The evolution of technology digitized traditional activities to a great extent making them available to everyone. One of them is digital learning. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic situation, digital learning has become an inevitable option for continuing education across the world. The implementation and usage of technology for digital learning is a costly affair.
To tackle this challenge, Brillio Technologies in collaboration with SRF Foundation operates its ‘Digital Based Learning Program’ addressing the lack of digital labs and integrated digital based learning through Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) based State Government curriculum for students under its CSR initiative in Bengaluru.
The program was launched in April 2017 to address the non-availability of digital labs in Government Schools and boosting the integrated digital-based learning through Communicative Language Teaching Design State Government Curriculum across 40 government schools in Bengaluru South – 4, K. R. Puram impacting 7,033 students and 344 teachers. The program aims to enhance grade-appropriate digital content knowledge, bridge digital divide, foster digital citizenship, improve teaching-learning and help connect with the world outside.
As the pandemic impacted every aspect of livelihood, students and teachers were supported by Brillio Technologies and SRF Foundation through the Parents-Teachers WhatsApp groups for 40 government schools. Through this curriculum based interactive online classes, primary school students and 10th grade students were facilitated by teachers where science experiments were demonstrated using free educational apps like Meghashala, DIKSHA, Geogebra, PhET simulations, Robo compass, textbook pdfs, presentations, YouTube videos. Other initiatives like Thank God Its Friday (TGIF) Brillio Volunteering sessions, Brillio Master Maker and Miss Maker Weekly theme-based competitions, Sharing of Curriculum based class wise videos, Phone Mentoring, celebration of Children’s Day, Kannada Rajyotsava, National Science Day, International Women’s Day, Brillio Volunteers guest sessions and Scratch Programming sessions were conducted to keep the students engaged. In F.Y. 2020-21, Brillio Digital Online Engagement has successfully reached out to 948 students and 78 teachers.
To make education accessible during pandemic, Brillio and SRF Foundation designed Brillio Tab Based Learning Program which provided 65 tablet computers to 9th and 10th grade students with offline content. Through this program regular classroom teaching was activated through online mode with continued subject-wise teaching.
In the year 2020-21, this program has alleviated 10 new schools by setting up digital equipment for better learning outcomes. With all the new resources in place, 78 school teachers were imparted with training so that the digital equipment is utilized to their fullest potential.
To engage students more effectively, the program also launched initiatives such as the ‘Brillio Master Maker & Miss Maker’ Competition where students were encouraged to make innovations at home during the pandemic. It also fortified the concept of STEM from home where weekly themes were delegated every week for students to work on and enhance science and mathematics concepts through a hands-on approach. Various themes have been covered such as making low-cost science models and experiments, low-cost homemade mask making, COVID—19 poster making, origami and curriculum-based art & craft, 3R’s project, science and tech quiz competitions, Just A Minute (JAM), celebration of special days, Home Gardening, Out of Box Thinking, Kannada Rajyotsava, Mathematicians, Chemistry in our daily life, life skills sessions and so on. The success of the program can be measured through 2100 approx. models that have been created by the students.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic situation, digital learning has become an inevitable option for continuing education across the world. In the past year, a total of 7,033 students have been reached out digitally.
Education is one of the most powerful weapons that can change the world. Thus, it is important to make education less expensive and more accessible to everyone in order to build brilliant minds. Installing and providing such customized smart devices and access to free learning platforms cuts the costs of paid learning platforms and high-cost smart devices, the Brillio Digital and Tab Based Program is making digital learning easily accessible.