Digital Classrooms/Learn, Out of the Box is a Pratham initiative in partnership with the Vodafone Foundation, India, to enhance teaching and learning in low-income schools using technology as the prime teaching tool.
The project aims to bring a low-cost, digital learning solution to 1000 low-income schools across 12 states of India, reaching over 50,000 children.
Objectives of the programme
To enrich the lesson planning and in-class experiences of teachers.
To engage students by making learning fun.
To enhance students' classroom experiences by diversifying learning activities.
To improve student learning outcomes, both subject-specific and in a broader context.
Implementing the programme
The programme aims to achieve its objectives by:
Providing technology with curriculum-aligned learning content.
Conducting holistic trainings that enable teachers to integrate the technology into their classrooms.
Providing ongoing technical and lesson planning support to teachers.
The project aims to impact economically disadvantaged children by reaching English and Hindi medium government, government-aided, and NGO-run schools in rural, semi-urban and urban localities. The subjects affected are Math and Science for grades 6 and 7.
The WebBox, designed by the Vodafone Group, is essentially a Smartphone repackaged as a keyboard with a 600 MHz processor that runs on Android 2.1 OS. It includes AV cables that plug into a television, which is a part of the hardware package provided to schools. Additionally, it is Internet-enabled through a SIM card.
The WebBox is equipped with a learning application for the classroom that contains state curriculum-aligned digital content. This includes Concept Videos, In-Class Activities, Projects, Group Discussions, Games, Practice Questions, and Quizzes for assessment that are all stored directly on the WebBox and can be used by the teacher both in the classroom and during lesson planning.
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