Gyankunj is a school digitalization program to enhance classroom interactivity and teaching-learning process with the help of technology tools, like Projector, Interactive Infrared Camera, Laptop, Speaker, Whiteboard, Wi-Fi Router, etc. Initially, this program is executed at Class 7 and Class 8 of 1609 schools (1500 Schools + 109 KGBVs) to accelerate the efforts of the Gujarat Government in the Digital Mode of Education.
It aims to make ease of understanding for each unit of the curriculum in the classroom itself by using technology as a medium. Gyankunj model uses a whiteboard, laptop, projector, IR camera, and interactive software for interactivity in the classroom, the laptops are connected wirelessly or via USB or serial cables. A projector connected to the laptop displays the desktop image on the whiteboard and an IR camera uses high-speed image sensors which can intelligently track and learn the environment and allow for a seamless information control with any display with real-time interaction and writing speed without any lag and superior interactive performance. The IR camera accepts touch input from the infra-red enabled pen. It also helps schools, teachers, and students to stand globally competent with the help of education technology.
Role of SSA is gyankunj initiative
SSA is engaged in providing quality education to the children in the State of Gujarat through the primary and upper primary schools run by Government.SSA is the Government of India’s flagship program for the achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) in a time-bound manner. In Gujarat, the SSA project is implemented by the Gujarat Council of Elementary Education, an autonomous society registered under the Society Registration Act, 1860, and the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. It focuses and research on existing schools with inadequate teacher strength are provided with additional teachers, while the capacity of existing teachers is being strengthened by extensive training, grants for developing teaching-learning materials, and strengthening of the academic support structure at a cluster, block, and district level.
What is Gyankunj Programme
Gyankunj is a school-based digitalization initiative that aims to improve classroom interaction and the teaching-learning process through the use of technology tools such as a projector, an interactive infrared camera, a laptop, a speaker, a whiteboard, and a Wi-Fi router extender.
Its objective is to strengthen the teaching-learning and evaluation processes. This includes the following:
- At the elementary school level, an interactive e-class with a smartboard was developed using technology.
- Provision of a projector, an infrared camera, a laptop, a speaker, a smartboard, and a Wi-Fi router in 3173 classrooms of Std.7 and Std.8 at 1609 Government Primary Schools across the State.
- Teaching-learning through the use of electronic content and resources available on the internet for grades 5 to 8.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat launched the “Gyankunj” project on 5th September 2017 – Teacher’s Day – to bolster the state’s efforts in the area of digital education, inspired by the vision of Digital India.
There was an increasing need to close the digital divide and raise awareness among the next generation about rapidly changing technologies. Integration of ICT would necessitate modifications to numerous aspects of the delivery mechanism. Gujarat SSA Transformed the Computer Aided Learning (CAL) concept into the Gyankunj Classroom Interactivity concept in order to increase classroom interactivity and to reinforce teaching, learning, and assessment through school digitalization.
Here are the top reasons why the Gyankunj initiative exists:
- To increase classroom interaction by improving the teaching-learning process for both teachers and students.
- To utilize technology to enhance the teaching, learning, and evaluation processes.
- To facilitate comprehension of each unit of the curriculum in the classroom through the use of technology as a medium
Scope of Coverage:
The project is being implemented in 1,609 Government primary schools, with interactive e-classrooms developed with the use of smart boards in 3173 classrooms for grades V to VIII. The 3173 classrooms are distributed across the State’s 33 districts and 242 talukas (blocks). This initiative benefits a total of 2.85 lakh students in classes V to VIII. The state government uses this scheme to ensure that it scales operations and increases the population’s digital inclusion. Additionally, in phase 2, the project is implemented in 12000 classrooms of Std. 7 and Std. 8 throughout the state, equipping them with facilities such as a short-throw projector, an interactive whiteboard, a laptop, speakers, a Learning Management System (LMS), and usage tracking software.
The project was implemented entirely on the basis of demand and supply. The project is being implemented in schools where teachers are enthusiastic about using technology to facilitate academic transactions. Teachers applied for the Gyankunj class at their schools using a Google Form published by GCEE-SSA.
Gyankunj’s implementation model was developed specifically to provide a holistic IT infrastructure that supports the Teaching-Learning process while adhering to the school’s requirements and the State’s ICT vision. The state government’s implementation methodology is as follows:
- Daily School Activity Reports
- Real-time updates from schools on commissioning, pending maintenance support requests, and progress during training.
- Demonstrating success stories under the Repository Dashboard, which is accessible at each level and includes customised reports.
- Indications to agencies for immediate action
- Ease of evaluation On the agency side, progress and pending actions
- This online tool keeps track of all processes, including hardware complaints, vendor management, SLA compliance, theft replacement, and physical damage cases.
- Empowerment of Teachers : The implementation of technology-based learning solutions has had the following effect on teachers:
- Improved Lesson Delivery: Teachers have been able to improve lesson delivery through the use of technologies such as computers and multimedia content by making the learning process more interactive and increasing students’ attentiveness.
- Acquaintance with New Tools: Teachers have been able to develop technological capacities for faster adaptation in today’s world as a result of exposure to new technologies such as computers and multimedia content development.