Computers in the Classroom| Business Standard | January 2017

As government school classrooms go, this room in the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya near Delhi’s Thyagaraj Stadium is strikingly different. Instead of a blackboard, it has a projector and a screen. The teacher wields a mouse instead of chalk. The students have no notebooks — instead their digitised Class VI English textbook is on the screen. However, what makes this classroom unusual is the enthusiastic class participation. All 35 hands go up whenever the teacher asks a question, and when it is their turn to read from the text, all 35 voices rise in high-pitched unison. “To think that when these students joined this school last year, some couldn’t even write their names in Hindi,” says Sunita Sharma, the principal. “But ever since they began learning English using the computer under the Right to Read (RTR) initiative, their reading and comprehension levels have improved substantially.”


New software helps underprivileged kids speak English the right way | Indian Express – Express News Service | December 2016

English is a tricky language. Remember the time in school when most of us spelt ‘received’ incorrectly? But not sixth graders in government Girls’ High School in Rezimental Bazaar in Secunderabad.
“They got it right in the first time,” said their teacher, Asha Kumari, as close to 25 children listen to a voice reading out content from their English textbooks. The children sit in their digitised computer lab, all staring at the big screen and reading out the text.



E-Education Playing Professor Henry Higgins | Outlook| January 2017

Technology is being deployed not to replace teachers but to support them to improve learning outcomes
Even as English Helper, in collaboration with American India Foundation and the IL FS Education has witnessed positive outcomes in some 5000 government schools spread across eight states, studies of other similar initiatives show the growing and evolving role of technology as an education tool to promote not just language skills but also make learning more engaging. Experts emphasis that technology is being deployed not to replace teachers but to support them to improve outcomes.

“I myself have taken a trial class and have seen that the students are very interested. The students are removed from the monotony of the classroom system and feel motivated and eager to watch and learn. Simultaneously both the ear and eyes are being stimulated and that is important for early learners as well as the teacher who is teaching them. Before, many children would become inattentive but here they love to look at the screen. Most of our students are first generation learners and have to get accustomed to this method of learning but I am sure will learn faster using the audio visual aids rather than the normal teaching learning process.” – Sanjukta Biswas, Headmistress, Barisha Vivekananda Girls High School, West Bengal #edtech #elearning #languagelearning #english #readtome #righttoread

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“Prior to using RTM students were nervous about English, a foreign language. RTM has made them approach language learning with interest and cheer as they find the subject more approachable. The spelling and pronunciation tools are used most frequently whereas the dictionary and picture dictionary have helped improve comprehension”. #edtech #elearning #languagelearning #english #readtome #righttoread

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