Ecuadorian NGO uses Low-cost Digital Whiteboard
Jul 30 2010, Ecuador [EC]
The Ecuadorian organisation CEDEP created a digital whiteboard for under 100 US Dollars. The whiteboard will be used as an interactive tool for trainings and presentations. The board was made by using a Nintendo Wii game console controller and an infrared pen.
Organisation CEDEP found that by using the interactive whiteboard, it is easier for their audience to follow instructions and focus on certain parts of the screen.
Digital whiteboards are used very often for trainings and in the education sector, but these whiteboards are usually expensive and hard to transport. The ‘Wii’ solution is however very portable (provided that a beamer is available on the location where it’s brought). CEDEP based the whiteboard on an idea that was presented by researcher Johnny Lee in 2008.
The ‘Centro de Educación Popular’ (CEDEP) is a non-governmental organisation that opened an independent radio station in 1997 called Radio La Luna. It aims to raise political awareness through digitising documentary materials related to social resistance in Ecuador. Radio La Luna also gives air time to various social organisations.
Since 2010 CEDEP is an IICD technical partner supporting digital literacy in Ecuador.