Noida Dialogue

An initiative of Democratic Outreach for Social Transformation, DOST

Smart classrooms at government schools attract students in Greater Noida

July 31, 2019

The district education department has started smart classrooms at the primary and upper primary level in government schools in order to improve the quality of education provided at government schools in the district. The Basic Shiksa Adhikari (BSA) has been monitoring the progress of the smart schools and now plans to get feedback from the students.

The idea of a smart class was started in October 2018 with only a few schools in its initial stage. However, the programme now has around 40 schools which are equipped with smart classes.

Bal Mukund Prasad of the BSA said that the smart classrooms have been set up across 40 schools and in order to keep a watch and monitor the activities of these classrooms, a group has been formed wherein the smart classroom teachers provide a daily report where the teachers send video clips and photos with respect to the activities of the smart classrooms. Prasad now plans student feedback on video calls.

There are around 471 government primary schools and 214 upper primary schools in the district with close to 80,000 students. The BSA and assistant basic education officers regularly visit these schools to motivate teachers and impart quality education so that the students from Noida and Greater Noida are willing to join government schools. He also added that the reason why smart classrooms were introduced in government schools is so that the schools are well equipped to compete with the private schools in the district. And with the help of the Corporate Social Responsibility funds from the private companies, more such smart classrooms will be set up, he added.

Several NGO’s have also offered their help in teaching the students English and Mathematics. Students in smart classrooms are provided with questions and the performance of the students is reflected by the teaching pattern and the involvement of the teachers. Prasad added that in every school there will be a few teachers whose performance is better than the others while some would be average, below average or even worse. The teachers who fall under the average and below-average belt are given a chance to improve their teaching pattern so that the students will be able to understand what is being taught to them.

A smart classroom as the name suggests consists of a digital blackboard including an LCD screen which also acts as a computer screen. This LCD screen can be connected to the internet and all the information can be viewed. Along with this, video lessons can also be displayed on the LCD screen which is also equipped with a whiteboard adjacent to the screen. Since the LCD screen attracts the attention of the students as it acts as a TV screen due to the viewing and audiovisual effects, making the learning process easier and playful.


Source : Jagran Josh