To promote learning through fun, South Delhi Municipal Corporation has planned to install 50 playstations in its primary schools.
The project has been commissioned on a pilot basis, and depending on the response of the system, all 581 SDMC-run schools may get playsations. One station has already been installed at an SDMC School in Malviya Nagar.
The school syllabus/chapters are loaded in the machine. “We have dedicated one period for each class to use the station. The students feel excited to use the colourful device for solving mathematical puzzles, learning English lessons in interesting ways. Later when students read the same chapters in their school books, it becomes easy for them to understand it,” said a senior official from education department.
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These playstations are financed by Rotary International, while the concept has been developed by the NIIT, an SDMC official said. Students can operate the device alone, without the assistance of a teacher and will get first-hand experience of the digital world.
“Though we have the provision for computers in schools, the playstations excite students more because they resemble gaming equipment available in markets,” added the official.
However, teachers say that the number of playstations installed in a school will not be enough. “With only one or two playstations installed in a school, it would be difficult for all students to use them in one period, given the fact that there are 40 students enrolled in each class,” said a teacher.
South Corporation has been using innovative tools and learning techniques from time to time to help children in its schools to improve their learning standards.
“We have opened science clubs in 100 schools — 25 in each ward in 2016-17.The project is exciting children as they learn the concept of science through fun. In 2017-18, we are targeting to open such science clubs in each school,” said Puneet Goel, commissioner, SDMC.
The civic agency has also introduced the concept of LED screen-aided smart classes in four schools in 2016 and based on the response received from these schools in 2016-17, 104 more schools will get smart classes.
Similarly, the concept of School Quality Enhancement Programme was introduced under which an attempt was made to increase the number of students in schools. Twelve schools, with the help of NGO and registered societies, were chosen in 2016-17 under the programme. In 2017-18 this programme will run in 25 schools.
How will it help the students?
1. Students are able to use the device alone, without the presence of a teacher
2. It will promote self learning among students
3. Students with get first-hand experience of the digital world
4. It will help the students to become tech-savvy
5. It will bridge the gap between theory and practical concept
6. Games related to all the subjects are present in the system
7. Maxims of teaching — ‘learning by doing’ are truly fulfilled
8. Helpful in all round development of students