The World’s Most Innovative Schools: Digital Study Hall, India

May 4, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

India’s “Digital Study Hall“, founded by a former headteacher, records teachers’ lectures and distributes them to schools in rural areas and slums, using what they call the “Postmanet” (in other words, they send DVDs by post). Every participating school is given a TV and a DVD player. I like this because of the way they’re working with the grain of existing technology. DVDs and TVs are readily available (often as a single unit), so they use them. The internet isn’t, as of yet, so they just use the post.

Once the DVDs arrive, students watch itwith a “mediator” in the room with them, who leads discussions and activities. The “mediator” may be a trained teacher, a local resident, or a student. At one Digital Study Hall, the Kannar afternoon school, one group of students attends the morning school for free in return for teaching others in the afternoon school.

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Digital Study Hall website

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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