Thirteen government schools have recently obtained smart classes and science labs on pilot basis under a new government initiative. The project launched in association with private company Vendanta, will enable students from Class V to Class X to learn various subjects with the aid of an LCD projector and a computer system pre-loaded with content.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar urged the project to extend to all 77 high schools of the state to support the cause of education.“The choice of the government schools for introducing digital education was to help the less privileged students get oriented with education, in a smart and technology-friendly way,” Parsekar said at the launch of the system.
The program functions on a 5 kilo portable device named K-Yan, which converts any wall into an interactive teaching surface. The pre-loaded content has been reviewed by the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT). The content will feature multimedia teaching which involves virtual experiments and training modules.
“Periodic monitoring will be done of the systems and the (private) company provided technicians would be helping the school teachers in running the systems. We have also launched science labs in 30 schools. These science labs are basically small kits which will help the teachers in demonstrating up to 54 scientific experiments in the classrooms itself,” said Nagaraj Honnekeri, Deputy Director of education and director, SCERT.
It is great to see Goa catching up with the rest of the digital world. The progress of India’s smallest state is growing at a rapid rate and I am positive about the future of young Goans.