Learning is hard. For most people. Because most of us are average learners.
Learning is hard also because the teachers in schools are not well trained, the classroom size is large, the socio-economic status of some students is low, there are not enough resources in the classrooms, and/or the students don’t expend enough time and effort outside the classroom.
In developing countries like India, there are thousands of schools that suffer from these problems. Surviving on minuscule government funds and poor management, these schools fail to teach their students effectively.
A technology-centric non-profit organization
There are many non-profit organizations in India and the US that serve the underprivileged kids. They are focused on training teachers and arranging for resources. Is it possible to build and implement a technology-based learning product for such schools when these schools lack even basic computers?
This is a question my wife and I have set out to find answer to. A few years ago, we’d decided to found our own education-focused non-profit organization to help poor schools teach their kids. This model requires two things:
Software/Learning product: The learning product can use an adaptive model to help the kids learn by creating a personalized learning path.
Hardware: I envision two options.
- Cheap 10″ tablets embedded in the desks to prevent mobility and potential damage. This model can be used in the classroom under the teacher’s supervision.
- Large touchscreens in kiosk-style stations. This model can be used outside the classroom in common areas to foster group learning and collaboration.
In the next post, I’ll elaborate on my adaptive learning model.
An Adaptive Learning Model for K12