We have lift off of SHLOK ‘X’. SHLOK X is a collaborative effort between SHLOK foundation and Dr Sugata Mitras team. Dr Mitras team has been kind enough to work with us and launch this pioneering effort for some of our government schools. This platform is also called SOLE or School in the cloud.
What is the buzz all about. Well a few years ago Sugata Mitra had done an experiment in India where in he left a computer system connected to the internet and put inside a wall. he left without explaining the system to anyone. When he came back he saw that people had learnt stuff about the internet, languages and this had also started the process of peer to peer learning. Dr Mitra went to win the TED X prize in 2013 for the Hole in the wall experiment.
On the 5th of Sep 2014 we launched SHLOK X in SHLOK’s birthplace (GMPS Puttenahalli, Bangalore), the simple idea is that SHLOK X can facilitate self learning or the spirit of enquiry among the students and bring a sense of wonder to the classes they attend to in government schools.
The methodology is simple. A teacher simply poses a question to a group of 4 to 5 kids asking “Why is the sky blue?” or something from thier subject areas and asks them to research the topics using thier laptops and internet connections. After a session of about 30 minutes each group comes forward and makes a presentation.
The most challenging task was getting the internet connection since we had to depend on the service providers. Enquired with a couple of providers and shortlisted airtel. After consulting with airtel rep. we ruled out the option of cabling and went with wifi router. There were many follow ups and a long wait of nearly 2 months but we finally got the internet setup in the computer lab.
Next was getting the laptops ready. some did not have batteries and some did not support wifi. Got all the laptops fixed. Also printed out shlok labels to go on the equipment.
initial internet fee – Rs.500
Fixing computers and accessories – Rs.6959
Internet fees paid so far – Rs. 5016.48
Total spent so far – Rs. 12475.48
It amazed me to see that the kids picked up on internet browsing within minutes of being given the system. the level of excitement and energy felt in the room was high.
SHLOK X will give an opportunity to the students studying in government schools. it seems so simple in thought and execution and yet will bring in the changes that we seek from the primary school education system in government schools where SHLOK X is deployed.
While i was leaving the class the students seemed happy at the end of our session and wished me “happy teachers day” with the enthusiasm that only school kids could muster.
There are approximately a 1000 government schools in Bangalore, and you can start something like SHLOK X or join us in our efforts.
Come join SHLOK and simply “Imagine|Impart|Inspire|”