Anjum is 11 years old and goes to the Government Lower Primary School in Shirahatti, Karnataka. The school sometimes conducts combined sessions for students across classes, due to insufficient classrooms in the building. Anjum’s father is a woodcutter and her mother, a housewife. As the eldest child, Anjum feels responsible for her younger siblings and she takes her studies very seriously.
A year ago, AIF’s Digital Equalizer program introduced the use of preloaded English phonetic content on digital devices and TLMs that would encourage children into speaking English self-assuredly. Today, Anjum looks like a confident young child who shows no hesitation in reading and speaking English. Her teacher Rafiya says, “Students in my class were struggling to get the phonetics right. They are very fascinated with the tablets provided by Digital Equalizer and have begun to speak in English confidently. I have observed improvement in my English class.”
Students, teachers, and parents are eager to move away from rote learning – the “chalk & talk” method where students are expected to memorize and regurgitate. By using a blended learning model, Digital Equalizer complements content delivered in classrooms by teachers resulting in increased student engagement. Students also learn the digital skills they will need later in life. Most importantly, the program recognizes the role of the teacher as an agent of change, and empowers teachers to be more effective while motivating and inspiring students to continue their education. At the core of the program lies the principle that technology is not a replacement for teachers, rather it is a solution that enhances the work of educators, resulting in high-quality teaching and collaborative learning in the classroom.
Students who attend Digital Equalizer schools demonstrate improved learning outcomes in STEM as well as core subjects. In 2018-19, an external study of Digital Equalizer schools found a 13% increase in the learning outcomes of math, science and social studies, 96% of the teachers were using technology in their classes, and there was a 30% reduction in absenteeism.
Digital Equalizer transforms teaching and learning into a dynamic process that engages with students and teachers alike. To ensure that Digital Equalizer’s benefits reach as many schools, teachers and students as possible, AIF partners with state governments to scale and sustain the work and providing technology as a means to an educational culture of engaged learning and innovation.