or managing large files, there will be an SD card reader that will support SDXC card format.