Berhampur: At a time when the teaching and learning techniques have seen a sea change and to catch up with the modern way of learning at par with any best private school, the Ganjam District Administration is making steady progress to roll out the online teaching system at the government-run Odia medium schools from the next academic session on the line of BYJU'S.
The online teaching system, a first of its kind in Odisha and a brainchild of Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange, will be introduced on an experimental basis for the students of classes V to VIII in the first phase to help students of Odia medium schools enhance their knowledge via tutorials in their first language.
Speaking exclusively to Thenewsroom.co.in Kulange said, the District Administration is in talks with IT experts to develop a free mobile app for online teaching system at par with industry leader BYJU.
These videos will be uploaded to ‘YouTube’ and their links will be provided on the app. Besides the videos, the app will also provide detailed study materials and interactive practice tests.
Spelling out detail about the product, Kulange said, “We are building the product in-house and have roped in some of the most popular teachers from the school itself who are experts in their domains. We are getting them to record and help us with product development. This will help students to understand and connect better.”
The recording of videos of teachers with good narration skills and command over specific subjects has already started.
‘We are developing it as simple as it would without any animation or special effects. The students would feel like class room teaching. The education app will also assist the teachers share their best teaching practices”, he added.
When asked about the need of such innovation, he said, “Our focus is simple, change the way students learn by instilling the love of learning in them. We target the end users (students and parents) and help them become better learners.
“We are also solving the core problem of access to quality teachers in a one-on-one format. We offer a unique combination of content, media, and technology, which makes learning effective, engaging, and personalised,” the soft spoken Collector said.
When asked about the challenges in rolling out such a highly ambitious projects in govt run schools, he said in affirmative that the challenge for us has always been to change the perception about how children should learn. Students should take up the initiative of learning on their own, while parents should take up supporting roles.
“This approach will help helps students realise what to learn, when to learn, how to learn and how much to learn. The idea is to alter students' learning experience to make the process of learning enjoyable. "If the students learn in the right way and, if they like learning, they will secure good marks anyways," says Kulange hoping better learning atmosphere in school at par with the Morden private schools.
In the first phase, the administration plans to rollout subjects such as science and mathematics, the Collector stated.
The method of online learning will help students in their home studies. It will also help them to learn about the subjects taught in classrooms, he added.