Rajasthan learning model added as a case study by Harvard

JAIPUR: Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government have added an educational program to improve learning outcomes in public schools as a case study.

The program is based on artificial intelligence and the intervention of ICT in regular studies. It was validated by expert group Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J Pal) in 2018 and 2019 by Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.

The program was initiated by the Educational Initiative in partnership with the state government to assess the impact of the ICT program in the classroom in October 2017. It has been extended to 100 schools serving 15,000 students in 13 districts. The case study aims to demonstrate the impact of technological intervention in improving learning outcomes.

It also includes interviews of students who have made significant progress in the studies. Lalita Prajapat, who lives in a village of Dhadra in Churu, has overcome the weakness in solving mathematics. He was presented with ICT-based learning and in a matter of days he was able to solve questions in seconds and has improved his understanding of language.

The J Pal evaluation report prepared by Kartik Murlitharan, education sector, co-chair, JPAL, honorary advisor (education and social), NITI Aayog, said there has been a 25% improvement in primary, 80-100% in schools intermediate. learning outcomes in math and hindi. The report has been prepared using international evaluation methods designed and approved by the Nobel couple.

The program received praise for its advanced cost-effective technological interventions. Under the program, Mindspeak Lab has established itself in Aadarsh ​​schools working on specially designed software. Each school has an average of 20 Chromebooks and a server. Begin by taking a baseline test of each student and prepare the personalized pedagogies accordingly.

The program incorporates several interactive questions, different learning materials, such as video formats, etc. Engage with students by training them on how to start the server, use a Chromebook, handle connectivity errors, synchronize data and navigate the Mindspark

A mobile monitoring panel has been made available for directors and government officials that allows them to view data on any mobile phone. These panels continue to provide real-time data on the use of Mindspark by students.

By continually collaborating to make our program the latest generation, we have unequivocally established that it is indeed possible for children to learn with understanding, which is a testament to the effectiveness of well-researched educational technology solutions, said Srini Euphoric Raghavan, co-founder and CEO, Educational initiatives.

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