Taking a cue from various education applications used by private schools these days, the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG) is all set to introduce a two-way interactive mobile-based platform, along with other interactive media, for parents and students where they can share their queries and feedback in real time.

The pilot project, will be launched by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the nodal agency in 10 government schools of Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad villages, after Uttarayan vacations (January 15).  After the trials, it is expected to take off across the state within six months.

At present, the education platform provided by BISAG through 13 dedicated education channels is only one-way, that too only audio-based.  For instance, students or teachers can only raise their queries by calling the toll-free numbers at the end of the session.  This will be replaced with real-time video calling.

“With this, BISAG wants to take education e-content a step ahead from one-way to two-way visual interactive platform.  All the technical detailing has been completed along with experiments to assess its feasibility.  Various options of the platform, including WhatsApp, Skype, VSL and others, have been offered to SSA,” said BISAG director T P Singh.

“Among 10 schools that have been shortlisted for the trials are seven from Gandhinagar district and three from Ahmedabad areas, including Mansa, Kalol and Pethapur,” says SSA state project director Mahesh Singh.

Apart from interactive audio-visual platforms, there are also attempts to come up with interactive boards for e-content lessons on BISAG channels.

Source: The Indian Express