July 14, 2009 12:42:16 am
With a view to provide innovative learning aid to Standard X students and to improve their performance in the all important SSC exam,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),along with the LIFE Trust,has introduced digital education in eight municipal schools across the city. The project has begun with the commencement of this years academic session.
Landmark International Foundation for Empowerment (LIFE) Trust,an NGO working in collaboration with the government to introduce various programs at the school and pre-school level,has started digital classrooms in these eight schools. The digital classrooms are equipped with an LCD screen and speakers.
The trust,after consulting SSC teachers,has created specially designed DVDs on key subjects of the class 10 syllabus.
Poonam Lalvani,managing trustee of the NGO,said,To make studies more interesting and to achieve better academic results,we need to engage students through audio-visual medium. These DVDs have animated 2D graphics accompanied by a voice over that enables greater understanding of the subject.
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The DVDs have been created for the entire syllabus of six subjects – Geometry,English,History,Geography,Civics and Economics. Since the majority of BMC schools use Marathi as the medium for education,these DVDs are in Marathi. However,the NGO is also working on its Hindi version,and on creating DVDs on science practicals.
Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak visited the schools last month and was impressed with the response of the students. He has discussed the possibility of using the technology in other municipal schools too, Lalvani said.
The eight BMC schools where the facilitates have started are Dr Ambedkar School,Prabhadevi School,Abhyudaya Nagar School,G K Marg School,Globe Mill School,Dadar Woolen Mill School,Shindewadi School and New Sion School.
The current pass percentage of SSC students in BMC schools is 60%. The introduction of digital classrooms will bring about more interest in studies among students and thus yield better results, an official from the BMCs Education Department said.
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