Digital India – Breakthrough for innovative and effective teaching
The week kick started with the launch of Digital India Week. Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi has laid emphasis on National e- governance plan and gave its approval for Digital India – A programme to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy. The Government’s manifesto 2014 laid the foundation of how innovation, research and technology can transform India into a super-power by empowering, connecting and binding all stake holders.
As stated by the Prime Minister, it’s time from e-governance to m-governance(mobile governance). Currently India being the world’s second biggest market for mobile phones with various international and domestic models available at affordable prices from high to low suited for the Indian economy of all sectors, the next big thing is the connectivity access in terms of internet connectivity. The Government led by tech savvy Prime Minister and all his programmes launched is taking the form of digital records and effective digital implementation with e-governance mode, and it’s time to look how far the digital India helps in e-education.
E-Education – Boost with Digital India Concept:
Most of the population in India still lives in villages where they lack basic amenities to run a normal life where education is far away dream , more then all it’s about quality. The past government’s average spent on education so far has been merely just 3%, of the GDP. The budget plays a vital key role in uplifting the basic education access by using information technology. Use of virtual classrooms, massive open online courses and e-education in the local language can benefit large population and scale to improve the basic education standards. India has more internet users than English language speakers, as a result regional language keyboards are vital for deeper internet penetration.
In this regard, in 2010 the Spoken Tutorial project, an initiative of the “Talk to a Teacher” project of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology was launched by MHRD, Govt of India. It is about teaching and learning a particular FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) like Linux, Scilab, etc, via an easy video tool – Spoken Tutorials.
The project was designed by Prof Kannan M Moudgalya, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Systems and Control and Educational Technology at IIT Bombay.
The main appreciable point of the project is that with the help of IIT it has been taken up in nearly 13 regional languages helping the rural sector and English lacking participants to understand the course with the comfort of their mother tongue. So, far 828610 participants have been trained across India. Since its launch every year it’s been successful stories, leaping into high number of training and with the launch of digital India it may comparatively boost thrice a time says, Anushree Dharmadhikari, Training Coordinator- Karnataka, Spoken Tutorial Project, IIT Bombay.
The target group is the community at large, including school children, college students, working professionals, retired professionals, housewives, teachers, trainers, research scholars, software users and developers. They aim to reach out to all the people in India through this portal.
Sushma Balakrishna from Sri Chaitanya Techno School, Hebbal stated “The innovative technological learning is yet to completely cover all the schools across the metro cities, Sri Chaitanya Techno Schools keeps regularly upgrading for innovative technology mode of teaching and learning but comes at a high cost.”
More over with numerous corporate companies busy selling the e-learning content, the Spoken Tutorial Project is offered completely free, the spoken tutorial is typically 10 minutes long, created for self learning. By learning a few tutorials in a sequence, students can learn the entire subject and at the end participant/students are awarded the course completion certificate with a formal online examination . A team of IIT experts from Bombay are in standby to assist schools, college-teachers/students to take up the course content and use in their academic progress. For accessing spoken tutorial project all that one needs is an internet connection and a computer. One could also check the website: http://spoken-tutorial.org/.
The writer is Vinay Kumar, Environmental Researcher who writes on environmental,educational related article connected with latest technology and gadgets.