'School-in-a-Bag' ushers e-learning for public schools

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 15 2016 10:02 PM

MANILA – One bag can go a long way.

Smart Communications recently launched "School-in-a-Bag," a mobile school bag designed for far-flung public schools across the country with no electricity.

The bag, which weighs around 20 kilograms, costs P100,000 and contains a solar panel for electricity, a laptop, mobile tablets, a pocket Wi-Fi unit, an LED TV, and modules designed for K to 12 education.

The bag is designed around the use of Filipino learning app Batibot, which is pre-installed in the tablets.

Smart previously developed the mobile education app in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd). Its content is aligned with DepEd's national curriculum.

The School-in-a-Bag is a follow-up to Smart's previous project, the "TechnoCart," a cart that contained a laptop, projector, 21 tablets, and a pocket Wi-Fi. 

According to Stephanie Orlino, Smart's senior manager for public affairs, while the TechnoCart was designed for more urban areas, the School-in-a-Bag can be more accessible for schools in far-flung areas since it does not require electricity.

Orlina added that Smart raised P3 million in donations and is set to roll out the project in 10 schools in different regions.

Among the first beneficiaries of the project is the Rawang Elementary School, located in a remote area in Tanay, Rizal that has no electricity and water.