A repurposed laptop computer which acts as a Teacher in a Box server and comes pre-loaded with educational content, a router configured to create the LAN (local area network) and an instruction booklet. Face-to-face training will be arranged at the time of collection.
At this stage we have no plans to supply the other components that you may need for your deployment such as a projector, Wi-Fi devices or headphones but we are happy to advise.
Teacher in a Box holds a huge range of educational and training materials on topics such as agriculture, environment, medical, sanitation, water management and illustrated story books for young children.
Our large range of text books includes maths, science and technology as well as an extensive range of other subjects.
One of the modules, KA Lite, is an off-line version of Khan Academy which delivers over 10,000 videos and worksheets.
Click on the “Online Resources” tab to check it out
It has been calculated that Teacher in a Box can support up to 300 devices simultaneously, however this has never been tested.
This will depend on the environment and the materials that it passed through. Teacher in a Box has a range of about 200 metres with line of sight.
It is possible to increase the range using an additional router as a signal booster or by setting up a wired connection. Another option is to just purchase a second TIB server.
Our focus is on English at the moment but we are happy to investigate what can be made available in other languages. Send us an email to register your interest.
Any projector with a VGA input.
The new LED style projectors come in small sizes, are cheap and easy to transport, use very little power and give a longer life.
We have been advised that projectors must have a rating of at least 500 ANSI lumens (brightness) to be at all effective in a classroom. The brighter the classroom’s natural environment, the higher the brightness rating of the projector needs to be.
A better all-round option is said to be a suitable low powered TV which can be purchased locally.
Many projectors come with built-in speakers that may be sufficient otherwise any small external speakers designed for a computer are suitable.
Any stereo headphones can be used. Check the headphone input of the devices to be used. Usually a 3.5mm stereo jack is required.
No. Written instructions are provided for standard deployments and hands on training can be arranged at our workshop in Brisbane prior to undertaking the deployment. All the hard work has been done for you.
Yes, Teacher in a Box runs on any type of Wi-Fi device including smart phones.
Some legacy issues have been found with new smart phones and tablets that no longer support Adobe Flash. Very few of the TIB resources use Flash but if it is an issue, it can be easily resolved by installing and using the Dolphin Browser app on each device.
The life of a second-hand battery is not something that can be guaranteed. Each battery is checked as part of our quality assurance process and it is replaced if shown to have a capacity of less than industry standard (i.e. < 80%). While this is a good indicator it is not an exact science as you will see.
Modern laptops use Lithium Ion batteries and the life of these batteries can be extended by topping them up regularly and not letting the battery go below 20% except in rare circumstances. The problem with regular shallow discharges is they can cause the laptop to show wrong estimates for battery health. Laptop manufacturers recommend you perform a full discharge about once per month to help calibrate the device’s battery time estimate.
Important notes: Never leave the battery completely discharged and never leave the laptop in a hot car.
Yes. Contact us and we will forward your query onto a member of the team who has been developing alternative power source options for Teacher in a Box.