In an effort to transform Government school classrooms into smart classrooms, Sampark Foundation, a leading NGO transforming primary education through frugal innovation, has launched Sampark FLN TV (a learning content device that converts TV’s into a smart learning television) forJharkhand’s government schools. This initiative is part of Sampark’s vision to drive large-scale improvement in learning outcomes and supporting government schools in becoming future-ready.
Till now, Sampark through a self-funded initiative has delivered the Sampark FLN (Foundational Literacy and Numeracy) TV device has been installed along with televisions in 185 schools in Jharkhand across 7 districts. (More info to be added)
Sampark FLN TV is a device that converts any television into an interactive learning platform, featuring quizzes, worksheets, animated content and so on. The device comes with preloaded lessons delivered by Sampark Didi. Significantly, this device can work offline too without any internet. The set-up includes an android set-up box and a remote with chapters organised according to the state curriculum.
It will drive learning outcomes by following the right sequence of ‘Learn, Play, Practice, Earn and Celebrate’. Teachers can provide students a better in-classroom experience thereby enabling students to better understand concepts. It plays a dual role of being both a means of lesson delivery as well as a database for teaching resources from lesson videos to question banks. The content is integrated with the Maths and English programmes of Sampark Smart Shala, an app by Sampark Foundation, which makes learning interesting and meaningful.
“The purpose of this initiative is to build on the existing vision of our foundation, which is to provide access to education in an innovative style at no cost,” said Vineet Nayar, Founder-Chairman of Sampark Foundation. “It represents our intent to bridge the learning inequity gap in government schools by offering them access to interactive and engaging content so that students can bypass internet scarcity to learn at their own pace. Unlike other edtech platforms, our initiative comes at no cost to schools. Instead, we are investing Rs. 100 crore ourselves to offer students and teachers a unique product that has been developed using unique innovations,”
Nayar added. “The highlight of our programme is its interactive user experience which will completely change the way students engage with learning material as the presence of Sampark Didi adds an element of dynamism and interaction to lessons which were previously being delivered through static textbooks.”
The Sampark FLN TV attempts to offer a solution to multiple challenges in the education sector such as creating an opportunity for improvement of physical infrastructure in classrooms, better learning content and engagement for students, overall holistic skill development and ensuring a space for learning for all kinds of students.
The key highlights of this initiative are as follows:
- The self-paced programme will be conducted in the classroom to transform the physical infrastructure of government schools into a smart class.
- The content can be projected to a bigger group that will create an interactive classroom
- It follows the well-researched and duly tested pedagogy styles of known-to-unknown, simple-to-complex, and concrete-to-abstract styles of lesson delivery.
- Lessons are offered in a gamified quiz style, a la popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati, where students will earn reward points for offering the right responses. These reward points will allow them to unlock access to content at the next level such as games and stories.
- Each student has a dashboard where their progress can be accessed and monitored by the school and the teachers
- All lessons have detailed content both from state textbooks as well as content developed by the Sampark team for specific skills such as speaking textbooks which offer an audiobook-like experience where lessons are narrated by Sampark Didi to help students build LSRW (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing) skills, using the ‘whole language’ approach developed by Sampark.
The Sampark FLN TV attempts to offer a solution to multiple challenges in the education sector. These include creating an opportunity for improvement of physical infrastructure in classrooms, better learning content and engagement for students, overall holistic skill development that is enhanced by the use of tech and ensuring a space for learning all kinds of students.