Smart classes set to change face of education

Smart classes set to change face of education
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The launch of smart classes in government schools is expected to change the face of education system in Mahbubnagar district. According to the District Education Officer (DEO), Vijaya Laxmi Bai, smart classroom system- which is comprised of the information technology and audio visual effects- will be installed soon.

Mahbubnagar: The launch of smart classes in government schools is expected to change the face of education system in Mahbubnagar district. According to the District Education Officer (DEO), Vijaya Laxmi Bai, smart classroom system- which is comprised of the information technology and audio visual effects- will be installed soon.

“The smart class system is a new concept for India, particularly to government schools. The system will turn classrooms into smart classrooms with its dedicated software and necessary content developed in the regional languages,” said the DEO.

In smart classrooms, a projector displays the subject contents, either being taught by an in-house teacher or an external teacher from a faraway place through the video conferencing method.

Initially, the smart class teaching system is being implemented in the high schools for students from Class VI to X. There are about 571 high schools in the district, out of which 360 schools have come forward to implement the system.

“In fact, we had a target of 250 schools, but we have received an amazing response and more than 360 schools have come forward to implement the innovative teaching system,” informed the DEO.

With the objective to implement the project at a quick pace, the district Collector T.K. Sridevi had conducted a review meeting with the district officials. Though the district administration has thought to spend Rs. 85,000 for each school, only Rs 60,000 are available for a school.

The Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) will provide Rs. 50,000 for science laboratory and the State government is planning to spend additional Rs. 10,000 for designing the audio visual content for science subjects.

“We are planning to implement the smart classroom system from the next academic year. At present, we are preparing the relevant content in regional languages.

For procuring the equipment and to analyze the costs aspects a committee is to be set, based on its recommendations we will implement the smart classes in more than 360 schools, while the remaining may be taken up in the second phase,” informed the DEO.

There are many advantages with the smart classroom. It will not only help the students to have a real time experience but also enhance their knowledge of science and technology as it can provide them an in-depth understanding of complex scientific concepts.

The system is also expected to provide solutions for shortage of teaching faculty. “As smart classes will be interactive in nature, we can conduct simultaneous classes in different schools with single teacher.

For instance, if we have a good science teacher in Achempeta, his class can be telecast at different schools where there is no science teacher and in this way we can overcome the teacher shortage problem too,” explained the DEO.

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