Technology changing the face of classrooms forever seemed a distant dream till recently. Not anymore! With the launch of the Smart Assessment System (SAS) at the recently concluded Digital Learning India Conference 2006, the classrooms as we know them today may soon become a distant reality.
A unique e-learning tool, SAS allows for instant assessment of students by the teachers in a classroom. Launched for the first time in India by Educomp, this software consists of crucial components including the software, a teacher’s training guide, infra-red receivers and wireless hand-held devices.
These enable teachers to create multiple choice questions related to their course content and also display these to the class through a plasma screen. At the same time, it equips students with a device to enable them to click on the right answer.
At the end of each test, responses are instantly registered by SAS, giving detailed feedback on every student. “This tool, apart from offering spontaneous results, can also monitor a student’s performance throughout the year and evaluate the class average,” said Shray Sharma, Class XII, Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura, who checked out SAS at the conference.
SAS might just prove to be a boon for the teachers. In a typical class that lasts for around 30-45 minutes, it becomes difficult for a teacher to assess each student individually.
“Also in a class that consists of students that have different learning levels, gauging who learnt how much is not quite possible. That is why we have pioneered the concept of real time learning,” said Shantanu Prakash, managing director, Educomp Solutions.
Through SAS, teachers can overcome these problems, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual students, helping them excel academically. This can making learning more effective and create a personalised learning path for each child.