New Delhi – In line with the vision of the Draft National Education Policy, 2019 which proposes to improve pedagogy in school education system, HCL Foundation conducted a pilot in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh’s Basic Education Department in government schools in Hardoi district to measure learning outcomes through technological interventions.
The state-level workshop introduced a clicker-based device to 50 teachers from across the state to understand acceptance level for technology among the teachers and students.
HCL Foundation conducted another pilot where a sample test was conducted in five schools in Hardoi district where students participated in a quiz via clickers handed-over to each student.
After conducting both these exercises, it was found that with basic orientation the students and teachers were able to handle the device.
“Class Saathi can accelerate learning along with classroom engagement without any doubt if used with the correct pedagogical approach,” Navpreet Kaur, project director of the foundation’s Samuday initiative told this new service.
“It makes the teacher a more dynamic figure and increases the learning curve in a manner that fosters self-achievement and positive attitude just through a click,” she added.
The foundation is running an education programme – ‘Happy School’ under the umbrella of its Samuday initiative, where the foundation is working in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh 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 has been employing ICT-aided learning techniques loaded with video-based learning tools, Kaur, said.
TagHive, a South Korean company has designed Class Saathi – a personalised learning solution aimed at developing futuristic classrooms. “Class Saathi comes in 2 versions – for schools with and without PCs.” Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pankaj Agarwal told India CSR.
TagHive is a technology company which designs innovative digital solutions for kids by merging real and digital worlds for interactive learning experiences.
“Through functionalities like quiz, poll, vote, evaluation, learning can be made fun and engaging without the need for any major technological or infrastructural interventions,” he said.
“It is a playful device which engages teachers with students and offers interactive content and statistics to students,” the CEO said. The smart solution with interactive learning tools and teaching contents for the teachers in a mobile app, works through a clicker device, given to each student.
A variation of Class Saathi has already been launched in around 400 schools in Korea by TagHive, in partnership with the leading learning management provider, Agarwal said. The company plans an India launch in September, he added.
“Apart from this it develops skills such as response to stimulus and action time in response mechanism of children,” Kaur said adding that the psychomotor skills as well as critical thinking among children has been witnessed through the usage of clickers in classrooms.
“Technologies like clicker-based solutions have enabled creation of real time student’s databases that enables tracking of individual progress, which encourages teachers to identify learning objectives and differentiate instruction based on the needs of their students,” Kaur said.
“Moreover, teachers can design follow-up activities when using this technology to evaluate students’ learning,” she added.
Class Saathi provides immediate feedback to both students and their instructors, Agarwal said.
“With increased student teacher interaction in the classroom, students are more attentive and proactive in their response. Traditional teaching has limited classroom interactions,” he added.
Agarwal said that the cost of Class Saathi is competitive and industry best.