Education

The Digital Solutions for Education (SDE) program was created in late 2007, to meet the public policy coordinated by the Ministry of Education (MEC) and operated by its agencies, such as the National Education Fund (Fundo Nacional da Educação - FNDE). and Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Capes), responsible for the qualification of the National Postgraduate System for the authorization of new masters, academic and professional, and doctoral degrees, and evaluation of existing programs.

Capes´s Periodical Portal 

In 2009, RNP has created an integrated search tool for the collection of the Capes´s Periodical Portal, a virtual library that brings together high-quality content provided by publishers and international scientific associations. It offers teaching and research institutions in Brazil the best international scientific production, through a collection of more than 38,000 periodicals, 150,000 books and 27 digital electronic journals available. Also offers 130 referential bases, 12 bases patents (inventions certified), as well as encyclopedias and reference works, statistics, technical standards, banks of dissertations and theses, and audiovisual content.

RNP does all the technical support portal. Queries can be made by author, title, subject or keyword, with the option remote access and mobile devices. Access can be done for free by researchers from the participating institutions. Currently there are about 424 educational institutions and registered Brazilian research.

In 2014, the Periodical Portal has earned a mobile application version, which lets you quickly search by subject, journal, and book basis. You can also browse websites, read and export the articles in PDF format, and access any type of publication.

In 2015, the Portal has completed 15 years of existence. It was established in 2000, due to the deficit of access of Brazilian libraries to the international scientific information and regional unevenness between universities of the federal higher education system. Today is considered a unique library consortium model in the world, is also the gender initiative with greater capillarity to cover the entire national territory. Learn more.

Cloud technological development of solutions and collaboration services

Another important contribution of RNP for Education is the planning and the implementation of a pilot of cloud computing services and collaboration for Brazilian public schools and their management.

MEC is investing in the computerization of primary and secondary education across the Brazilian public schools through initiatives such as the National Program of Educational Technology (Programa Nacional de Tecnologia Educacional - ProInfo). Many million reais have already been invested in the creation of computer labs and the next step is the acquisition of thousands of educational tablets for teachers and students enrolled in public schools. Initially, 50 000 schools will benefit from the program.

However, despite this investment, the telecommunications infrastructure in Brazil remains a major barrier to the permeability of the use of innovative educational technology. While in large urban centers domestic broadband users have common access to 10 Mbps internet links for family use, in the public network few schools have communication links over 512 Kbps. This capacity represents 1 Kbps per user in a medium-sized school, with about 500 students and their teachers using the Internet bandwidth simultaneously. That is, a situation that makes not feasible the network access to multimedia content, even to educational objects of low complexity, such as PowerPoint driven classes or public domain books in PDF.

To meet the growing demand for the use of new technologies in the educational learning environment, RNP is implementing a solution that allows teachers, educators and students of public schools to share content. It integrates education management through innovative communication technology services (Telepresence and Mconf), with the dissemination of knowledge in the classroom to access to quality content (media center). It may also foster the development of new cloud technologies, thanks to the research and development of innovative high-end infrastructure to facilitate the process of knowledge exchange between the departments of education nationwide.

With this, a great history teacher in Acre, for example, may share his material with a colleague in Sao Paulo, who may recommend this content to their students. The students throughout Brazil may access and consume the best educational contents available, leveling up the access to existing educational quality materials, but geographically restricted to schools where they are.