Pranab K Bose, Managing Director, Waterford Institute India, shares how Waterford Early Learning is empowering both the teachers and the students
Please tell us about your digital lab solutions.
Our comprehensive early learning suite, Waterford Early Learning, comprises of Waterford Early Reading and Waterford Early Maths and Science programmes, which includes English language, Math and Science curricula; early literacy assessment; and innovative teacher tools that provide a richer learning experience that inspires and empowers both the children and educators alike.
How do the programmes help learners?
Waterford Early Reading Programme provides a complete digital language arts programme that has created dramatic results for young learners across the country. Systematic and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, text comprehension, vocabulary, print concepts, readiness skills, writing, and oral fluency provide a comprehensive foundation for English language learning.
Waterford Early Math and Science Programme provides a comprehensive early Math programme with instructions in the five big ideas of early Math: numbers and operations, geometry, algebra, measurement, and data analysis. The programme also emphasises exploration and the scientific method through an integrated science curriculum that covers earth, life, and physical science.
Please tell us about the benefits that the programme offers to the students.
Because Waterford Early Learning assumes no background knowledge and automatically individualises instruction, it has been proven to help a wide range of students to achieve academic success, including: Preschool through grade 2, response to Intervention differentiated tiers, English language learners, at-risk students, advanced students, and special education (IEP) students
Please shed light on your tie-up with academic institutions to extend the reach of the programme.
Yes, institutes and schools including the Aga Khan Education, Sujaya Foundation, Children’s Academy, Chennai Public School, Gudecha Academy, Chitkara International, Sneh International, Hills Nursery, and Klay Schools are using the programme.
Please tell us about the infrastructure required to set up a digital lab.
Typically, a digital lab includes a networked lab with a central server and client nodes (as per the requirement of the school) complete with microphones, and headphones etc. The application software and media (content repository) would reside on the server and the student application software in the client nodes.
Please share with us your future plans.
The next version of our programme, which is slated to be released this year, would involve the application server residing in the Cloud. This will result in reduced cost of acquisition for the customer.