Worldwide there has been a strong push to get educational technology into the hands of teachers and students – yet it remains a reality that most teachers across the world continue to struggle with their day to day challenges in classrooms and remain completely un-impacted by technology even today.
The Primary reason for this is that most technology integration initiatives developed for schools ignore to look at the specific pain areas and real life challenges that teachers experience in classrooms.
Not only should the solution address the pain areas of the teacher but also follow a path which blends seamlessly with their own individual traditional teaching styles. There is a need to provide them with digital content that is mapped precisely to curriculum. The method also needs to be simple, minimally invasive, user friendly and have minimal dependence on teachers own skills. Equally essential is on going handholding support from training to maintenance.
Smart Class was launched by Educomp on a limited pilot basis early 2004. In the initial stages a soft launch across a few select geographies confirmed that the promised value proposition and the model of delivery offered by smart class had phenomenal acceptance amongst private schools of all categories.
Smart class was conceived and developed around the ideology that for technology to become an integral part of day to day teaching and learning practices in schools, it needs to move right in to the classrooms where students and teachers spend over 80% of their teaching learning time.
At the very initial phase of launch of smart class for Indian private schools some of the most reputed schools in India such as the DPS R K Puram, Bal Bharati School, Pitampura in Delhi and Padma Seshadri Group of schools in Chennai were amongst the first to adopt the programme. Smart class has now been adopted by over 500 schools across India and is at the threshold of bringing in a rapid transformation of moving technology into classrooms in private schools in India.
Smart class Programme Overview
Smart class is powered by a vast repository of “instructor led” digital presentation materials such as animations/video clips, etc. which are mapped to curriculum guidelines adopted by the school. The content modules are made available to the teacher's right inside the classroom as and when they need them as per their own pre specified time tables. A powerful application engine enables teachers to search/ select/ view / prepare lesson plans and use the content modules in class.
A knowledge center is set up inside the school campus equipped with a server connected to all classrooms. The classrooms are equipped with PCs for the teacher and a display mechanism to broadcast instruction materials for a group of students in class.
Students acquire a greater understanding of the concepts taught in the class through engaging visuals and digital presentation materials used by the teacher. There is a deeper internalizing of abstract concepts that results in better recall and therefore directly impacting students academic grades.
The entire programme is delivered to schools by Educomp on a turn key basis. The programme deliverables involve all elements such as the repository of mapped digital content resources, training for teachers, provision, installation and maintenance of all supporting infrastructure such as hardware, software, accessories, networking besides full time in campus manpower to provide day to day hand holding support to teachers.
The programme is made affordable for all private schools in India by helping schools to align all investments made for the program to a nominal subscription fees collected from students over a five year term.