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Rural Kashmiri Students Embrace Digital Learning at Army Goodwill Schools in Kashmir

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Rural Kashmiri Students Embrace Digital Learning at Army Goodwill Schools

Army Goodwill Schools – Education in Kashmir has been difficult over the years due to unexpected shutoffs, online outages, extreme weather conditions, and other factors. Furthermore, because people in Kashmir live in isolated mountain towns, they are unaware of changes occurring outside their borders. These factors have also made it difficult for students and educators in Kashmir to start receiving a quality education.

The Indian army has committed to the development and education of Kashmiri students. In accordance with this philosophy, the army has established several Army Goodwill Schools in remote and difficult-to-reach areas. However, teachers and textbooks are the only sources of education for students in these schools. The Indian army has recently provided additional training and resources to teachers in order to help them provide a high-quality education to their students. This includes computer labs, science labs, and much more, but regular use of available resources could not be driven, sometimes due to an unprecedented shutdown, poor internet, the complexity of hardware equipment, and full-time reliance on electricity.

This is when they contacted iDream Schooling to integrate an extremely simple, handle, and set-up system that fits into the natural psychology of teachers, increases student engagement, and eliminates the need for internet, electricity, or space. This initiative digitised 128 classrooms with Smart Class and a digital library with tablets in the schools, as well as an iPrep App for students to pursue learning at home.

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What happened when the iDream Education team first met AGS students and teachers in Kashmir?

When they met with teachers and students at the AGS in Kashmir, they discovered that teachers are concerned about their students’ futures due to irregular school education caused by unprecedented shutdowns, extreme weather conditions, and other factors. They began to understand their difficulties and discovered that the academic calendar of schools in Kashmir is shorter, and students and teachers must cover the entire syllabus and learn all concepts in the shortest amount of time. Despite these obstacles, the students were adamant about succeeding. Team iDream Education learned from student interactions how students would sneak onto their parents’ phones at night to view YouTube.

iDream Education has implemented various types of digital instructional methods in AGS, Kashmir.

Tablets and the iPrep Digital Library (TabLab): Smart ICT Lab based on tablets, with 20 tablets for students and 10 learning tablets for teachers. Each tablet was preloaded with content on SD cards and was aligned to the J&K Board for all classes 1st to 12th in both Hindi and English.

iPrep Digital Class: Smart class was incorporated with display screens and screens, as well as by establishing up a local server in each school, allowing teachers to access digital content for all classes aligned to the J & K board on all computers with a single login. It is a one-time effort implemented with the natural psychology of teachers who watch TV at home in mind.

More than 2000 free subscriptions to the iPrep app were distributed to students to allow them to continue having to learn from home during the covid-induced lockdown. Students were given access to curriculum-aligned digital content for all classes in both Hindi and English.

A lockdown occurred immediately after the implementation of digital libraries with tablets and smart classes in schools. As the iDream Education team went to implement the solutions, they became stranded in Kashmir for an extended period of time. This was the point at which principals and teachers reached out to their team members, concerned about maintaining continuity in students’ learning. To address this issue, iDream Education gave students access to the iPrep app, which allowed them to continue their studies from home. Students eagerly downloaded the app onto their parents’ phones, which contained digital content that corresponded to what they were learning in their classrooms via textbooks. Simultaneously, iDream Education shared regular usage reports with teachers to assist them in tracking student involvement and progress.