Digital Learning – New avatar to our Legacy Learning System!

When my daughter was 2 years old, I started to introduce her to “Good Manners” like washing hands, brushing teeth twice a day etc. I used to repeat my stories and examples so that she can correlate and learn. But most of the times, I was in vain.

One day, I showed her an animated story of how a boy had to pay a visit to dentist for not brushing his teeth during night. That did the trick!! Hurray!! I started showing her more such stories and I was surprised to see the impact on her.

Now in Sr.KG, she has been introduced to Solar System at school.

When I tell her that we all people are lying on the earth and the earth is hanging in the space, she doesn’t seem to have understood. I showed her a video which clearly explains Solar System with nice colourful pictures and good voice-over. Now she not only knows about Earth but also the hottest and coldest planets, the nearest and farthest planets, the Saturn ring etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd6nLM2QlWw

And there are many such instances happened between us which reminded me my childhood.

When I was in school, my favourite subject used to be Science where the teacher used to draw colourful images on the black board. Once the picture was understood, it was very easy to write about it in examinations.

I also remember how my Grandmother used to make us watch The Ramayana and Mahabharat movies in Television. Those movies helped us to imagine about Ancient India, the Kings, the British, the Sultan and various reign’s culture.

I understood that; a picture is worth a thousand words.

What does the science say?
A Message from Your Brain: I’m Not Good at Remembering What I Hear.

A new study shows that we are far better at remembering what we see and touch than what we hear.

“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember” – Chinese proverb

“Our auditory memory isn’t as robust as we might like to think it is,” says Poremba. “We think that we are great at integrating all the senses,” but the experiment shows that tactile and visual memory easily trumped auditory memory.

Technology Can Help
Along with Black, technology provides many possibilities for multisensory learning. Interactive computer graphics and videos that add more senses to the mix can “make visual cues much stronger” and “improve visual memory,” she says—and can also increase attention span. In other words, the more varied ways in which you are exposed to and interact with the material, the more likely you will be able to remember it.

Read full article:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/3/140312-auditory-memory-visual-learning-brain-research-science/

This made me understand the reason behind the word. DIGITAL LEARNING echoing all over the world.

Digital Learning is nothing but learning some useful content using digital tools like Smart pads, Projectors, computers, etc. which can provide a better look and feel of the content than that on the paper.

It is a new avatar to our Legacy Learning System!

Digital Learning in Schools
It is merely important to introduce Digital Learning in schools and colleges where a person’s most of the educational phase lies.

Most of the schools and colleges in major parts of India have adapted this new education methodology.

Digital Learning in Schools in Rural India.
Education itself is a challenge in Rural India whose main priority is to earn the livelihood. Parents in rural India would rather send children to earn daily wages.

This is one of the main reasons for school dropouts in rural India.

Child’s lack of interest in studying the textbooks is also another reason for the increase in dropout percentage.

Digital Learning through its interactive and interesting teaching methods will bring back child’s interest towards education thus increasing the nation’s literacy rate.

Irrespective of their location, expert teachers can share their knowledge with kids via  the new digital tools like video conferencing or can store the content in offline form.

Government’s role in promoting Digital Learning in rural India
State as well as Central government has taken initiative to uplift Digital Learning.

The crucial factor is to provide necessary infrastructure in rural areas. Under ‘E-Kranti’, one of the major pillars of Digital India, the government of India has collaborated with various telecom service providers to set-up infrastructure for internet services in remote areas of the country.

However, more efforts are needed, since only 9 percent of rural India has access to the Internet.

In the Union Budget for 2018-19, the government’s focus has been towards improving the quality of education by integrating technology. It has allocated Rs 456 crore for digital education.

Also, Government has collaborated with Samsung to launch their “Smart Class” in around 400 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas across the nation. Samsung is facilitating each “Smart Class” with latest audio-visual tools like Samsung Tablets (41 tabs per class), interactive smartboard, printer and other devices. These classes also have learning apps for Computer Science, Mathematics, English and Science. These latest technology tools help students to learn complicated concepts easily. Samsung Smart Class also enables teachers in retaining the students’ attention due to this modern and interactive learning environment.

More info at: https://www.samsung.com/in/microsite/sapne-hue-bade/stories/smartclass/

Government also has to provide regular trainings to teachers so as to make them well aquintained with the new education system.

NGO and CSR activities
Various Non-Government Organisations and major corporates came forward in promoting Digital Education. For instance:

Vidyadhaanam programme by TATA Motors as part of their CSR activities https://www.tatamotors.com/programs/education/

Plan India NGO working towards promoting Digital Education amongst girls https://www.planindia.org/

Pratham – Pratham Education Foundation

Role of Thinksharp Foundation
Being an accused of this rural urban education divide, Santosh Phad, the founder of ThinkSharp Foundation, has started “StudyMall” a complete Digital Class, in rural areas of Maharashtra.

Study Mall offers a complete solution and infrastructure (All in one projector which run on remote and consume less electricity) needed for rural schools. ( Below pic- Z.P School, Aswalamba, Tq.parli,Dist.Beed)

Projector includes-

  • All educational content aligned with state board syllabus
  • Other educational content (Offline Wikipedia), ICT content, preloaded educational videos
  • It connects with WIFI, teachers can connect with internet through HOTSPOT and can show students various educational and cultural content
  • Also can connect pen drive to show some offline content
  • can operate on wireless keyboard and Mouse
  • Easy to use: even though are teachers not available in school, any student can operate the digital tools.

Few glimpses of Digital Learning in Study Malls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO-uMu5o2AI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEYfKAv9sHU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mPmANntjLc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTUSw6xhmPA

Buy few advantages and get a disadvantage free!!

When misused, every fair advantage has its equal counterparts. Digital Learning too has a bundle of cons which should be addressed.

  • Moving to digital doesn’t mean replacing the teachers. Digital learning should happen under the guidance of well trained teachers. Government should conduct trainings at frequent intervals to teachers so that they can hone their digital and infrastructure skills.
  • Complete shift of education to digital is not advisable as that will not enable students to learn the regional transcript. There should be hybrid mode where in digital tools will be used on demand to aid the legacy education system.
  • As digital involves laptops, LCD screens, smart pads which strain the eyes leading to eyesight issues. Necessary precautions have to be taken while watching the smart pads.
  • Ensuring proper ergonomics is mandatory while sitting before laptops and computers else improper posture leads to several spine issues.
  • Students should be trained to use the mouse in correct angles which otherwise would cause “tendonitis” , an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle

Hence, Too much is too bad. Moderation is the key to success.

In a Nut Shell
Education is the only weapon to eradicate poverty in India and to change the face of current rural areas. When the best of it is provided to students, it can remove the word “Rural” from India’s dictionary.

While urban population can afford the digital tools, it is government’s responsibility to provide necessary infrastructure to rural schools.

Together with the collaboration of government and Non-government organizations, the divide between rural and urban education can be reduced thus making the young India achieve par excellence.

Happy learning!!

Written By – Malathi Krishna (malathi123in@gmail.com)

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Bringing social change with the help of social media SM4E2017

On 05 and 06 Oct 2017 we, Thinksharp Foundation had an opportunity to attend a workshop organised by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) (Read about there amazing work at http://defindia.org/).  On behalf of ThinkSharp Foundation team, I was privileged to attend the workshop.

This workshop was organised in a beautiful location by DEF’S SM4E2017 team (SM4E is social media for empowerment, Read about them at http://sm4e.org/). Th workshop was at Sanskriti Kendra Anandgram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, A nand Gram, New Delhi, Delhi.

 

 While we all use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other social media tools to stay connected with our friends and family. There are organisations who use them to help society and to bring change in society . DEF is one such international organisation who connects, educates, and creates awareness regarding digital empowerment of masses. They also connect and help other NGO, Social enterprise and organisations  who are trying to integrate digital media in bringing social change.

We were humbled and proud when we were chosen to be one of the attendees of this powerful workshop.

The workshop identified the need of social media tools needed by NGO and social impact creating organisations. If organisations like us want to reach wider audience in terms of beneficiaries or donors we have to have strong social media content and strategy. However many of us are lacking  in terms of skilled manpower or finances to spend on social media only.

This workshop provided us with practical tools and knowledge on how to address this limitation by creating content for social media with available human resource and funds. The topics included “creating social media content”, “Marketing and promotion on social media”, “Best practices in Digital marketing” and content creation on social media”. Apart from this structured topics the workshop provided opportunity to learn from each other.

Various representatives (founders, social media strategist) from other organisations who are doing a great job in bringing social change were present . I had a great learning from there experience.  To name few i provide there Facebook link, if you need a positivity dose read about there inspiring work.

 We are doing our best to apply this social media tools and leanings of workshop to reach more and more rural children and provide them better educational infrastructure. If you believe in helping us, like our Facebook page, Instagram, twitter, you tube and spread our work on your social media accounts.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

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Thinksharp Foundation awarded Social media for empowerment award

ThinkSharp Foundation was one of the finalist for Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017, (SM4E2017) held on 29 April 2017 at Delhi. We were nominated as finalists  out of 162  entries  from  South Asian organisations. Our project StudyMall for its unique and innovative social media marketing on various platforms such  Facebook Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Milaap, Bitgiving etc was nominated in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding category at SM4E2017 awards.

Dr.Shraddha our volunteer accepting the SM4E2017 award on behalf of all Thinskharp Foundation team
Dr.Shraddha our volunteer accepting the SM4E2017 award on behalf of all Thinksharp Foundation team

But what is the story here ? Is it relevant to you ? Well if you love Facebook, Twitter , Instagram etc then yes its relevant to you……..

How can Social media be used for helping your society...
Our Loved new friends..why do we need them?

Everybody loves Facebook because we want to know what is happening with my neighbors, colleagues or friends… We love twitter because we want to know what is happening in our society , nation and world. And we absolutely love Instagram  because we want to see cool pictures of  mouth watering food,  best makeup trends etc.  And we cannot survive without Whatsapp…where our day starts  with good morning messages and ends with good night .

Well I can name many apps that we use daily and we cannot survive without them. Because for most of us they are entertainment , for few maybe  source of knowledge and further few source of leaning and communication.

But what if i told you there are some individual who are using these social media apps for bringing positive reforms in society … Shocked and curious..

To briefly give you idea lets take our example , how we used social media for creating positive reform. Thinksharp foundation raised major  amount of expenditure needed for our rural education project StudyMall through social media campaigns and crowdfunding websites. The fund raised was apprx  more than 2 lacs. This fund was used  for creating digital libraries in 2 villages-

Read further to know how YOU can also be the Social change maker by using this social media apps on your phone.

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)  is one such great and unique organisation which is aiming to use every digital method to be made available for every citizen. They are doing it through multiple channels by reaching out to multiple stakeholders and also by appreciating and bringing such organisations on common platforms . They aim to connect unreached and undeserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions.

DEF alongwith  Friedrich Naumann Foundation hosted the 4th Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017 (SM4E2017) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on April 29.  They    felicitated  innovating organisations in digital media space . 16 were awarded as  Winners, seven  received Special Mentions and three were recognized for Chairman’s Recommendation.

Our project StudyMall  was  in category Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding for SM4E2017 awards. It was an honor and privilege for us to attend the award ceremony conducted at Delhi. Our Volunteer Dr.Shraddha accepted the appreciation certificate on behalf of all our team and supporters.

Our nomination for award SM4E2017
Our nomination for award SM4E2017

On this occasion we would like to thank all of our team members especially those who help in digital media marketing  Mr.Bhagwan, Mr. Rahul,  Mr.Nilesh, Miss. Disha, Miss Durva, Quarterpants organisation, and many more. All of you who shared, liked, commented, donated, clicked on our Social media platforms this is a Thank you to you all.

We were also inspired and motivated by the speeches and thoughts shared by esteemed jury and guests of SM4E2017 award event. Esteemed  panel included but not limited to Mint Editor Sukumar Ranganathan,  Change.org Country  Director Preethi Herman, GoNews Founder-Editor Pankaj Pachauri, Indian Railways DG(PR) Anil Saxena, Huffington Post India Editor-in-Chief Sruthijith KK and Digital India Foundation Co-Founder Arvind Gupta., Mr. Rajeev Mehrotra, Founder & Managing Trustee of Public Service Broadcasting Trust and Trustee-Secretary of The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH The Dalai Lama, Osama Manzar Founder & Director Digital Empowerment Foundation, Dr. Ronald Meinardus Regional Director South Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Natasha Badhwar Columnist and Filmmaker, Malini Gupta Program Director,RBS Foundation India and many more.

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It was an honor to be able to meet the amazing winning and nominated organisations that are doing great job in there respective domain to bring out social empowerment in society with help of digital media.

Few of the organisations to mention are Everyday Mumbai and Morango, Jan ki baat in Citizen Journalism, Explaining India’s Laws, Dhwani Rural Information Systems, Sahapedia in Communication, Advocacy & Development Activism, I Will Go Out and Bindi Bottoms in women empowerment , Karvaan: A Roving Book Project and Janaagraha Centre For Citizenship and Democracy in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding, BBC Media Action (Bangladesh), Development Consortium| Love Matters India, Janwaar Castle in community mobilization.

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This event surely taught and inspired us to know how we can also use Social media and digital innovation to create an positive impact in Society. We request you to visit profiles of organisations mentioned here   to learn about there inspiring stories of bringing social change with the help of social media and digital platforms.

To read more (original story) @ http://defindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/May.html

To better use your social media from today share, tweet, like and donate for our ongoing campaign on Milaap –https://milaap.org/fundraisers/thinksharp

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

Media Coverage- Click to read recent media coverage on National platform

Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

(Picture and content credit to Digital empowerment foundation)

 

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