Schools pick video books to drop bag weight

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Pednekar puja.pednekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Ev­ery evening af­ter school hours, stu­dents of RN Po­dar School, San­tacruz, are glued to their com­puter screens at home, watch­ing videos. An ar­ray of emo­tions – a smile, a guf­faw, and brows knit in puz­zle­ment – play on their faces as the video pro­gresses and text­books lay for­got­ten at study ta­bles.

What has them hooked is not a Bol­ly­wood pot­boiler, but ‘video books’ of their teach­ers ex­plain­ing con­cepts such as con­gru­ent tri­an­gles, con­vex and con­cave lens and chem­i­cal re­ac­tions, us­ing an­i­mated di­a­grams, whacky one-lin­ers and even break­ing into songs.

But it’s not just fun as ques­tions from the teach­ers popup at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to test whether the stu­dents are pay­ing at­ten­tion. A wrong an­swer and the video au­to­mat­i­cally rewinds back to that con­cept.

This is one of the sev­eral other ‘flipped learn­ing’ con­cepts — lec­tures de­liv­ered through video books that must be viewed by stu­dents be­fore and af­ter school — used by schools across the coun­try to lighten stu­dents’ school bags. The class­room is largely meant only for as­sign­ments and hands-on learn­ing, and stu­dents are not re­quired to carry text­books to school.

A pi­lot study by RN Po­dar found that a di­vi­sion of Class 6 stu­dents taught through the ‘flipped learn­ing’ method, had 11.6% bet­ter re­call of con­cepts, 9.5% more an­a­lyt­i­cal un­der­stand­ing and 5.3% bet­ter ap­pli­ca­tion, with 64% more stu­dents scor­ing more than 80% as com­pared to their coun­ter­parts from other di­vi­sions who were taught us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods.

Schools are set­ting up fullfledged stu­dios equipped with green screens and teleprompters on their premises, where the teach­ers face the cam­era to de­liver 10-15-minute-long lec­tures, which are scripted to the last de­tail.

CON­TIN­UED ON P11

SIDDHANT JUMDE

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