Case Studies

Mr. Prabhudeva, the Head Master of Jakkur Government High School, is very supportive of the CLT e-Patashale ‘Smart Class’ that was implemented 3 years ago. Since then, there has been good improvement in the learning outcomes of his 9th and 10th graders. This is despite the fact that his school did not have teachers to teach Physics and Maths for the last 2 years.

Facilitators, and even the head master himself, are
able to teach these subjects even if they do not have subject expertise. In rigorous scientific evaluations, e-Patashale has led to a two-fold learning improvement in English test scores and increased engagement between students and teachers.

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Mr Javaraiah, the Head Master of Gorur Government School, is very proud of the fact that his school was the first school in Hassan District to get a solar-powered e-Shale ‘Smart Class’ (In partnership with Menda and Selco Foundation). In the initial stages, many teachers thought that e-learning would never become a permanent fixture in their school, because it was seldom that the government schools could afford them.

He was amazed that an entire curriculum for the Middle School can fit into a small device and the multi-media content can be stored and projected at any time. He was also pleasantly surprised that 5 students from neighboring private schools had migrated to his government school. He is pleased with the learning outcomes of the students and is hoping to acquire the content in English medium, in addition to the regional language (Kannada) that his school already has.

CLT e-patashale created a lot of excitement among the teachers at Gorur Middle School and High School that it drew the attention of Mr Paneesh, the Hassan District level coordinator of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He was impressed with the cost-effective learning model that was sustainable even with severe power cuts. It is also easy to implement and requires only one day of training for the teachers. This inspired him to source the required funds to have ‘Smart Classes’ implemented in 12 more schools in his District.

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Mr Shivakumar, the Head Master of Hulikal Government School, is excited about the changes e-patashale is bringing. Dropout rates have dropped 92% from 5% to 0.04% since the implementation of e-patashale. He attributes this achievement to the transformation in the learning environment from passive to collaborative. The digital content is developed by expert teachers and the interactive and engaging content is aligned to state-board curriculum.

The continuous usage increased the teaching capacities of the teachers as well as learning outcomes of students. CLT e-patashale is changing the face of e-learning in remote areas. In the past, e-learning in remote areas would seem to be an unattainable goal due to the high cost, frequent power cuts and no internet access. However, CLT’s partnership model circumvents all these problems. With its low-cost and accessible model for development and delivery, CLT is able to bring high quality education to rural government schools.

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Rotary Bangalore West

Rotary Bangalore West, a part of Rotary International District 3190, has been associated with Childrens Lovecastle Trust since 2013. After helping to eradicate polio from India, Rotary is now focusing on improving literacy levels and the quality of primary education in India through its TEACH project.

Rotary clubs have traditionally been providing dictionaries, notebooks, benches and constructing toilets in urban and rural schools serving the under-privileged. The TEACH project added one more aspect in the form of ‘E-Learning’. The digital educational content as per the Karnataka State syllabus in Kannada and English medium developed by CLT has been of great help to Rotary in the effort to spread the benefits of e-learning to over two hundred schools supported by Rotary clubs in Rotary District 3190.

Initial attempts to load the CLT software onto refurbished PCs and laptops for use in beneficiary schools brought out various operational deficiencies – lack of reliable power in rural schools, difficulty in servicing the computers, safety and security of the equipment and so on.

CLT has comprehensively addressed these issues by putting its digital syllabus-based audiovisual content onto handy Android MiniPCs. These gadgets consume very little power and are virus-proof. On its part, Rotary developed a portable steel stand along with solar power supply with battery and inverter and a powerful digital projector that can display the CLT content inside every classroom to provide an undiluted ‘smart class’ experience even in the most remote and inaccessible school.

With support from Menda Foundation, over one hundred of the portable e-learning units powered by the CLT educational content have been installed in schools during the current academic year. Glimpses of the feedback from a few schools are given below:

Maruthi Rural High School, Kabbagere, Koratagere Taluk, Tumkur District

This school is located in a village that is so much in the interior that it does not have mobile phone signals. The school teachers are making full use of the CLT audiovisual content to supplement their teaching. The Headmaster Mr Nagaraja Rao (mobile number 9164888006 ) is confident that thanks to the CLT teaching aid, there will be a minimum ten percent improvement in the SSLC results as compared with last year. Rotary Bangalore West sponsored the e-learning unit for this school.

Polerama High School, Jolupalya, Bagepalli Taluk, Chikkaballapur District

This school is located in the native village of a member of Rotary Bangalore South West. The e-learning unit is the latest gift of the club to the school after school benches and a Reverse Osmosis Treatment Plant in the school premises to overcome the fluoride problem in the area. HM Mr Sathyanarayana (mobile number 9483137425 ) is very happy with the CLT audiovisual lessons and says this improves the attention and understanding of students.

Government Urdu High School, Austin Town, Bangalore

Rotary Bangalore Midtown has contributed for construction of a new building for this 90 year old school located near St Philomena’s Church, off Richmond Road. The children who attend this school come from under-privileged sections of society. The local MLA Mr Harris was impressed with the CLT audiovisual classes and commented that the e-learning module provides the same teaching aids to the students of this school as is available to students of expensive private schools in the vicinity. Contact person Mr Venkataraman (mobile number 9945436757)

Government High School, Bachhahalli, Devanahalli Taluk, Bangalore Rural District

This school is supported by Rotary Bangalore RMV. Though located just thirty kilometers from the centre of Bangalore, the area suffers from extended power cuts. The HM Mr Muruli (mobile number 9986004377 ) feels that the CLT syllabus-based content has helped slow learners to better understand difficult concepts in Science and Mathematics.

Government Higher Primary School, Chokkanahalli, near Hebbal, Bangalore

This school is supported by Rotary Bangalore Vijayanagar. Because of the increase in private schools in the area, the number of students in this school has been coming down year after year. As a result, the number of teachers has been reduced by the Government, leading to inadequate teacher-student ratio. The CLT audiovisual content makes it possible for the school to cope with the teacher shortage. Students eagerly look forward to the classes when the CLT lessons are shown. Contact person Rotarian Shivakumar (mobile number 9449850593)

The synergy between the pedagogic and technological expertise of CLT and the social network of Rotary clubs and members has made it possible to provide a rugged e-learning module that brings the best of technology and content to communities that are most in need. The CLT E-Patashale syllabus-based local language driven audiovisual content is at the heart of this effort.

  • G Shantaram
  • Rotary Bangalore West
  • gshantaram@gmail.com

Menda Foundation

E-shala program of Menda Foundation, CLT India and Selco Solar Pvt Ltd has helped the rural schools in Karnataka to equip with solar powered e-learning program. CLT India, the knowledge partner has been providing quality digital content based on Karnataka State Syllabus, which is one of the major highlight of the program. As per the statistics available, by the end of 2015, more than 350 schools# will be installed with e-shala program with the digital learning content developed by CLT India. The content is been helpful for teachers as well as students in understanding the concept better with live wxperiments and quality animations. A training for the teachers are also given by CLT India, As a part of the program which helps the teachers to understand the methodology that they have to follow and to bridge the quality of education between urban and rural schooling. Also, contents have been improved and updated regularly after getting feedback from the schools. On the whole Menda Foundation is privileged to collaborate with CLT India in serving needy children to improve their quality of education.

Mr Arjun Menda
Trustee
#The program has grown to over 850 schools as of November, 2016

Rotary India Literacy Mission

Dear Mrs Bhagya Rangachar,

Greetings to you from Rotary International District 3190.

We are happy to certify that RI District 3190 has established around 240 e-learning systems in equal number of Government schools in Karnataka and all of them have used " e- patashale "software. The Software has proved to be an effective tool to teach English Grammar, Science and Mathematics from 5th to 10th Standard students. We have received very positive feedback from the schools confirming that after they started to teaching using this software, the performance of the students have improved dramatically. The teachers too find the software extremely user friendly.

We will have no hesitation in recommending " e-patashale""software to any school wanting set up a e- learning center in their school.

With best regards

H Rajendra Rai
Zonal Coordinator,
Rotary India Literacy Mission

Testimonial by Dr Carolyn Johnson

Feedback from American India Foundation Trust

Integrating CLT in DE Process

As the contents are divided into sub topic it is easy to go with planned 45 minutes session and both explanation and experiments are provided in one MP4 content the facilitator/teacher can start or pause as per the requirement of the class and during explanation of the content local examples and linkages to daily life is provided. After each important topic (within sub topic) highlights for review and recap is provided. It is used effectively in DEWOT and FC classes. The concept of a DEWOT and flipped classroom focuses on creative classroom environment, student engagement, active learning, reducing the load of teaching. In flipped classroom teaching the class will act like a workshop where students can inquire about lecture content, test their skills in applying knowledge, and interact with one another in hands-on activities. During class sessions, teacher functions as facilitator, advisors and encourages students in individual inquiry and collaborative effort. The flipped model puts more of the responsibility for learning on the shoulders of students while giving them greater motivation to experiment. Activities are student-led and communication among students will become the decisive dynamic of a session dedicated to learning through hands-on work.

DEWOT and Flipped class can be done at the regular class room or outside the classroom. It depends upon the space and infrastructure available at the school level and teacher’s enthusiasm and creativity. The core objective of flipped classroom teaching is itself to change the way and style of regular teaching. Here are some ideas or examples to teachers to use the content effectively in flipped class room teaching; (Teachers can conduct the class in their own way according to the FC Methodology).

This type of teaching will help the teachers to teach easily without any struggle and children are able to participate in the teaching and learning process very actively it will helps us to construct a standardized questionnaire based on HOT and LOT (60:40),and plays a crucial role in empowering teachers to create an enabling environment and make the teaching learning process more effective, teachers will also know how to integrate technology in their teaching learning process and build the skills of the students for the 21st century.