The power of technology can never be denied. With the population of 1.31 billion people in a country, the ratio to technology driven citizens has highly increased in last decade. With approx. 140 million mobile phone users and being a country for the second most social site users, India has an immense opportunity to grow in this field and to grasp the positive vibes of technology in the field of education, medicine, defence, business and much more.
With huge possibility in digital technology, our prime minister introduced initiatives like Digital India to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Digital India is a concept to revitalize the education system in India. It is a program that endeavours to bridge the literacy slippage by delivering education through digital platform to children and teachers. It provides an opportunity to access learning sources through a global platform, providing reachability to teachers and braking the barriers to gain quality education through physical classes. Some of the schemes introduced under the Digital India concept by government are Digishala,Digital e-book, e-basta and many more with an envision of better and educated country.
For a Digital India to succeed in impacting education, it needs a vision and mission to integrate technology as an important part of our large and complex school system. It must have a targeted approach to improve education through digitalization and by providing better teachers and with a comprehensive vision to provide benefit to a large extent of children. There are many technology initiatives like e-learning apps, e-books, and online practise exams. E-notes and many more. All these can be a personalized method of learning but to improve education on a country basis their need to be some initiative from ground level that is to involve both rural and urban school in digitalization.
Some of the techniques that can be incorporated in schools-
Introduce benefits of technology in education– The very basic thing is to teach children how to incorporate technology with their education, to gain benefit and to use it as a tool to compete with the overgrowing world. This is mainly required in rural areas where children are very far away from this piece of knowledge.
E learning apps– After this some innovative tools can be introduced for providing notes, books, resolving queries of student, practicing question etc. There are 100’s of app and software available for students to learn.
Smart schools– Government should try to incorporate technology from the ground level that is school, more smart school should be open, public schools must be digitalized, classes must be provided to teach student and teachers about the benefits of digital world and everybody must have basic computer proficiency.
Smart tools-Schools should be digitalized and must use smart tool to provide education to students like smart board, visual/audio education, school management software for management of school data.
At the end Digital India is a huge opportunity for us to grow in the field of education. We should not replicate the past mistakes by engulfing in physical advancement of school instead try to improve in the digital world with better facilities for our children.
By Gaurav Priyadarshi
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