Smart classes soon in city govt schools

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2015 12:43 IST

In yet another effort to take the teaching and learning beyond classrooms and textbooks in city government schools, the UT education department is planning to collaborate with a private company. The company would offer digital learning solutions for children of classes 1 to 12.

With this collaboration, understanding subjects like science, mathematics, geography or history will only be a touch away. Digital learning would not only offer them interactive boards but interactive content as well. Such content would be available for each of the NCERT-based books, in audio and video form.

As per the plan, digital boards would be installed as a pilot project at government model senior secondary school (GMSSS), Sector 10. Feedback would be sought from teachers, after which, the project would be extended to other schools as well. According to officials, around 600 classrooms would be digitised under the project.

DPI (schools) Kamlesh Kumar said, “It is a huge project, and we are on the final stage of scrutinising the technical specifications. We have formed various committees to check the content to find out whether it matches with NCERT books and has appropriate details according to the age of the student. Committees have scrutinised the technical specifications, including the sound and visual quality. We would soon install the equipment in the classrooms.”

Besides this, there will be active learning in the classrooms through animations and audio lectures. During the free lectures, students will be able to enjoy educational games on the board and could even practice the diagrams.

Principal of GMSSS-10 Harbir Singh Anand appreciated the efforts made by the department. “Students studying in UT government schools are lucky as they are getting the best possible facilities. This project would raise the level of education in the city which would definitely reflect in the academic results,” he said.

A few school heads, however, have criticised the department for not focusing on upgrading the infrastructure in the periphery schools. “This project is going to benefit the schools in the city already rich in infrastructure. This will not work in periphery schools,” said a school principal.

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