With schools switching to tablets, carrying bag burden is over, says SANGEETA YADAV
With technology in a constant upgrade mode, even schools today can't ignore it and many of them are all set to make the life of their students easier and, well, lighter. The traditional method of teaching on a blackboard, carrying textbooks and notebooks to school is soon to become obsolete.
The trend of digital classrooms, which has already become a regular feature in the West is now to transform the traditional form of teaching in India. The teachers will no longer be writing on the board, rather teach with the help of a projection screen, via power point presentation. Students wouldn't have to carry a 5 kg bag everyday as their books will be saved on their computers or tablet PCs.
The Central Board Of Secondary Education(CBSE) has already issued a directive to all affiliated schools to set up digital classrooms from primary to secondary level. Till recently, such classrooms were a boon to some private schools but now they will become a part of every institution.
In the last decade, classrooms with projector and computer had attracted a large number of parents who were eager to have latest teaching technology in schools. "Schools like ours, GD Goenka Public School, Mayo College in Jaipur and others adopted the new technology to keep pace with the time and that helped them improve their results," said Indu Pillay, retired principal of Mother's International School(MIS).
Slowly other schools also adopted this technology but now it will become a future of all the CBSE schools. More interestingly, setting up of digital classrooms will not be limited to Science or Mathematics classes but for every subject.
As per CBSE, each student of primary level should be well-versed to use a computer and internet. While students in middle class should be proficient with gathering information from the Internet and analyse it on computer through charts and diagram. Finally, students of secondary and senior secondary level should know how to make reports on given subject and information they get from internet. Students of class XII should know about biochemistry, nanotechnology and other high level subjects.
Riding this new techno wave, an IIT alumni and co-founder of Classteacher Learning Systems, Rohit Pande launched Classpad – a tablet for the education sector specialized to make teacher, student learning process more interesting and personalized.
Specially designed for class III to XII students, the Classpad will serve as an interactive e-reading device, with the capability of storing many books. It can also be connected to the interactive projectors. It will be available in two models- trolley model for multiple student usage that can be shared with 10 students and One Tablet Per Child (OTPC) model.
For Pande, who wants to bring a revolution in the education sector by digitalizing and making it accessible to each student according to one's own merit and intellect, was like his dream come true. " The software installed in Claasspad, test students with problem solving, creativity and application of language skills. Equipped with artificial intelligence, it can help to categorise students as fast, average and slow learners. This will improve their understanding of the concept by giving undivided attention to class lessons. It will further develop their skills in handling technology. Classpad can assist in reducing the monotony of repetitive sessions in the classroom. Teachers can now complete their syllabus within schedule and get considerable time to focus on slow learners," adds pande.
TV goes interactive
For the generation that pings more than they talk, the sixth channel from the Viacom 18 stable SONIC, which premiered in mid December, will go beyond television to engage its audience by driving the online community through www.sonicgang.com, which will be a hub of all the action on the channel
The SONIC Gang will be the ultimate destination for young adults and will offer everything from games to superheroes to gadgets to mobile interactivity and exciting updates on the Facebook & Twitter. The website will also showcase 'Techno Sonic' an exclusive digital show.
These pioneering activities in the digital space promise to provide out-of-the-box experiences that will take brand SONIC to greater heights.
Speaking on the first of its kind interactive website, Nina Elavia Jaipuria, vice president and general manager, Viacom 18 said " It is a new concept through which we wish to connect with our audience who are extremely tech savvy. The kind of programmes we telecast are superhero based and the age group we are targeting is between 10 to 18. After watching an episode of Kung FU Panda or Shaktimaan, they would want more or would like to comment. We offer interactive games with same characters as on the shows on our website and a blog specialized for their opinion and feedback. So one can log in to our website and play as 'Po' the Panda from Kung Fu Panda and fight his enemies."