Digital classrooms: The future of young India
Kalpana Pathak in Mumbai
Keeping pace with students who are becoming more tech-savvy, schools in India are taking to the concept of digital classrooms – a new education technology that assists teachers with course-ware and maintenance support in digital format.
When Mrinalini Kaura, the principal of Venkateshwar International School (VIS) in Dwarka, New Delhi, heard of this concept, she did not think twice before digitising 45 classrooms.Barely a few months into revamping the classrooms, Kaura was so impressed with the results that she plans to implement it in the remaining 23 classes of her school.
Kaura says she sees digital classrooms as the way ahead for all schools because it makes both teaching and learning simple: Better assessment system, real-time paper evaluation and abstract concepts made easy to understand.VIS is not the only success story with Educomp Solution’s smart class in its classrooms. Several schools in Ludhiana – including Kundan Vidya Mandir, Satpaul School and BCM School – too, have caught up with the trend and are experimenting with technology to impart knowledge to up to class VIII students.Educomp, till a few years ago, was the only player in the digital classroom segment, but today the market has over half-a-dozen players – like Everonn Education, EdServe Softsystem, Core Projects and Technologies, NIIT and Manipal K-12 Education – who have made learning easy through IT-enabled systems.
The digital classroom services include: setting up of infrastructure and technology in schools; providing digitised course-ware and maintenance support to teachers; educating teachers and the management on technology usage and conduct special interactive sessions, sometimes through VSAT.The market has evolved with the Central government’s move to fund Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan for ICT@Schools programme with a Rs 15 lakh per district per year budget.Under the government’s Technology in Education Initiative, out of a total 10,00,000 schools in the country, the programme will cover 6,42,600 schools at the primary, upper primary and secondary levels.