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Shankar Iyer,
BDM-Education, Microsoft

There exists an immense opportunity for providing skill-based education through the use of cutting edge technological systems

Employment of latest technology tools has become a sine qua non for the the education sector, especially in the wake of growing  technological literacy in the nation. ICT is a great enabler; it leads to vast improvements in the quality of the education being provided by an educational institution, whether private or government. Twitter is redefining the way we communicate, tablets are redefining the way we read, and the internet, well, it has radically transformed just about everything.
Sometimes students can get distracted by the temptations of the digital world. Now the teachers can help them stay on course through our SMART programme. The SMART programme allows teachers to choose which websites and applications the students must have access to, and if you need to get everyone’s attention, you can lock all the student computer screens with the push of a button. With this programme, you can organise small groups of students and guide them through the process of collaborative education. With this software, it’s easy to promote learning at the level of an individual, a small-group and even the entire class.
Today, education in the developing world faces the acute challenge of keeping more children enrolled in school, while simultaneously ensuring that there is improvement in learning outcomes. The bottom line is that today there exists an immense opportunity for providing skills based education through the use of cutting edge technological systems.

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