Multimedia Content For K-12 | digitalLEARNING Magazine
August 2012

Multimedia Content For K-12

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Learning Gets Extra

Implementing Agency
Extramarks Education Pvt Ltd

Website
www.extramarks.com

Extramarks is working with 1300 plus schools and 4500 plus classes across India. The company is assisting them in integrating world-class technologies in education. Smart Learn Class (SLC) programme can make a regular classroom into a technology-enabled classroom by equipping it with the requisite hardware and learning software devised by education experts for class Kg to XII.

Objective
• To empower the students and teachers to step in with the latest technology
• Help teachers to turn into learning leaders

Achievements
The content is available in many different languages

Target Group: Students and teachers

Challenges: It was a challenge to create awareness amongst the teachers, students and parents. Our team worked with all the stakeholders, we participated in PTAs, were in various workshops, we attended society meets, conducted intensive seminars to spread awareness on digital learning. Making teachers were not quite comfortable with adapting the programme in their everyday teaching process was a challenge. Regular training programmes for teachers had to be conducted.



Digital Teaching Aids

Implementing Agency
Mexus Education Pvt Ltd

Website
www.mexuseducation.com

Iken School Eco-system is a project conceived by Mexus Education to offer schools digital teaching aids that will enhance the prospects for student engagement while also helping teachers to provide personalised attention to each and every student. Digital aids promote engagement and bring about clarity in understanding concepts through tools like mind-maps, animations, real-time movies, presentations, worksheets and case studies.

Objective
Analyse various data sets to streamline information and determine performance of the company

Achievements

• Around 650 schools across India have adopted Iken School Eco-System
• There has been significant improvement in school’s performance

Target Group: Educational Institutions catering to the K-12 segment

Challenges: The developmental challenges that we faced include the likes of R&D costs, building of relevant platforms, and also the creation of content as per the requirements of the board and publisher. A comprehensive training programme for teachers had to be evolved so that the teachers became comfortable with our content. The objective was to make teachers confident enough to use the solution in their classrooms. The needs regarding localised content had also to be kept in mind. Talk shows had to be hosted at regional levels.



Effective Teaching Solutions

Implementing Agency
Next Education India Pvt Ltd

Website

www.nexteducation.in

TeachNext is a premium product from Next Education. While technology is at the heart of Next Education, its prime focus is to create superior content and offer the best possible learning and teaching experience. The system encompasses more than 20,000 learning modules that account for more than 1,000 hours of classroom teaching in the K-12 segment.

Objective
To implement the best teaching solutions in schools

Achievements
• Bagged the “Best Digital Multimedia Content – K-12 Segment” award at the India eLearning Summit 2011
• Designed mapped content for CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and 23 state boards in eight different languages
• 4000+ schools have already adopted this solution

Target Group: Schools and colleges

Challenges: The most major challenges that we faced were infrastructure related. At times classrooms lack basic facilities like proper electric fittings. One needs to recruit a large team of Technical Service Engineers to handle the workload of installations and implementations. Teacher training was a challenge due to logistical issues of schools, with respect to exams, weekends etc. Therefore, a flexible teacher training programme was built to address training in small batches. We also had to develop a complete CCE framework using research that was completely in house.



e-Learning to Understand Better

Implementing Agency
Sify Software Ltd,  Youno Education

Website
www.sifysoftware.com

Augmented reality systems superimpose graphics for every perspective and adjust to every movement of the user’s head and eyes. Sify e-learning has been working for last two years, with its Chinese partner ‘Youno,’ for delivering augmented reality solutions to schools in China. This ‘Contextual & Exploratory Learning’ solution helps students to understand difficult concepts of Physics, Geography, Chemistry and Biology.

Objective
The students’ knowledge retention and assimilation is much higher compared to only text book images and classroom teaching

Achievements
Effective ‘knowledge assimilation,’ which was initially identified as one of key knowledge gaps for the students, was resolved with the deployment of the AR solution

Target Group: 8th Grade School Students of China

Challenges: Affordability of tablets to all students was an issue; this was overcome by the installation of kiosks across the school, where every student can use tablets freely. Learning curve of students in terms of performing activities was initially steep, and this was resolved by adding appropriate instructions at every step in each activity. Initially there was a challenge of individual installation of the application on various kiosks separately, so we went for a web-based approach where the application was installed on the intranet server of the school.

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