HP has introduced its HP Lab-in-Box to Vidyanagar Primary School students in Ahmedabad. A self-sustainable and fully operational computer lab created in a shipping container, the HP Lab-in-Box is designed as a rapidly deployable cloud enabled infrastructure solution to spread both the reach and quality of education in India.
This is the fourth such HP Lab-in-Box prototype that has been installed to facilitate personalized and immersive learning experiences. The previous three pilots are running at the Government Sarvodaya Senior Secondary School in New Delhi, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) campus in New Delhi and by the Indian army at the Western Command, Chandigarh.
Each HP Lab-in-Box comprises a shipping container that has 15 HP Multiseat Thinclients, a multifunctional printer, wireless connectivity, electricity, furniture, fans and air conditioning. HP’s multiseat computing solution means multiple users can be connected to one PC, which maximises space while reducing cost and complexity. Textbooks are pre-loaded onto the PCs. Curricular materials and even tutorials can be delivered from distant centers of excellence. And HP’s multi-seat computing solutions allow multiple students to use a single PC, reducing complexity and minimizing costs.
HP is also hosting a cloud based educational application that searches and displays relevant videos from the internet, based on the textbook being read by the student. The application has an adaptive online self-learning tool called MindSpark from Educational Initiatives, an HP partner, who is providing personalized assessment tools to the student to track their individual learning progress. The results of a related pilot now completed in Bangalore showed significant improvements in competence after using this application and similar outcomes are expected in Gujarat.