Education Sector witnessed a dramatic change during the pandemic that led to the development of online learning, e-learning tests, digital platforms, etc. The adoption of technology may increase the rate of education over the long term which will facilitate positive community acceptance of technology within education. Mr. Anand Chawla. His official title was the Sr. General Manager ICT. ICT, Poddar Group of Schools in a meeting with CXOtoday provided more details about the same.
Which methods helped Rural India respond to the ever-changing dynamics of education by utilizing technology?
The year 2020 marked an educational revolution. No one believed that students could be taught online for a full two years. Education has changed drastically and led to the development of online learning, online exams as well as digital platforms. The sole source for learning online for students in Rural India was a smartphone with an internet connection, which was available to parents. According to the study conducted by the Hindustan Times, there are smartphones available to over 68% of the households in rural areas, however, it does not necessarily mean that the children were able to access online education. As there was no alternative, pupils or teachers had to adapt to the digital revolution. The process was brutal and not planned.
What problems did the inhabitants living in rural areas confront due to the sudden rise of schools equipped with technology?
Teachers had to go through an enormous psychological shift since they would have been active in class. Students who have siblings struggled to share their mobile phones during online classes. Speed of internet connection as well as coordination with the students, insufficient devices and families working at home a lack of space, etc were major issues for everyone.
Does Rural Education in India In the process of Transformation?
There is some progress because of the current situation and the fact that people have a sense of the importance of technology but they are far from being transformed. There remains a larger gap between urban and rural India. The government to promote the use of synchronous and asynchronous learning by children. Infrastructure improvements are needed for this to be achieved at a higher level.
Can the adoption of community-based technology accelerate the spread of education in India?
Technology adoption can increase the rate of education, however, it should be built specifically for it. There are certain goals and guidelines that in the future will help to facilitate an effective community-wide adoption of technology in the classroom. When schools are in the process of starting with technology, it will be fascinating to observe this trend continue. I believe that the utilization of digital platforms and online learning will continue to improve education.
Does technology help bridge the gap in the way that teachers teach between the rural and urban schools?
I think it helped bridge the gap to some degree however, there was a bigger digital divide between the people who are wealthy and those who do not. In the same way, it creates an opportunity for the government as well as schools and colleges to improve themselves and develop new ideas.
Is it true that Vernacular technology-based education increased in prominence since the epidemic?
It is possible to do this to some level in rural areas, however, specifically, teachers would like to instruct the language online, similar to offline classes in schools.
Is learning now interconnected and shared in Rural India through the use of technology?
Learning has become more creative however, to become shared, and engaging in Rural India We need to develop a comprehensive digital transformation strategy. Schools should be able to access digital resources that are accessible to teachers or students at any moment in time. A system for reporting that tracks students ‘ progress in learning. Technology upgrades and availability of devices within as well as around the school are to be designed.
What steps are implemented by schools across the country to assist students from rural India?
Schools are trying to make the most of the limitations of technology, especially on the parents’ side. WhatsApp Groups, Emails, printing out sheets, and even free platforms such as Google Classroom, and Teams are helping them. A state-wide infrastructure upgrade is needed for this to receive a greater boost.
Is there an individualized training program for these teachers If there’s none?
Training in small groups of teachers is the order of the moment. Urban residents have greater exposure to tools, as well as technology, and are more accepted by the population. Similar efforts are needed in the Rural region. Unique partnerships between urban and rural schools, training the trainers in different formats, and also connecting the schools, and finding innovative ways to share teaching materials and tools.
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