Enrollment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 percent. But 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills. 6 out of 10 children and adolescents are not achieving a minimum level of proficiency in reading and math.
Does this sound familiar? Would you like to address this closer home, in your school? Do you want to know how technology can help solve this?
Herein we present how to meet some of the challenges of modern day K-12 education by IT enabling your school's teaching and learning processes.
At a minimum, this means having -
But with each of these, one is faced with several challenges. To name a few -
Isn’t all this a utopian demand? Hmm...Not at all.
My sCool Server (MSS), the heart of ICT in Education at a school empowers education infrastructure in unprecedented ways. Let’s explore how.
It is capable of serving an operating system customised for education, applications and educational content to several users on the local network simultaneously.
99% of all computers deployed over the last decade shall suffice as no-compromise user nodes from an educational computing perspective. Simply put, they get a new lease of life with the MSS.
Connect around 70 client machines on a wired LAN and deploy a computer lab with a system for each student, within minutes.
All users get a login with a fully loaded operating system and around 130+ applications needed to meet the learning objectives.
There are around 200 interactive activities supporting early and foundational learning.
Also preloaded is a carefully researched computational thinking curriculum and instructional content for grades 1 to 8. It is extremely helpful to develop logical, analytical and critical thinking skills.
The OS with the applications can be taken along on a “Live USB stick”. It enables you to replicate the same learning environment from your school desktop to that of your home.
The MSS empowers a teacher. It enables her to remotely monitor and assist her students. It facilitates broadcasting of lessons to all screens. The teacher can also fully manage all students’ systems from her desk.
It helps you achieve the digital literacy, coding and computational thinking objectives outlined in the National Education Policy 2020.
Now it is the turn of the classroom.
Install an inexpensive MSS-Smart Class (MSS-SC) node in every classroom. Pair it with a projector, white-wall and an inexpensive graphics tablet with a stylus in the hands of a teacher and we have an interactive smart class. This lends mobility to a teacher around the classroom and also facilitates collaboration amongst the students.
The solution is preloaded with several world-class open educational resources (OERs) and supports hosting of custom content and assessments. All the content is accessible offline and can be incrementally updated through offline and online methods.
There is a world class learning management system (LMS) which is extremely easy for teachers to use for their lesson planning.
If educational resources and exercises are the pearls then the LMS serves as the thread that empowers a teacher to stitch them into personalised learning paths for her students. The assessment and reporting modules of the LMS serve as the guiding light for a teacher to plan the corrective interventions for her students.
When paired with a wireless network and tablets, it facilitates self-paced learning and digital assessment of students.
With inexpensive WiFi access points across the school, students with handheld devices can access the e-library from the MSS. It houses thousands of pre-loaded knowledge resources from around the world and can also be extended with your school’s content.
Such an environment is excellent to simulate online research projects without exposing the children to the risks of the Internet where complex and expensive safeguards for filtered access may not be feasible.
With a robust and secure infrastructure powered by the MSS, evolve with confidence to comprehensive digital learning.
Performance can’t be measured without metrics.
The MSS has in-built usage tracking and health monitoring. The tracking can be customised to varying granularity. It can track how much content has been covered and usage of software on a per user basis. Such data is a gold mine for all stakeholders and especially for our teachers.
This helps establish accountability of all stakeholders as well as delegates the task of maintenance to the experts, thus allowing the school staff to concentrate on the educational processes.
The benefits of the MSS are manifold.
It helps deploy a robust, reliable and yet no less flexible and scalable IT infrastructure at a school that ensures a consistent experience each and every time.
The MSS provides the foundation for making each learning environment extremely engaging, personal and productive for our children. It establishes learning continuity from one session to another and from school to home. It is outcome oriented as it objectively captures and presents key metrics.
The MSS team is constantly striving to ensure that the platform and content is available in multiple languages. This makes it increasingly useful in all regions.
The MSS brings together proven open source technologies and readily available high quality hardware into a seamless package which caters to all core technological needs of schools. This safeguards against vendor lock-in and ensures the longevity of your investment.
Though its impact in the teaching and learning process is immediate, its adoption to realize its full potential may be gradual, non-intrusive and is without a steep learning curve.
And now the best part for some - With the MSS, the overall tangible costs of deploying the ICT infrastructure is reduced by at least 40% and owning it is 60% cheaper, when compared to any other solution delivering similar outcomes. Thus it has an overall low total cost of ownership. Cost benefits in terms of time saved familiarizing, deploying and maintaining a mix of complex technologies is incalculable.
Thus with the My sCool Server, we effectively address Expansion, Equity, Experientiality and Excellence in education.
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