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New-age tech tools to turn classrooms smart

- Blackboards to make way for LCD screens in Assam govt schools from January

Jorhat, Aug. 24: Children, welcome to the world of whiteboards, pictures and big screens in classrooms. In short, welcome to a smart class.

Teaching and learning process in Assam at the secondary-level government schools are poised to go high tech as the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, Assam, (RMSA) will launch the smart classroom project from the next academic year (January 2015) which will be the first of its kind in the government sector in the Northeast.

According to the RMSA, the secondary level covers classes IX to XII.

The Assam mission director of the Abhiyan, Ramesh Chand Jain, told this correspondent that the concept of smart classroom would introduce the students to the world of digital learning. He said the methods adopted under the smart classroom concept, which already has been started in private schools across the country, is rapidly transforming the way teachers teach and students learn in schools with innovative and meaningful use of technology.

He said in the first phase, 100 schools in 27 districts of the state — with one smart classroom in those schools — would be covered. Under the concept, digital learning consisting of 2D and 3D animations, graphics, audio and video presentations on every subject will be carried out.

Jain said Rs 3 crore has been earmarked for the first four years of the project. Depending on the outcome of the project in the first phase, the decision to expand to other secondary-level schools in the state would be taken.

Jain said about four to five schools (from Class IX to Class XII ) in each district would have a smart classroom.

He said chapters of all the subjects of the students will be pre-loaded to computers, and on rotation basis the students of the secondary-level will be taught at the smart classroom with the aid of audio, video, graphics and animations simultaneously along with the existing method of teaching.

He said a smart classroom would be digitally equipped with LCD projectors and better sound system. Jain said among the subjects emphasis would be on English, science and math.

He said a private firm would be engaged to set up the smart classrooms and the tendering process had already been started. Jain said some teachers of the schools where the project will be implemented would be trained by the firm which will be entrusted with the job.

Jain said the model school project, which will start functioning in Assam from January next year, too, will have smart classrooms in each such school.

The Union ministry of human resources will fund 70 per cent of the project while the state government’s share is 30 per cent.

The RMSA Assam is its nodal agency of the model schools project. In Assam, 81 such schools will be established in the coming years.

big leap

Smart class promotes more interaction between teachers and students

Visually attractive methods of teaching are more appealing to students

As the audio-visual senses of students are targeted, it helps the students to store the information fast and more effectively

Some students and teachers have problems with chalk dust and they suffer from allergic reactions. The smart classroom is suitable for them

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