Digitial Interactive Solutions for K-12

Archive for February, 2012

Classpad : A new generation tablet for personalized and interactive teaching & learning

Classpad is the latest innovation in field of interactive teaching and learning by Classteacher Learning Systems.  Classpad marks the next level of innovation in terms of personalized pedagogy structure and newer applications which are designed to equip and empower teacher to teach better, and students to learn better.

Classpad facilitates personalized and interactive learning in the classroom and makes education accessible to every student according to his/ her individual intelligence level and talent. Using the Classpad, teachers can effortlessly transfer class work to the students’ tablet, share their own content instantly and conduct tests/ assessments hassle free. Students can also give undivided attention to class lessons, attempt assessments and get immediate results to further enhance their learning.

Classpad provides educational solutions based on the NCERT syllabus. Using the tablet, students can download 7000 education applications on the cloud. Classpad has a touch screen with a 7 hour battery life, 1.3 Ghz processing speed and a built-in memory of 4 GB expandable upto 32 Gb.

Our education system does not differentiate students according to the learning capabilities and teach them at the same level, but the software installed in Classpad tests students’ problem solving, creativity and application of language skills. It provides them with personalized teaching as per their learning capabilities. Equipped with artificial intelligence, Classpad can help to categorize students as fast learners, average learners and slow learners. 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.

Available for students in standard 3 to 12, Classpad can serve as an interactive e-reading device, with the capability of storing dozens of books. Equipped with distinctive software that is designed to integrate smoothly with existing school platforms, Classpad can easily be connected to the interactive whiteboards. The  Classpad is  available in 2 models: Trolley model for multiple student usage and one Tablet per Child (OTPC) model.

Classpad  offers three learning models – ‘In-class’, using which teachers can effortlessly transfer class work, tests and home assignments to the students’ tablet; ‘In-school’, for out-of-class learning; and, ‘In-home’, for parents to monitor children’s school and home work.

Classpad provides seamless integration between school and home. Powered by an adaptive technology engine,  Classpad works both on the cloud and the school server.

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Digital Learning: Paving way for personalized education

Technology- and activity-based modules in digital learning products make teaching easier for teachers, while facilitating faster learning by students. Such interactive teachings are immediately followed by practice sessions for students. In such a scenario, the comprehension and retention capacity of students soar manifold, unlike in tradition teaching, where monotonous lectures lead to the lowest retention capacity among students. Besides being user-friendly, many digital teaching modules come with control functions that allow teachers to monitor each student’s real-time performance. Although students have personalized consoles, each teacher holds administrative rights to make the class fully functional. The teachers can then allocate personalized lesson plans to each student, according to their specific levels and performance. After the lessons are submitted, the teacher is well placed to assess the performance levels of each student. Assessment serves as an important cog in the learning process, as it helps in measuring learning outcomes, providing remedial inputs and offering a powerful set of solution towards a consistent development of the students. Implementing assessment programs assist the teacher to know the strengths and weakness of the students and then plan the future lessons in tandem with the pace of the students.

These user-friendly teaching modules not only take a great burden off teachers, but make topics simpler for students to understand. Furthermore, interactivity aids focused concentration for longer periods. All this ensures students considered laggards in class could now even put in above-average performances. Given the element of fun and interactivity that digital learning programs bring into classrooms, teachers may soon find it difficult to label students as genuine slow learners.

Students taught in this manner possess an array of creative, problem-solving, communication and analytical skills – the best means to beat a path to success in the 21st century’s ultra-competitive environment. With most modern schools in Indian cities and towns introducing computers and computer education, the time is right to adopt digital learning technologies across classrooms.

Once digital learning is accepted by most schools across the country, India will no longer be a laggard in student assessment programs but instead lead from the front. Considering India’s rich cultural heritage and millennia-old teaching traditions, this would be its rightful place amongst the global comity of nations.

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Rohit pande is CEO of Classteacher Learning Systems

 

Technology charts an inclusive socio-economic growth gradient, By: Rohit Pande, CEO, Classteacher Learning Systems

Technology is an indispensible aspect in fostering education and the Indian society is waking up to this fact.

 Today, we often come across jargons such as ‘knowledge economy’, ‘information explosion’, ‘world at your fingertips’. These are not alien terms, as they have become an indispensible part of our regular vocabulary. Rewind a decade ago and a totally different picture would have surfaced. The dichotomy exists even today, translated by economists as ‘India’ and ‘Bharat’. While urban India has taken IT for granted, there is a mammoth demographic segment who doesn’t know how technology touches their lives, if at all they do.

In  these two words –‘Information and technology’, the aspect to be noticed is the fact that Information always precedes technology. Information existed, technology made it accessible, thereby building a society knowledge rich, aware and discerning. With time, the fact got proven that IT is an enabler of social inclusivity, by the sheer truth that it can bring information to the masses, educate them and make them live a life of quality.

Technology is an indispensible aspect in fostering education and the Indian society is waking up to this fact. Of the nearly one million public schools in India, less than 0.2 percent has any form of IT infrastructure or computer-based education. Though technology has made inroads into areas hitherto inaccessible, still there is a major chunk of the Indian population who cannot take advantage of the possibilities because of obvious constraints, cost being one. Several organizations are undertaking initiatives to negate those constraints and time testifies the fact that we have come a long way in doing so.

Grass-Root Initiatives and innovations
Numerous grass-root innovations are happening to bridge the glaring digital divide. The biggest challenge in India undoubtedly is that of infrastructure. Setting up a school is a cumbersome process necessitating very high costs in terms of building materials, municipality permits, electricity, remuneration for teachers, and maintenance. As a corollary, this acts as a hurdle to many bright students who cannot afford that kind of money.

 Keeping in perspective the fact that today, out of approximately 200 million children in the age group of 6-14 years only 120 million are going to school, these initiatives will pave a long way in fostering an inclusive atmosphere for socio economic growth. As part of its Vision 2020 plan, the Government is looking to increase the number of school-going children to 30 per cent by 2020.
How is Technology paving the way for Socio-economic growth in India?
Now is the season of Tablets. We often read in the papers about how low cost tablets are made available to village panchayats, students and even the Government in India. With a medium to access information and the information content itself, technology is acting as a game changer. Both these components are existing in a complementary relationship and technology is enabling this trend. Information technology industry has already ushered in a catalytic change in the Indian society by collaborating with the government to increase accessibility, affordability and accountability of essential services.

Technology has brought about effective alterations in administrative functions in terms of public services and e-governance projects, to eliminate avoidable inefficiencies, reduce corruption and guaranteeing ease of collaboration amongst diverse departments. The industry itself has accelerated technology-adoption across various sectors including healthcare, real-estate, BFSI, tourism and retail; thereby improving quality of life of the citizens of India. Constraints still exists in terms of cost and awareness. As these dissolve with time, technology will make its presence felt even more assertively and act as building blocks for social inclusivity.
Rohit Pande is the CEO and co- founder of Classteacher Learning Systems which was established in 2000. Rohit started his career with Andersen consulting where he worked as a consultant. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi of the 1995 batch, he pursued management studies at Indian Institute of Management- Calcutta.