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Is the Indian Education System Undergoing a Digital Change? 

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For a long time, the Indian Education System was considered outdated since it had clung to the traditional methods of teaching, and it was only by accident that they adopted a more digital way of teaching to cope with the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19. After the Pandemic most schools and educational institutions were closed for many months, eventually, they have transitioned to a more digital mode of education. 

Adapting to modern teaching and learning is essential in modern education. Nonetheless, how ready is CBSE, as well as other state boards, for this digital revolution? There’s a long way to go in the Indian education system, but MP Board, catering to this requirement, has adapted the TabLab, an integrated digital learning ICT lab and a tablet-based digital library designed specifically for government schools. The program simplifies the use of tablets for government schools for digital education, providing offline content according to state standards and in their local languages. A variety of digital content is available on the tablets, including multimedia animated content, videos of project and activity ideas, and a digital book library.  

Why Should Indian Education Go Digital? 

In adopting digital content and online methods of teaching, the Indian education system is taking a step forward. Besides the convenience of catching up on classes missed during the pandemic, what other advantages do schools derive from going digital? 

  • By providing better content access to teachers, it increases the efficiency of teaching and student engagement 
  • Lesson planning and classroom management become more effective
  • In today’s fast-paced world, results are expected within seconds, so digital learning caters to this current state of affairs
  • It also helps to improve the critical thinking aspect in the children 

Consequently, with this change, the education system moves from a teacher-centric to a student-centric approach.  According to the analysis and detailed insights in a report, factors like training and ecosystem engagement, as well as addressing the lack of access to devices and the internet, is an effective way to increase uptake of digital learning in education. As a result of its recognition of the complexity and diversity of the Indian education system, the report provides guidance on a comprehensive set of guidelines that enable any school, district or state to take full advantage of digital learning. 

In a similar fashion to the MP Board, other state boards are utilizing digital-based learning. For instance, iDream Education offers interactive and engaging digital content for smart classes in the schools of Rajasthan Board. Content for Smart Class follows Rajasthan Board content guidelines for the classes 1st to 12th and is available in both Hindi and English.

We can therefore safely assume that it is best for Indian schools to go digital since the modern education system is dynamic and requires teachers to change, learn, and grow along with their students. For digital education to take off in India, an ecosystem of public, private, and social sector players needs to be brought together under a comprehensive strategic vision; and administrations, schools, and teachers need to be equipped with the tools, approaches, and training necessary to unlock its benefits. Let’s hope that even after the schools are reopened, the education system will combine and adapt to the best properties of traditional schooling and digital learning. 

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