Educomp smartclass is a first of its kind, teacher-led educational content based
solution that has dramatically improved learning outcomes in Private Schools. Powered
by India’s largest Digital Content library of curriculum-mapped, multimedia rich,
3D content; smartclass is today a market leader in this domain. The number of Educomp
smartclass enabled schools grows at almost 10 schools a day. In the last eight years
over 80 million smartclass sessions have been held in schools. This has given Educomp
some invaluable insights into the real challenges that teachers encounter and their
ever growing expectations from the program. These insights have helped to understand
the pain areas to develop a whole new school transformation system. Educomp has
now flagged off, the next generation of smartclass. The smartclass Class Transformation
System (or CTS) and the smartclass Digital Teaching System (or DTS) are the biggest
and most innovative initiatives in the space of digital classroom content and digital
classroom hardware respectively. The DTS is the world’s first fully integrated one-switch
Digital Interactive Teaching system, specially designed to work in high ambient
temperatures and dusty conditions prevalent in most Indian classrooms. The CTS broadens
the choice of teaching tools available with the teacher beyond invaluable rich 3D
Animations to bring abstract concepts to life. The arsenal of solutions now available
for teachers also includes tools like ready to use MCQs, Virtual Laboratory of Simulations,
Work Sheets, Mindmaps, Teaching Ideas, Real Life Applications, Topic Synopsis, Weblinks
and Diagram Maker. The CTS poised as the next generation of Educomp smartclass in
schools, is the revolutionary leap forward in enabling excellence in schools.
First things first. Educomp smartclass is a flagship brand of Educomp Solutions,
India’s largest Education company.
Born in 2003 and just 8 years young, Educomp smartclass has created shall we say,
yet another divide of Have and Have Nots: schools that have Educomp smartclass and
schools that don’t. Fortunately, with some 8,000 schools already embracing the system,
and the number growing at almost 10 schools a day, this divide is getting narrower
by the day.
smartclass did what no one had ever thought of before, bring technology into the
classroom. It brought an exhaustive repository of world class digital modules or
lessons, (consisting of 2D and 3D animations, graphics, audio and video) on every
subject in the K12 spectrum, which the teacher could easily access and project in
the classroom that illuminated and explained abstract and difficult concepts with
liquid clarity. The result was amazing. Knowledge flourished freed from the centuries
old bonds of books and chalk and blackboard. A new light of understanding dawned
on young awakened minds. And the classroom became a fascinating place to be in as
a new generation of learners saw (instead of just being told and explained) for
the first time how things happened. And the teacher smiled as she now saw not just
one, two or three but a sea of hands go up every time she asked a question.
Even as it popularity grew with school after school adopting it, as pioneers we
realised that we needed to keep pushing the frontiers of technology, make it adapt
to changing times, make it more user friendly, more versatile and more resourceful.
Over the years, such upgrades and improvements kept happening on a continuous basis.
But the time was fast approaching for metamorphic and transformational change. For
nearly 2 years starting end 2009, the think tank at smartclass has been at work
devoting millions of man days to execute the most comprehensive re-engineering of
its kind to make smartclass a truly 21st century teaching-learning. And the result
is amazing new avatar of Educomp smartclass-re-christened befittingly as smartclass
CTS(Class Transformation System).
Now, imagine a Science teacher explaining how a DNA replicates, a History teacher
teaching a class about the Harappan Civilisation, or a Geography teacher teaching
how Block mountains are formed. The best of teachers take pains to explain the concepts
largely depending on their own abilities. The students listen to the teachers, try
to decipher the figures drawn on the blackboard and read from their text books,
take notes and try hard to visualize how it happens and remember. At the end of
the class, the teacher asks a few random questions to assess how the class fared.
Invariably a few hands (mostly of the same set of brightest students in class),
go up, the answers are given and the class ends.
Educomp smartclass brings about a complete transformation in classrooms. The Science
teacher while explaining how a DNA replicates is able to show the class a 3D animation
of the DNA replication process on a large screen. She can explain the fine points
of the process, zoom in to show the relevant visuals, freeze and annotate when and
where she needs to emphasise. Similarly the History teacher shows the class a virtual
walk through of the Harappan Civilisation. Uncovering the relevant parts step by
step as a part of her lesson plan , while the Geography teacher shows a virtual
Block mountain being formed…all with engaging animations, colors, music, sounds
and voice. The teachers gain complete attention and interest of every child in the
class. Every child gets a visual input on how it happens and the concepts are well
understood and internalised.
Towards the end of the class, every teacher displays a set of questions on a large
screen; every child in class gets ready to answer the questions with their personal
answering device – SAS. Students click the answers, instantly; teachers are able
to get a score sheet for every child in class. She ends the class re –teaching the
parts of the lesson that were not understood well by class.
The result: faster and accurate understanding of the concepts in class and consequently
improvement in the overall academic performance of students. Now all of this was
possible with Educomp smartclass as it existed before CTS.
With CTS a lot more is possible. The science teachers can use a Diagram Drawer which
plays a step by step line drawing animation of say how to draw stages of DNA replication
or block mountain formation. She can get a brilliant Teaching Idea by clicking on
the Teaching Idea icon before she commences teaching. Or use the Topic Synopsis
or Mind Map to recapitulate the salient points of a lesson or concept taught. She
can also click on Simulation to show virtual experiments without having rely on
limited Lab availability. There are Worksheets, Weblinks and then in the days to
come access to smartclass Teacher Fraternity Resources an ideas and best practices
portal which will give any teacher to share and access pedagogical expertise.
- Improves teacher effectiveness and productivity in class.
- It brings abstract and difficult curriculum concepts to life inside classrooms.
- Makes learning an enjoyable experience for students.
- Improves academic performance of students.
- Enables instant formative assessment of learning outcomes in class.
- It also enables teachers to instantly assess and evaluate the learning achieved
by their students in class.