Radha is a class 8 student in a government school in UP. She hates going to school. Every morning she is literally dragged to the school by his mother. The reason she does not like going to school is because every day she is punished by his Math and Science teacher. Some days for not doing the homework, some days for taking too much time to finish a class exercise and on most days for not being able to answer the question which his teacher asks him during the class.
Should we assume that Radha is not interested in learning? Or maybe she is not working hard enough. Are we only going to blame Radha for his low scores in Math and Science? What if there is a loophole which is half-mend or unresolved in his academic tenure due to which Radha is lagging behind. We talk so much about the historical learning gaps in theory and studies, but how in a practical world, these can be bridged, no one brings that into focus. And as a result, millions of kids like Radha drop out of school sooner or later.
Maybe the child’s foundation of Math and Science from her previous classes was utterly weak. Maybe the child lost interest in these two subjects long before and there was no one who could ignite her interest back. The gap added up consecutively and then it became almost impossible to revive the lost knowledge that she probably never grasped. For a deeper understanding, let’s take another example. For instance, if the child has not understood what actually a triangle, quadrilateral or a rectangle is; how can she be expected to solve complex problems based on these concepts in her successive or higher classes. It becomes a situation that is out of reach and control. Either the student keeps failing or quits studies once and for all.
The point is what can be done to eliminate this phenomenon completely? How can we make sure that the child is learning with the strongest of foundation and grip on concepts? How can we get closest to a child’s psychology and facilitate him/her to learn exactly the way he/she wants to?
Many students in the rural sections of our country quit school as there comes a point of time when they fail to grasp the complexity of the concept or subject and finally lose keenness towards the same. Our education ecosystem is currently designed, it is not in a good position to help a child fill up the previous learning gaps. Also, there is no one to analyse a student’s mind-set and what he is going through while in a classroom-session. Blaming teachers or schools for not paying attention to every student separately will not suffice and solve the problem. We need to avoid the blame-game and come up with innovative solutions which will not only bring teachers and students together but also keep them connected even beyond school; make learning enjoyable for students and create a learning ecosystem where teachers are supported to give personalized guidance to each and every student.
Enter Educational Tablets
One of the primary challenges in the education set-up is the stipulated time-period which a child gets inside the classroom. It is the same for everyone. But is it fair enough to make our students be bound to time? Shouldn’t they be allowed to create their individual patterns of learning which is independent of the amount of time it takes to build mastery? Educational Tablets can play a vital role in enabling students & teachers to bridge historical learning gaps.
Let us see how.
Listing down few ways in which Educational Tablets can turn the way around:
Achieve mastery level
Let us take a real world analogy to understand this well. How much time do you think one should take to bake a cake? Rita might take upto 20 to 30 minutes and Gita may need 40 to 50 mins; it would totally vary. The end result should be a tasty and yummy cake! Isn’t it?!! Similarly, how do you then expect all children to master every topic they are learning within a stipulated time? Do they not deserve a chance to walk the learning path at their own pace.
Educational Tablets completely turn over the idea of achieving mastery level. When we learn a topic, we generally concentrate on the time period within which it can be completed. But seldom do we think that it has to be accomplished with a level of mastery and strong base.
We forget that learning it perfectly is more important than learning it within the timeline. Learning Tablets create that space and opportunity. With these learning devices students can avail topic-wise assessments with instant feedback. They can appear for the tests again and again till the time they achieve 100% mastery on the topic. Not only this, but also the entire process would be fun answering the MCQs one by one.
Apart from tests, students can also watch video lessons for as long as a child wants until he believes he has built a complete understanding of the topic. Teachers too can keep a track on these assessments and guide the students carefully either by retaking the assessments or assigning some personalized assessments from their end. This way students can learn a topic in and out.
Multimedia Fun Content
While a touch based device will naturally excite students to use the tablets, the kind of content we provide on these tablets can go a long way in determining whether students would be able to connect using tablets with their learning and life growth. If we can establish this connection, we can ensure that students are proactively excited to use the devices to learn.
A very natural fact is that each child is unique. While Radha may like to learn by watching videos, his friend Shyam may like to learn by reading. How can the same solution address each of their learning needs uniquely? This puzzle needs to be solved. Otherwise merely distributing tablets to government school students would end being just another PR exercise.
At iDream, we have used years of our research in content to build a learning platform that enables us to deliver multiple categories of digital content in a single view on the tablet. This enables students to learn as per their interest. They can choose to learn by watching animated video lessons, by creating their own experiments from the project videos, by reading books from the digital book library or by Practicing and taking tests – all on the same device. Besides, this also supports them to create their own unique learning paths.
So, if two children Raju and Shyam have to master Newton’s third law of motion, Raju may start from watching a video 2 times and then moving onto practice. Shyam on the other hand may feel confident of what his teacher taught him and may straightaway jump to Practice. After answering a few questions, he may realise his lack of understanding and may then go on to read the chapter from his book. While the objective was that both Raju and Shyam should master the topic, they both chose their unique path based on their interest.
More power to teachers
Educational Tablets have a central dashboard reporting where student reports can be viewed whenever required. Teachers can review these and follow the learning pattern of the students. Accordingly, teachers can pay personalized attention to every student leaving no student lagging. If this is followed diligently, it creates a genuine opportunity for teachers and students to work on bridging the historical learning gaps.
Minimum dependency on the internet
Remember, we talked about the difficulty in imparting education in our rural sections due to lack of infrastructure. Educational Tablets can solve the issue to a great extent. These tablets have content saved on SD cards, thus the entire content is available offline.
Hence, there is almost no dependency on the internet and even our children in rural schools can use them conveniently and enjoy uninterrupted learning.
Moreover, in the post covid world, the same tablets can be used to offer the best of both online and offline world to the child. So, the students attend online classes from the same devices with their teachers and then look at the content offline on their tablets, the reports of which reaches the teachers thereby completing the loop
Learning at home in the times of a pandemic
Learning tablets can be considered a full-fledged learning system at home in the times when everything is under a lockdown and uncertainty of schools re-opening. Parents and teachers can take this up seriously and encourage students to use tablets so as to avoid gaps and discontinued curriculum. Teachers can also use this to stay connected with the students and assign regular tasks and keep the momentum going.
Well, the objective is not only to have a holistic approach but also;
- To develop a system where if a child is unable to grasp a concept is not tagged as a ‘Ç’ grader. Rather he/she is motivated to keep attempting the concept till the time he/she has mastered it well and feels absolutely confident of it.
- To always look for answers; i.e. if a child is stuck, we need to genuinely find the reasons behind it. The idea is to act against all odds and to stop anywhere whatsoever.
- To continue to make learning enjoyable in a way that our students inculcate the habit of consistency and perfection.
To know more about the capabilities and personalized solutions of Educational Tablets; get connected with iDream Education.