New Delhi – Affordability will be a crucial factor in promoting smart learning in rural parts of India. Many smart learning solution providers like TagHive are coming forward with economical solutions for schools.
“Schools require smart and affordable technologies that can capture in-classroom learning data and use that data to enhance the learning of kids when they are at home or at the learning center, after school,” TagHive’s Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pankaj Agarwal told India CSR. Learning will become more efficient then, he said.
“Rural schools need technologies for better teaching environment, to empower teachers and to motivate students towards regular attendance thus helping these students achieve better learning outcomes,” Agarwal said adding that TagHive’s ‘Class-Saathi’ cost at USD 10 per clicker as against an average USD 20 for similar solutions was “competitive and best in the industry”.
The personalised solution aimed at developing futuristic classrooms, offers interactive content and statistics for teaching. “It is a playful device which engages teachers with students,” Agarwal elaborated.
Calling technology a “substantial investment for a family” personal computer-maker Dell has partnered with ‘Kissht’ to provide finance schemes to the customers, P. Krishnakumar, senior vice president (VP) and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, at Dell told this new service.
The scheme has been introduced for those who feel the strain to make a down payment and prefer a no-interest option, Krishnakumar said.
The scheme has been introduces as a part of Dell’s PC initiative ‘Aarambh’. The initiative was started to help schools and particularly teachers understand PC technology and its use in education, Krishnakumar said.
‘Kissht’ is a digitally enabled platform operated by Onemi Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd that enables speedy and hassle free credit financing.
“Schools that have minimally used tech or have not, were our clear audience – reason being that these students will join tomorrow’s digital workforce,” the senior VP added. The goal is to empower students, teachers and parents with digital literacy, a crucial skill for every individual in this day and age.
HCL Foundation is also promoting smart learning solutions in its education initiatives undertaken in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). The company is providing curriculum based ICT content according to the syllabi for specific grades.
The foundation is encouraging the use of interactive boards as learning aid and providing inputs for writing and visual skills,” Navpreet Kaur, project director of ‘Samuday’ initiative told India CSR.
HCL Foundation’s education programme ‘Happy School’ runs under the umbrella of its ‘Samuday’ initiative where the foundation is working in rural areas of UP for social and economic development of the people. The foundation has partnered with the center and state government to work in the areas like education, agriculture, infrastructure and health & hygiene.
The Happy School is employing ICT-aided learning techniques loaded with video-based learning tools, Kaur said. This has enhanced the learning experience and bridged the gap between students with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, she added.
Kaur said that the foundation is also providing TagHive’s clicker based solution in government primary schools.