• How does this model work?
        1. eVidyaloka sets up a Digital Classroom (Delivery channel) of 15'x12' size, comprising,
          1. A CPU connected to a 32" LCD screen
          2. A high power Camera and a Conference Mic
          3. Powered by a broadband connection provided by BSNL
        2. The Volunteer Teachers can be located anywhere across the globe, and only require access to a computer system, webcam, headset and broadband connection.
        3. eVidyaloka team does the orchestration of schedules between the Centre and the Teacher 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 an eClassroom Skype ID which will be shared with the assigned Teacher Volunteers and vice versa.
      • Who takes care of the classroom set up in the remote location?
        1. We have a local partner in the villages (NGO/Community lead) responsible for handling the classroom set up.
        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 ensure they attend the class on time.
      • How many such eVidyaloka centers exist today and where are they located?
        1. Please find the details here:eVidyaloka Centres
      • Where is the Digital Classroom set up?
        1. Currently the eVidyaloka Digital Classroom is installed in 90+ Centers.
      • What age group of children is taught?
        1. Children of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades are currently taught - typically the age group of 10-14 years.
      • What subjects are taught?
        1. The primary offerings are Mathematics, Science and English.
      • What curriculum is taught to the children?
        1. The children are taught the same curriculum as prescribed in their respective local schools; typically, the local State Board syllabus in the local medium of instruction.
        2. The focus is to ensure that the children understand the concepts clearly, which is the primary objective of the initiative.
      • So is it a replacement of what is taught in the school?
        1. No, it is a supplement/complement 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 Teacher Volunteers?
        1. We segment the volunteer as per the language speaking skills and assign to the centers 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 well 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 the immense passion and driving force integrated by the volunteers in their classrooms, this challenge eventually becomes a non-issue.
      • How is power interruptions handled?
        1. Class schedules are worked out keeping the local power shut-downs in mind.
        2. There are also 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 centers have electricity supply.
      • How can I Help/Volunteer?
      • There are so many ways that one can help contribute to the revolution of quality education in remote villages of India. Some of the options to choose from are:
        1. - Sign up and become a Volunteer Teacher.
        2. - Help develop a standardized Lesson Plan, design teaching tools and collect learning material and become a Content Volunteer.
        3. - Develop IT Systems supporting the class operations.
        4. - Volunteer to administer the back end class operations and become a Volunteer Class Administrator.
        5. - Sponsor/Donate individual classrooms, annual operating costs or general donations. Donate
        6. - Or just be our well wisher, evangelize and spread the word. eVidyaloka on Facebook
      • BTW, what does 'eVidyaloka' mean?
      • e stands for:
        Electronic (Technology)
        Empower Rural communities
        Enable people to give
        Environment friendly
        Vidya - Education
        Loka - World symbolizes 'human connect'