Virtual/Smart Classrooms at Residential Tribal Schools

The 'Virtual/Smart Classrooms at Residential Tribal Schools' project sought to build 28 ‘Smart Classrooms’ in two schools - at Gram Vikas Shiksha Niketan, Thuamul Rampur and Gram Vikas Residential School, Kankia - in Kalahandi district, Odisha. It supplemented the facilities and competencies created during the first two years of the project.

The project aimed to use technology to deliver knowledge resources to students in remote, tribal areas and enhance the quality of pedagogy in STEM subjects.

REACH

870 students, 34 teachers

REGION

Kalahandi in Odisha

PROJECT STATUS

Completed

TIMELINE

April 2017 to March 2018

BUDGET

INR 51.15 lakh

PARTNERS

Oracle Giving through Charities Aid Foundation India

ACTIVITIES

  • Providing desktop and overhead projection systems for 28 classrooms in the two schools
  • Installing Smart Classroom facilities in 12 classrooms of Thuamul Rampur and 16 classrooms of Kankia school
  • Supporting 34 teachers in two schools, by an Education Technology Specialist, to familiarise them with Microsoft Office suites and multimedia facilities
  • Training 26 teachers in the use of Audio-Visual aids in executing lesson plans
  • Handholding of students, by teachers along with Education Technology Specialist, to use Audio-Visual aids and Microsoft Office suites  
  • Ongoing collection of e-learning materials to enhance teaching-learning outcomes

RESULTS

  • All teachers of the two schools prepared their lesson plans using Microsoft Office suites.
  • Teachers executed lesson plans with the help of Audio-Visual aids in Smart Classrooms.
  • Students used ICT facility for their group exercises and homework assignments. They made powerpoint presentations for different lessons in the classrooms and to showcase their work at inter-school competitions, without any inhibitions.
  • Use of e-learning materials became demand driven by teachers asking for specific e-learning materials based on their syllabus requirements and student interest.
  • Installation of ICT facilities opened up discussions on improving the teaching-learning environment inside the classrooms. Teachers were willing to re-examine their pedagogic methods and materials for greater learning effectiveness.
  • Access to a wider repertoire of information and knowledge created the potential for greater choice in future endeavours of students.