In Maharashtra 63000 schools adopt digital technology

Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis had said that in excess of 63,000 schools have adopted digital technology. “In January 2016, more than 10,000 schools went digital way. Now at the end of June this year, more than 63,000 schools have adopted digital technology. In the coming days, the students should get facilities such as e-learning and e-school”, the Chief Minister is quoted as saying by the FE report.

Fadnavis called for laying more emphasis on e-learning and e-school projects in the era of Information Technology. Fadnavis chaired a review meeting of the school education department at his official residence ‘Varsha’ recently. School Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Additional Principal Secretary of the School Education Department Vandana Krishna, among others, attended the meeting. The CM said that advance educational initiatives are being implemented to enhance academic quality and that the efforts are to be taken to raise the study standard of students.

Initiatives like Basic Reading Ability Development will help teachers to know the capacity of the students, he said. Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts are at the forefront according to the National Performance Survey, he said. “This percentage should increase in other districts also,” the Chief Minister added.

Tawde said the “Avirat” project is being implemented by school education department and in the first phase, over 40,000 teachers have been imparted training and added that the second phase of “Avirat” project is commencing soon.

Embracing digital education

Technology is neither foreign nor a fancy for the primary school children in Zilla Parishad School Maliwada, Shevgaon block in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. For digital education is well integrated with other ways of learning and part of daily routine in this school. Students not only watch educational films but also practice sums, gain exposure of world beyond and comprehend abstract concepts through multiple digital devices available in the school, say a report.

“Digital tools can be used in numerous ways as independent learning aids as well as to reinforce learning gained through other methods, Ganpat Daspute, the Maliwada School teacher says. Being tech-savvy himself, he has also developed digital content for his students with his Smartphone and user-friend editing mobile apps.

The breed of tech-savvy teachers like Daspute has swept Maharashtra making digital education a reality in government-run schools, says the report. By April 2017, almost 79% of government schools in the 36 districts in Maharashtra – 53,193 schools out of total 67,663 government schools have turned digital. This means these schools are making use of digital devices – from tablets, casting devices to projectors with interactive features and integrated computer – in their education with the sole aim of enhancing the learning experience of the students.

Nand Kumar, Principal Secretary, School Education encourages teachers to explore the digital devices. “The Smartphones in your hand are the most digital device. If you can use a Smartphone, you can surely learn digital technology”, he assures. Kumar’s appeal, along with the proactive initiative of a few tech-savvy teachers, gave the much-needed impetus to digital school movement in Maharashtra.

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