The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the digital divide in many sectors, especially education. The Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) identified these gaps and the need to promote e-learning for prospective learners and launched ‘Teach with Tech’ for students and teachers on Friday.
The project aims to create digital content in line with the National Education Policy 2020, train teachers in the use of digital tools to improve the learning process, develop and impart skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students .
Professor Ajit Kembhavi, principal investigator of PKC, said on the occasion: “We are all familiar with the conventional teaching methods where physical lessons, teachers give physical lessons in classrooms and students take notes in books. But the Covid-19 pandemic affected physical learning for many students for lack of digital tools. But the pandemic has helped to introduce distance learning.”
“We have now launched a digital learning project before a similar situation arises. This is a step to stay prepared and keep learning. The project will also help teachers stay informed,” he added.
PKC has adopted five schools in Pune where the pilot project will be introduced in the current academic year. Using its CSR funding, Lenovo will support the project by providing tablets to the schools identified in the project.
Teach with Tech aims to run 100 sessions in the coming months, 20 for each of the five schools. The aim is to reach 750 students and 250 teachers from Zilla Parishad schools in Pune in the pilot phase.
Pankaj Harjai, APAC Table Head, Lenovo, said: “Lenovo wants to enable and facilitate education for teachers and students through technology.”
The five schools benefiting from the project are Modern High School, Shishu Vihar, Pune Vidyapeeth High School, Shri Shivaji Vidya Mandir, Nutan Marathi Vidyalay Girls High School and Baburao Gholap School. At the Shishu Vihar school, the project will be carried out for students of classes VI and VII.
The timely availability of tablets or cellphones for learning is an urgent problem for Marathi medium schools, a Girls High School teacher said.