By Mahesh Jayaram – Corporate Communications, Dell India
They have a dream… and its coming true! Youth in India need to be educated about issues that govern the future of the planet and it is imperative to provide them with tools and platforms for knowledge-sharing and ensuring their overall growth. This can be made possible by injecting technology into the classroom. However, ICT usage in schools has not fundamentally changed the way children are educated. Most lessons are still taught by a single teacher standing in front of a class.
The challenges that today’s classrooms face include connectivity, availability of teachers and standardization of content. The education sector thus requires adequate technological tools to help them meet the goal.
Dell listened to educators, policy makers and IT leaders about what is primarily needed to transform teaching and learning in order to provide the vital 21st century skills. The fact is that computers alone are not enough; students, teachers, and parents must be able to connect with each other and share information wherever and whenever they want.
Recognizing this need, Dell launched the Connected Classroom solution in India. The India Connected Classroom media launch was held in Delhi and was hosted by Neeraj Gupta, General Manager of India Public business. The high point of the event was a roundtable discussion by four eminent educators of the country followed by a live demo of the connected classroom solution by nine children and two teachers from Chiranjiv Bharti School, New Delhi.
Combining innovative technology, products, services, software and training, this unique solution makes learning in the digital age a reality. It provides technological tools for the education sector which are needed to be competitive in the global economy. It is a fabulous way to personalize learning according to individual learning styles of pupils. With features like the Student Response systems and software, teachers can maximize student understanding, encouraging critical thinking and problem solving.
An initiative in this direction was the Dell Digital Schoolathon, an essay writing competition for school children across India on “how technology can enable education’. We targeted 1100 schools, and received an overwhelming response with over 300 submissions from across the country. The top two winners of the competition were recognized at a gala function on the evening of 5 May – Master W.P. Sudarshan from P.G.Garodia School, Mumbai mentored by Mrs. Sujata Variar and Miss. Swati Veeradhi from Sri Kumaran Children’s Home, Bangalore mentored by Mrs. Smita Subramanya. They each received a Dell connected classroom set up for their school.
The connected classroom launch also marks an important milestone for Dell, building its commitment towards India’s education needs following the launch of our education netbook - Latitude 2100, last year.