Are Indian schools getting Hi-Tech?
Schools have been sacred places of learning right from the time of gurukuls. They still are but only much more teach-savvy. Classrooms today are no more mundane spaces with just chairs, benches and blackboards.
The technology-based teaching tools today only enhance the teaching cum learning process in the classrooms. This transformation from simple to hi-tech education is slowly changing the education system of India, and making it more interactive and effective.
Today, we see tiny tots using mobile phones and other tech gadgets. Children enjoy the ease and the interactive nature of technology to the hilt. The idea of hi-tech education system is simple. So, if the necessary ease is there anyway then why not capitalize on it to help the system? Many Southeast Asian schools have already implemented the use of tablets in schools right from the primary classes. India is also soon on its way to becoming a hi-tech education destination.
The two-tier cities are also fast catching up. They have realized the importance of making classroom smarter and making learning more relatable to real life. Asia Pacific future Gov reported that a school in Manikarampalayam under Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation, will soon be equipped with a touch screen digital board, projector, 25 laptops, and three-year unlimited broadband connectivity, allowing 432 students from grade six to grade nine to access internet for educational materials and content.
Experts also opine that touch and audio help develop the fine motor skills of the children. Many learning tools allow students to study through features such as voice recognition where students say what they want to and the words get typed on their own.
Schools, one step ahead in adopting technology for improving education, have gone for digital classrooms using e-learning solutions. Digital classrooms are tech-enabled classrooms with projectors, screens, and other audio-visual equipment for digital learning. Teachers and students have access to digitized content of their courseware. Teachers make use of digital learning materials like presentations, animations, and other audio-visual content to teach concepts to children.
E-Learning solutions are designed with various features for students, teachers, and parents. It helps in engaging students, teachers and parents for the literary growth of the students. Students can give online tests, check their performance, download digitized course materials, and ask questions. Teachers can access digital courseware, make new course contents, post online tests, check students’ interaction and performance, and can communicate with the parents. Parents can check their ward’s attendance and performance, and can communicate with the teachers and school’s administration.
Some of the top e-learning solutions for schools in the Indian market provide following digital classroom services: setting up infrastructure and technology in classrooms, providing digitized content and courseware, educating the teachers to make the best use of the digital classroom’s infrastructure, and training the management on technology usage.
E-Learning gadgets for Students
Schools, taking steps ahead of availing computers and setting up digital classrooms, are providing iPads or Android tablets to the students. Schools are experimenting with technology gadgets and software products to improve the standards of education provided to the students. Indian schools are trying their best to compete with the schools of developed countries on technology enabled and integrated education system.
Many schools are providing iPads or tablets to students and teachers in 1:1 ratio. Students can read digitized course content, give tests, access Internet, check performance, and receive messages or announcements from their teachers and school’s administration by using these e-learning gadgets. Teachers can create e-learning content, schedule tests, check students’ performance, and communicate with the parents or school’s administration by using these tech gadgets.
In the coming time, iPads or Android tablets or laptops will replace traditional learning resources and students will not need to carry books and copies to schools. These tech gadgets will replace books and copies.
The day is not far when India will witness its education system making full use of technology for providing better learning process and resources to the young minds of the country.