If we continue teach the current generation of students the same way we studied and learnt lessons in school and college, then we are doing a great disservice to them!
Consider the scenario today and the scenario about 15 years back to see the vast changes that we see in society and lifestyles. From an era when a mobile phone was a luxury to when the mobile phone is a bare necessity; things have taken a quantum leap. Today the pressure to succeed and excel at anything and everything is ingrained right from childhood. Children as young as five years of age are put into competitive sports and performance arts like dance and music and every parent wants their child to come first. Youngsters are under immense pressure from their family, teachers and peers to excel.
The pressure on schools and colleges is also at an all-time high. With the explosion of schools and colleges across the country; academicians seek to figure out methods to attract students to their institutions. In a competitive education sector, how does one institution differentiate itself from the other? Or, what is it that draws parents in huge numbers to specific schools and colleges only, when numerous academic institutions exist in a given geographical location?
Some of the key factors that parents consider when admitting their children to a school include:
- Transportation facilities
- Quality of teaching
- Infrastructure – lab, classrooms, library, play-area, water supply, sanitation, etc.
- Extra-curricular activities
- Parent-Teacher Association and its strengths
- Coaching for higher education
- Scholarships for meritorious students
In addition to all these points, the past few years have seen the rise of ‘Smart Classes’ or technology-enabled classrooms. People need to remember that, a computer lab or a set of CDs and workbooks do not make schools completely technology enabled.
A genuine – edu-tech learning solution should allow institutions to pick what they choose to prescribe to their students, comprehensive learning resources, offer customization, end-to-end support, real-time analytics and the ease of upgrading to a larger user-base.
India Grid for Learning offers institutions in India, the country’s first single sign-on educational marketplace with Identity Access Management. The digital learning platform allows institutions to sign up for the service and grants users access to a Premium Learning library with over two million pieces of unique content covering a wide spectrum of learning topics.
Today technology is powering classrooms around the world. Access to free learning resources helps students learn faster. Premium learning content in the form of apps and videos is redefining academic goals for students as they are able to connect with teachers and students from all around the world to share their experiences and learn from them. Institutions can no longer ignore the use of technology in the modern classroom! It is important for teachers as well as institutions to adapt and move with the times to innovate and keep their students engaged and inspired to learn and excel in studies.
In addition to IGfL, you can offer students at teachers a unique learning experience using the following apps.
Learning to speak languages with ease is a basic skill. Learning a language like French, Mandarin, Japanese or German in addition to English is an added advantage for young minds. uTalk offers students the chance to pick from over 130 languages and learn to speak the language through a local language. The process is simplified through games and fun-tasks involving memory-power and listening skills. You can even just choose to learn to speak English by using a regional Indian language like Tamil or Hindi.
DIYA stands for ‘Do-it-Yourself-App’. Today, project-based learning is an integral part of the academic framework and it is important for the curiosity of young minds to develop for them to appreciate the power of knowledge. In most cases, parents and students hurriedly put together something based on quickly available resources and this defeats the whole purpose of the academic project.
What DIYA does is to curate user-generated video-content of DIY-projects, school-science-projects and interesting art and craft videos that can be used as a reference point for students. Students can also shoot videos of the projects that they are working on and upload on to DIYA and win redeemable reward points for their videos.
DIYA is designed to work as an integrated video-based edutainment ecosystem that will offer students, parents and teachers a one-stop resource for user-generated academic project videos and also allow like-minded users to network and collaborate on projects. The big advantage is that DIYA is completely FREE to use and you can download it right away!
One of the key challenges that teachers face today is to keep their students engaged as attention span averages are dropping. A study conducted in the USA shows that in 1990 the average attention span was about 14 minutes, this dropped to about seven minutes in 2000 and by 2010 it was at about 4 minutes. So, it is of paramount importance of a teacher to not just read out from the text-book or work out Maths problems on the blackboard. Teachers need to innovate and narrate stories. It is a proven fact that story-telling improves retention of learning and holds the interest of listeners.
Plotagon Education gives teachers a simple app that allows them to convert lessons into fun-filled animated stories. With pre-defined templates, characters, text-to-speech and voice-over capabilities, Plotagon helps teachers create compelling animated stories, which they share with their students to help explain lessons with ease. Simplify learning and teaching with powerful and well-designed animated stories using Plotagon. This is not just restricted to teachers, but even students can use Plotagon to create animated stories of their own to make learning a fun-filled experience.
Teachers spend a major chunk of their time grading examination papers and assignments and this can take quite a toll on them. What Revisely does is that it moves the entire assignment grading system online and allows teachers to cross-check if the content submitted has been plagiarised or if duplicates exist within a repository of assignments submitted earlier.
The tool supports teachers during the entire process of setting, correcting and giving feedback on assignments. Revisely removes the pain out of the chore of grading assignments and allows teachers to focus on teaching and helping students achieve their academic goals.
Learnium is a social network for learning and teaching designed to improve the student experience. Teachers can create specific learning groups for their students and post assignments, give feedback and collaborate securely. Learnium truly empowers teachers to focus on learning without boundaries and helps connect them with their students with ease.
To deploy India Grid for Learning, or any of the above-mentioned apps at your institution please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!