It’s once again that time of the year when preparations of a fresh academic year are in full swing. The summer vacations are mid-way through and there are still some parents across the country looking to place their children in a different school for a better quality of education and all round development. The past five years have seen the rise of the ‘Smart School’ Syndrome! Schools compete with one another by adding fancy titles and descriptions in their advertising material. Sample some examples that I quote below from newspapers, magazine adverts and inserts in the daily newspapers:
• Fully digital classrooms
• Smart-tech classes
• Dedicated language and math labs
• International learning software
• Intelli-kids tech-enabled learning
These are generic descriptions, a vast majority of schools list actual product names in their promotional material. Be it HCL, EduComp or Tata Learning; every major school claims to run some form of digital learning solution that seeks to set apart their school from other ones. Parents also easily believe that this is a great differentiator and are ready to shell out big money!
Here are some things that parents need to keep in mind:
• A computer lab in a school does not mean it is a smart classroom.
• One room with a projector and some DVDs that are played do not make it a smart classroom.
• Some android apps on a budget tablet for an entire classroom do not make it a smart classroom.
• A smart classroom should add value to what children learn and not just be an advertising gimmick.
A smart classroom:
• Should offer seamless connectivity to students and teachers.
• All learners should have access to their own learning devices.
• Alternatively, the devices remain a property of the school and students access them.
• Learners and teachers should be able to access learning resources with ease.
• The training modules should have a good mix of eLearning, Animated Videos and Interactive Assignments.
• In-built Analytics should allow teachers and IT administrators to track the progress of students.
Bridging the Challenges with an Efficient LMS
Without doubt ‘Moodle’ remains the most popular LMS of choice for educational institutions across India. Flexibility, ease of use and no additional licensing fee makes Moodle popular and from IITs to Polytechnic Institutes; Moodle leads the LMS race in the education sector in India. Today the challenge has become multi-fold; when leading companies come out with their own edu-tech products they seek to push it out on an LMS of their own and the solution may not necessarily be compatible with Moodle. Plus more and more solutions are being pushed out as a packaged learning solution without room for updates that support upgraded/revised syllabus. These are all challenges that a school has to play around with when deciding to opt for an LMS or an edu-tech solution. Schools seek an effective solution that would not be too expensive for them to run and may not involve too much of training and hand-holding for their existing staff.
The key remains that you may have various free and paid LMS solutions available; but you would still need high-quality learning content that you can deploy on the LMS with ease. Here is where a lot of schools are missing out – in finding the right balance between a good LMS and ideal learning content!
The IGfL Advantage
India Grid for Learning (IGfL) is India’s first Single Sign On (SSO) and Identity Access Management (IAM), cloud based educational marketplace, offering students, teachers, educational institutions, a platform to choose, try and buy technology resources, content libraries and build digital infrastructure that enables classroom productivity, improves learning outcomes, and increases efficient IT administration. India Grid for Learning is designed to initiate curiosity, allow students to experience, understand, do and learn. With a wide selection of learning resources in the form of e-books, animated videos, interactive eLearning content and over two million pieces of curated and federated content. Resources focusing on value-based learning, critical thinking, communication skills and personality development are built into the IGfL platform.
India Grid for Learning works as an integrated and unified learning platform offering a wide variety of learning resources. The advantage of the platform is that schools can choose from a given list of more than 300 resources/connectors that would work best for their students. The list of resources covers areas as diverse as – English Grammar, Communication Skills, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French, dedicated learning resources for teachers and much more. If your institution has a 1 MBPS dedicated broadband line it is more than sufficient to run the IGfL platform with ease. The platform runs on the ‘cloud’ and is completely secure. We help train your IT Administrators and ensure that IGfL works seamlessly at your institution.
The future will see tablet devices replacing bulky textbooks and notebooks for different subjects. Tests will be conducted online, coding and programming will become an essential subject of its own with classes in computing starting even when the child is just five years old. We are looking at a connected ecosystem that keep parents, children and teachers connected in a loop, reminding them of tests, assignments, leave-updates, performance monitoring and guided support.
We believe that IGfL addresses the challenge of finding a refined and efficient digital learning solution for your institution. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for details on how you can effectively deploy IGfL at your institution.