The Internet is predominantly the most effective way to get information to a broad scope of people in almost every corner of the world.
Looking into schools across the world it is interesting to find that 87% of K-12 teachers believe that electronic tablets enrich classroom environments (according to a recent PBS study), as well as the simple fact that if a tablet were to hold 3,500 books it’s weight would be a billionth of a billionth of a gram more, whereas if a student were to have that many physical books, it would weigh somewhere around two tons.
Seeing this information proves that the Internet is the new way to go when it comes to educating people around the world. The amazing thing about this is that there are people making strides in the education department in a great attempt to bring Internet (along with education) to every corner of the world. Here are some of those people!
- Google: Their project, which was top secret when it launched in 2011, is called Project Loon. They have started with putting Internet access all around New Zealand with a little circular red antenna. The antenna connects to something that looks like a hot air balloon, and gives people in the more remote areas, including farmlands, Internet access. This project even caught the attention of NASA engineers who helped to create the â€œLoonâ€ that is supposed to give Internet access to everyone. For now, this is just “science project”, but who knows what this could develop into in the future.
- Mark Zuckerberg: Founder of Facebook, believes that access to the Internet is not a luxury, but a basic right. He has even written an article on his Facebook Page entitled, “Is Connectivity a Human Right?” Wherein he states his “rough proposal to connect the next 5 billion people [online].” His team is working tirelessly to get drones, satellites, and lasers all around the world to give people the chance to get online. His website internet.org is geared towards getting everyone basic Internet data such as checking the weather, local news, health information, messaging, and even Facebook. His goal is to have everyone in the world connected through the Internet.
- Akon: The famous rapper is now a philanthropist in his own right, bringing electricity to Africa through solar power. This doesnâ€™t necessarily fall into the category of bringing the world online, but it does take a step in that direction. People cannot be online if they have no electricity! He has implemented a solar power plan to get Africa lit up, and has given 14 countries solar powered street lamps, micro generators, charging stations, and home kits, and that is just the beginning.
Overall there are quite a few people making a real difference in getting the world online, educated, and safer in their homes with electricity. Stay on the lookout for more changes to the Internet like this, because there will be a ton to come!