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Tablets and e books taking over schools

Many Mumbai schools are going digital, with teachers and students becoming tech-savvy in the classroom. TNN Jan 3, 2017, 01: School life was as simple as that. Welcome to the world of digital classrooms!

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Now, traditional black boards are replacing interactive smart boardswhich are connected to the computer. Institutes are giving students e-homework, which can be submitted online.

Many schools are also updating parents through digital tools — unlike printed circulars and notices, which could be misplaced, the chances of parents missing out on important announcements have greatly reduced. From attendance to assignments, schools are going digital and how! Because the curriculum is uploaded online, it is available 24X7 to the students.

If a teacher is unable to attend a class, she can still video conference and conduct the lecture. Learning more fun, effective through visuals Interactive methods are visually appealing to children and get better results than the traditional chalk-and-duster model of teaching. Zeeshan Sheikh, a teacher at Shivaji Nagar BMC School in Govandi, which was the one of the first municipal schools to install a digital classroom, conceptualised online lessons for his students.

Videos and presentations help kids grasp concepts, especially science and math, from the first lesson itself. Students remember and process information faster and more effectively.

The digital student: E-books, tablets and even smartphones becoming classroom staples

Even attendance has increased substantially, as lectures have become more interesting! They not only learn different perspectives on the topic, but also understand diverse cultures, languages and teamwork.

Instead of submitting hardcopy prints of their assignments, they can now directly email them to their teacher or upload them on a common server. It has also reduced the number of books children carry to school. The not-so-smart side Digital classrooms come with their share of shortcomings.

Also, students could plagiarise online assignments. However, Neti shares that schools are taking precautions, like installing firewalls. We train teachers in handling a digital class and hold sessions for parents to help them understand the possible problems.

  • Instead of submitting hardcopy prints of their assignments, they can now directly email them to their teacher or upload them on a common server;
  • Because the curriculum is uploaded online, it is available 24X7 to the students.

Finally, students are counselled on how to handle distractions and make the best use of their devices.