The DSH Voice Forum

We work with needy schools in rural areas and urban slums in India, many of which are isolated single-teacher schools that lack training and expertise. We are building a virtual voice forum that allows these teachers to share with peers elsewhere and better trained counterparts in good urban schools. Such a forum allows the teachers to seek advice, receive feedback, share experiences, conduct virtual student and teacher activities. We must accomplish this in a resource-constrained environment that has no smart phones, no Internet, no computers. We discuss how we build the forum with only "dumb" phones and "phone radio boxes" that derive their "smartness" from connections with voice servers in the "cloud."