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Learn, Out of the Box

Using a tech toolkit to enhance education in India

By Pratham

Project URL: pratham.org/programmes/digital-classrooms
Project Twitter: @Pratham_India

Organisation URL: pratham.org

  • Education
  • Audiovisual
  • Physical Computing

Learn, Out of the Box is a project to deliver high quality but low cost education to poor schools in India by using technology as the prime teaching tool.

The project was devised by educational reform NGO Pratham and Vodafone Foundation India. 40% of the world’s illiterate children live in India. Over three years, the project aims to distribute both hardware and software to 1,000 schools in 12 Indian states, and reach 50,000 children.

The kit consists of Vodafone’s ‘WebBox’, a smartphone plus a keyboard, with AV cables that can be connected to TVs and projectors, and 2G SIM cards to wirelessly connect to the web to form a ‘smartclass platform’ on which teachers can show videos, images and other content in the classroom. The software consists of a learning application loaded with syllabus-specific content, lesson planning, class activities, concept videos, group discussions and practice questions, designed to improve student outcomes at the same time as making learning more fun.

The whole emphasis is on using technology to support and enable, not replace, the teacher. The WebBox is portable enough for teachers to take it home to familiarise themselves with the content and prepare lessons, and Pratham will provide teacher training, ongoing monitoring, support, and technical troubleshooting.

Pratham is a huge player in Indian education, delivering large scale, low cost educational programmes focused on eradicating the high levels of illiteracy in India for 20 years. It conducts the Annual Status of Education Report, rural India’s largest NGO household survey, charting how many children between 3 and 16 are in school, and their reading, writing and maths ability. This is in order to build the case for an educational agenda focused on learning for all, and to measure the outcomes and impact of educational programmes and strategies. 93% of the charity’s revenue goes directly on programmes, which now encompass child rights, digital literacy, and dropout rates.

Last updated: 19th of September, 2014

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