NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) has announced a new partnership with Khan Academy India (KAI) for making optimal use of tablet-based smart labs. After a pilot with two schools in January earlier this year, NDMC has decided to set up such labs in 28 schools, covering over 150 teachers and about 11,000 students.
The Partnership Agreement was signed at an event held at the Palika Kendra and was attended by Chairman NDMC – Mr. Naresh Kumar IAS, Secretary NDMC – Ms. Chanchal Yadav IAS, Director, Education, NDMC – Mr. Rabindra Gupta, India Strategist, Khan Academy India – Mathu Shalini and MD, Khan Academy India – Sandeep Bapna.
The initiative entails providing students of Class 6 to 12 with tablets, internet connectivity, and access to the Khan Academy platform. Khan Academy’s teaching tools and reports help teachers to track the progress of every individual student and to identify the learning gaps for each student. Teachers can set up their classrooms and assign videos, quizzes and unit tests to students on the platform. These resources could help reinforce a concept that’s been taught as well as to provide remedial help to students according to their individual learning needs.The Khan Academy platform also helps students to learn at their own pace, revisit topics they find difficult, and receive instant feedback and opportunities for correction. The platform is also gamified to encourage the students with energy points after each learning action is performed. In the selected NDMC schools, one hour shall be set aside each week for every class, when teachers and students will use Khan Academy in the Tab-based smart lab. Khan Academy shall facilitate sufficient training and support to teachers to enable them to confidently use the platform.
Speaking on the occasion, Naresh Kumar, Chairman, NDMC said, “Technology is transforming the way children are learning. NDMC has already introduced smart classrooms which are yielding very good results. Now with the introduction of personal device based classrooms and introduction of self-paced platform of Khan Academy, we will be able to improve quality of education in NDMC/Navyug schools further.”
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