• How does this model work ?
        1. A digital classroom (Delivery channel) of 15'x12' size comprising,
          1. A CPU connected to a 32" LCD screen
          2. With a high power Camera and a Conference Mic,
          3. Powered by broadband connection provided by BSNL
        2. Teachers can be located anywhere across the globe would require access to a computer system, webcam, headset and broadband connection.
        3. eVidyaloka team does the orchestration of schedules between the Centre and the Teaching volunteers, depending on the children availability (Demand) and the teacher availability (Supply).
        4. Currently, Skype (www.skype.com) is the vehicle for Class delivery. The remote Centre will have a eClassroom Skype id which will be shared with the assigned teaching volunteers and vice versa.
      • Who takes care of the class room set up in the remote location ?
        1. We have a local partner in the villages (NGO/Community lead) responsible for handling the classroom setup.
        2. The local coordinator is capable of operating the Computer and help with the connection.
        3. This person also will also be aware of the class schedule and coordinate with the children to have them on time in the classroom.
      • How many such eVidyaloka centres exist today and where are they located ?
        1. Please find the details here : eVidyaloka Centres
      • Where is the digital class room setup ?
        1. Currently we have the eVidyaloka Digital Classroom installed within the School in 17 locations. One other is in our local partner premise.
      • What age group of children are taught ?
        1. Children of Class 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Typically in the age group of 11-14 years.
      • What subjects are taught ?
        1. Our primary offering are Mathematics and Science.
        2. We are providing English in some of the centres, as a secondary offering.
        3. A mixed set of topics is provided in the Summer Camp (in April and May), which include basic computer literacy.
      • What curriculum is taught to the children ?
        1. The same curriculum as prescribed in their local schools. Typically the local State board syllabus and in the local medium of instruction.
        2. Our focus is in ensuring that the children understand the concepts clearly, which is our primary objective of this project.
      • So is it a replacement of what is taught in the school ?
        1. No, it is a suppliment/compliment to what is being taught in the school. The students are guided in learning the concepts and applying them in their other curricular activities and projects.
      • How is the local language handled by the Teaching volunteers ?
        1. We segment the volunteer as per the speaking language skills and assign to the centres accordingly. For example, a Hindi speaking volunteer will be assigned with a Centre in Jharkhand while a Tamil speaking volunteer for a Centre in Tamil Nadu.
        2. Even though the volunteers can speak the local language, most of them face the challenge of teaching technical terms in the local language.
        3. While currently it is handled better as they take a couple of classes and getting used to that medium, eVidyaloka is mitigating this by providing supporting transliteration contents for every topic between English and the local language, as a teaching aid.
        4. With passion in play this challenge becomes a non-issue after some point in time.
      • How are power interruptions handled?
        1. Class schedules are worked out keeping the local power shut downs in mind.
        2. We also have backup inverters where power cut is erratic, ensuring an uninterrupted class
        3. Where no power supply is available, we are working on an alternate power source like Solar. Currently, all our centres do have an electricity supply.
      • Any other similar initiatives/projects exist ?
      • We constantly strive to connect and align to avoid re-invention of wheels and also possibly try to partner with them . Following are few initiatives that we are tracking : Non-commercial:
        www.khanacademy.org
        www.icarnegie.com
        www.ivolunteer.in
        www.agastya.org
        http://www.eurekachild.org
        http://www.karaditales.com
        Certain commercials business too exist in this space, but predominantly catering to the western markets and tier 1, upmarket segment.

      • How can I Help/Volunteer ?
      • This is everyone's platform to play a role and contribute to this cause. One can :
        1. - Sign up
        2. - Teach Online from the comfort of their home/office.
        3. - Help develop a standardized Lesson Plan for the contents, offline.
        4. - Develop IT Systems supporting the class operations.
        5. - Volunteer to administer the back end class operations.
        6. - Sponsor/Donate individual class rooms, annual operating costs or general donations. Donate
        7. - Or just be our well wisher, evangelize and spread the word. eVidyaloka on Facebook
      • BTW, What does 'eVidyaloka' mean ?
      • e - Electronic (Technology)
        Educate
        Empower Rural communities
        Enable people to give
        Environment friendly
        Vidya - Education
        Loka - World symbolizes the Human connect

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