What if the burden of your kid’s school bag is reduced to mere grams from the bunch of many kilos? What if you are no longer worried about your child not understanding the complex concepts at the school? Well, hold your breath because your reveries are soon going to meet a dead end. The introduction of tablets in school learning has refurbished the scenario. Now tablets will be replacing books in educational institutes.
Though the new found technology is limited to only 1.5 million schools in India but the trend is slowly picking up pace in varied parts of the country. The exclusively designed tablets are helping students in getting familiar with the digital mode of learning. These tablets have inbuilt access to notebooks and learning material for different classes. Features like audio-visual presentations, preloaded dictionary are giving a hand on experience to students to make learning ‘paperless.
The Muslim Educational Society (MES) International School in North Kerela is one such example of digital-education. The students of the aforesaid school are being taught with the help of tablet. Owing to the nominal rates of the tablets, even parents are being saved from the perils of a costly education system. Eductech Company Extramarks has equipped MES and five other schools in this area. The tablets are available in both English and Hindi. Besides, it has also turned out to be a boon for the teachers at the schools.
The students at MES too seemed satisfied with the hand on experience with the tablet. It has made the process of learning easier with the visual representations of complex concepts.
The industry of digital classrooms worth $1 bn is constantly growing with 12.5% of Indian schools being on the verge of digitalisation. Companies are also planning to digitalise government schools and aanganwadis in order to help the underprivileged.
But the new age schism is being equally criticised on the grounds that it might adversely affect the health of the children using it.
About the Author: Ankush Sharma is pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. He joined Internshala Trainings for learning Android and shares how this decision transformed his life.
Demolition, desperation, and depression. These three words became synonymous with my life after the first year of college. Being a computer science student with absolutely no coding background meant that I needed to put in double the efforts. However, when it came to coding, I failed thrice in exams and got backlogs in subjects like Programming, Data Structures, and Advanced Programming. I had virtually given up on coding and wanted to quit the stream for some other option. Amidst such depression, I stumbled upon Android. It fascinated me, but I knew I could not do anything as my programming basics were not clear. When all seemed lost, I came to know about Internshala Trainings through a friend. At first, I didn’t bother about any training, but there was something eerily soothing about the UI of the website which compelled me to try it once. I had some money saved and invested it in the Android winter training.
The training was divided into 4 modules, each having a test of its own. Projects like making an Android calculator app were also included for a rigorous training regime. I started off quite slow, learning and practicing the basics of Java first and later moving to Android. I was also attending summer classes at the college, studying to clear my backlogs. I had always thought that I could do any free course online or watch videos on YouTube – after all, everywhere on the internet, the content would be same. Boy, could I BE any more wrong! Internshala had a tailored content for learning. It started with focusing on all the basics and then gradually escalated, covering everything that any beginner needed. It answered many questions and doubts that I had for a long time. Slowly but steadily, the training helped me improve my coding and also helped in understanding the concepts being taught in the summer classes.
The flexibility offered by an online training was another advantage. I could study for as long as I wanted according to my own schedule which helped me in managing the college work. Moreover, the free Placement Preparation Training gave many handy interview tips and also taught me the intricacies of writing impressive cover letters. The provided support was also great. Whenever I faced any problems, I used to shoot messages or emails to them and the response was always quick. I was glad that this was not another money-hogging website which doesn’t care about you once the fee is paid. The support team genuinely cared and helped me at every step.
In short, this training changed my life. The same coding which was leading me into dark became my lightsaber (laser sword)! (Yeah, okay. Even Jedi knows I’m a geek!). I topped all my backlog exams of coding and within 2 months of completing the training, I developed two apps which are available on Play Store. After successfully developing the first app, my interest in coding increased significantly.
I started devoting a lot of hours on this regularly and topped the subsequent exams in the next semester! I started getting noticed for my coding skills and even got offers to work with a couple of startups. Now, I have also done Internshala’s IoT training and added yet another skill in my arsenal.
Thank you, Internshala, for being my guiding light. I owe my success to the boost that you gave.
Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala, an internships and trainings platform (internshala.com)