Shattering Barriers in Education With ICT
January 2009

Shattering Barriers in Education With ICT

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Sudiksha Learning Dimensions was founded in 2002 with the mission of offering innovative learning solutions using ICT and other tools. It offers end-to-end e-Learning services for enterprises, NGOs and educational institutes. 
 
As an ecosystem alliance partner with Intel for its Classmate PC solution, Sudiksha is now announcing a path breaking new offering, the e-SchoolNetwork Program (eSN).   
 
The eSN idea emerged when Sudiksha's academic and pedagogy team observed children learn in different schools. They also interviewed many adults who were able to solve advanced problems in school curriculum even decades after completing their schooling. When probed, these adults could visually recall the exact learning interaction when a particular concept was thought in great detail. (In one case, this included a memory that the teacher had dyed her hair on that day!) All this validated what they had learnt about pedagogy and effective teaching. Some of the key factors noted were:  

  1. The clarity of concept is a function of the level of engagement of the student at the time of learning the concept. For example, a child who acted in a play about Emperor Ashoka demonstrated great confidence in dates, acts and events related to the same topic. 
  2.  A strong foundation in the primary or middle school level facilitates the ability of a child to build upon the concept in the later years. For example, if a child had internalised the process of skip counting well, then in the 2nd grade, concepts like multiplication tables and reading time on a clock become relatively simple.

    On the other hand, if a child had difficulty in visualising skip counting in the first place, then learning tables by rote or trying to learn by heart what the various positions of the hands of a clock mean can become a nightmare.

  3.  Concept clarity in the early years ensures long-term retention and accelerated learning.

For example, when asked, 'What is respiration?' The most common answer across age groups is, 'Breathing in and Breathing out.'  It takes a lot of sweat and toil for high school Biology teachers to correct this view of respiration!

These points May sound very familiar but unfortunately, many children, parents and teachers are grappling with school level education. Not even a rank holder would claim that getting through school exams is child's play!  
 
Coming to our education system, it is indeed very difficult for a single human to address the learning needs of different children in the same class. With student-teacher ratio ranging from 20 to 60, in any modern day school, millions of little knowledge gaps slip through the chinks in the system. Models like Differentiated Classrooms and 1-on-1 learning have evolved to fill these gaps in traditional education. 

The eSchool Network Program is designed using a unique collaborative design approach. This approach involves a team of diverse stakeholders including, Education Psychologists, Special Educators, Teachers, Theatre Professionals, New Media Experts and most importantly Children. The design process is aimed at creating academically sound products, which elicit voluntary and happy learner engagement.

The eSN will constantly evolve under the vigil of its stakeholders.  Users can access paid and free services on this portal. The Intel powered CMPC is a great way for children to use eSN features. In collaboration with Intel, Sudiksha plans to facilitate implementation of CMPC based Differentiated Classroom and hand hold teachers.

ICT has unquestionably improved the quality of our lives in many ways. We connect, communicate and collaborate in our personal and professional lives. Education cannot be far behind!

For more information contact info@sudikshaindia.com

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