Educational Initiatives believes in making a difference in education through personalised learning and ensuring that students learn with understanding. All of EI’s products are developed by keeping children at the centre of the teaching-learning process, says Srini Raghavan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Educational Initiatives, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
How is Educational Initiatives (EI) making a difference in education landscape through its products and methodologies?
Developed with the vision of helping children learn with understanding, EI’s products are backed by meaningful insights derived from years of data-driven research and questioning.
In the private school space, EI’s products help children learn through diagnostic assessments and personalised learning solutions. Through ASSET Talent Search and ASSET Summer Programme, EI’s products also help students reach their full potential academically. In the Government school space as well, EI’s LSEP team is working relentlessly towards providing quality assessments and learning solutions to students.
Students are always at the core of teaching-learning processes, how do EI products make the teaching-learning process fun and more effective?
All of EI’s products are developed by keeping children at the centre of the teaching-learning process. Our math and language learning product Mindspark uses data-driven adaptive algorithm to personalise the learning process for each child. It also identifies behavioural traits of a child, and incorporates rewards and games with the regular lessons to maximise their learning outcomes. For the work that we have done with Mindspark over the last eight years, our technological and pedagogical approach has been applauded by leading institutions around the world such as Harvard, Stanford and The Economist.
Moreover, our assessment products ASSET and Detailed Assessment are low-stake and are therefore not perceived as an additional burden on students.
Teachers play an important role in the teaching-learning process, how the products offered by Educational Initiatives help teachers to improve the learning process for their students?
EI’s products help teachers better the teaching-learning process in two ways – first through assessments and student performance data, and second through capacity building workshops.
As far as assessments and student data is concerned, ASSET, Detailed Assessment and Minsdspark all provide meaningful insights to teachers about the performance of each student and the class as a whole. It helps teachers effectively plan remediation sessions which are most needed for the students in their class. We also empower the teaching community with pedagogical tools, including teacher worksheets – a step-by-step guide to teach a topic and Enhancement of Teacher Assessment Skills (ETAS) that helps raise the level of assessment competency amongst teachers.
For capacity building, Skillfest, our teacher training festival helps the teaching community learn, practice, engage and network with other like-minded education professionals, thereby enhancing their knowledge and updating their skills at par with the best in the world. We also conduct tailor-made capacity building workshops for government school teachers, that enables and empowers them to device customised learning foe their students.
Describe the services you offer to parents and how they are helping the children attempt their school exams in a better manner?
Our products come with detailed student reports to help parents understand their child’s performance in detail. We also conduct several post ASSET seminars for parents and teachers in schools to help them understand the nuances of the report in greater detail.
We also have a Parent Connect app, which helps parents track their child’s learning path on our platforms. It provides them with all the data and insights on the topics covered, questions practiced and concepts students have learnt.
What is your mission and vision for upcoming years?
Our work is aligned with our core vision of helping children learn with understanding. Our mission drives to enhance our products and solutions to become technically more robust and pedagogically stronger. We are working on the data that we have accumulated in last 16 years and are using latest tools and techniques in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to customise learning trends for each and every child. It will help the children in achieving their learning goals. We are also taking aggressive steps to expand internationally including USA, Middle East and South East Asia.
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