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    Project Category : digitalLEARNING (Private Sector Initiative) :: Best Multimedia Content for K12 Education
    Project Name : DigitALly™

    Details of Applicant :

    Name :
    Preethi Frederick
    Address : Pearson Education Services, 10, 3rd Main, Ashwini Layout, Intermediate Ring Road, Ejipura, Koramangala
    City : Bangalore
    State : Karnataka
    Country : India
    Zip Code :
    560 047

    Details of Project/Implementing Agency :

    Name of Organisation :
    Pearson Education Services
    Address : Pearson Education Services, 10, 3rd Main, Ashwini Layout, Intermediate Ring Road, Ejipura, Koramangala
    City : Bangalore
    State : Karnataka
    Country : India
    Zip Code : 560 047
    Name of the head of Organisation : Meena Ganesh
    Website :

    Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :

    DigitALly™ is our patented teaching tool that helps teachers manage an open repository of learning objects, which are multimedia-enabled and syllabus-specific. The multimedia content helps in making the classroom learning more engaging – resulting in better understanding and retention of concepts. It also empowers teachers to customize their teaching sessions, keeping the learners’ pace in mind. DigitALly™ has various content types like animations, videos, self-explanatory diagrams, concept maps, 3D interactivity, worksheets, quizzes, e-books and past year question papers– all of which are regularly updated. The application offers two modes of usage: Teach In Class (TIC)  This is an easy-to-use and attractive interface through which teachers can access the preloaded content in the classroom.  Objects are mapped to the School curriculum, which helps teachers discover the desired object based on his/her teaching plan.  Ready-made Teaching slides with context specific links to multimedia objects  In addition to the teaching slides, teachers can take advantage of Knowledge Library which is a special feature covering topics like Edutainment, Infozone, Poems/Rhymes, Atlas, 3D, Anatomy, and Entrance Prep.  My Links and my institution features enable teachers to show the custom content created/ added by him/her or other teachers. Prepare For Class (PFC) • In the PFC mode, teachers can make changes to the preloaded content, add new objects or edit learning objects created by other teachers/users. • Teachers can find the desired objects either by a quick search , using keywords or by navigating through the course curriculum. Search results are categorized into object types like videos, animations, E-books, 3D objects, images, teaching slides, lesson plans and many more, which helps the user reach to the desired type quickly. • Teachers can create teaching slides and create in-line links to the learning objects from the search results. • Teachers can also create a favorite list of objects to show in the classroom which is easily accessible when needed . • Teachers can create/edit question papers using repository of questions and print the same for the classroom usage. • PFC enables schools to add new subjects/chapters and UI clearly demarcates the school added courses. • TIC and PFC are tightly integrated, all custom content added/edited/created in PFC is accessible in the TIC.

    Why was the project started :

    At Pearson Education Services we realized that although the traditional chalk-and-talk teaching method was a fairly accepted method of classroom delivery, it did not really encourage collaboration and interactivity in the classroom. We saw the need for a more comprehensive and engaging model for knowledge delivery that would result in a better understanding and retention of concepts. Hence, we created DigitALly™ which offers vibrant and engaging multimedia content ensuring an interactive classroom and easy understanding of difficult concepts. Also, we wanted to create a tool that empowers teachers to customize their lesson plans and vary their teaching method to suit each student’s learning requirement and pace. DigitALly™ helps teachers do just that. They can edit the preloaded content to suit their requirements and also add new subjects and content. They can also edit content created by other teachers and users.

    Objective : To convert the traditional classroom into an interactive learning session by combining state-of-the-art hardware with syllabus-compliant, multimedia content.

    Target group: Teachers and students

    Geographical reach: Across the globe

    Date from which the project became operational: 2007

    Is the Project still operational: YES

    10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

    1. DigiClass is based on Cognitive Learning and reiterates the relationship between “the known” and “to be learnt” by associating new material with something familiar.
    2. DigiClass\’s multimedia content DigitALly™ – with AV, demonstrations, simulations, rhymes, games, activity sheets, animations, videos, self-explanatory diagrams, concept maps, 3D interactivity.
    3. DigitALly™ is a Teacher Centric Application for classrooms and the emphasis is on teacher led learning.
    4. DigitALly™ enforces “Separation of Concern” with Create and Teach Mode.
    5. DigitALly™ is preloaded with various content types (worksheets, quizzes, e-books, old question papers).
    6. Ready made Teaching slides with context specific links to learning objects.
    7. Creation and customization of Teaching Slides on Microsoft PowerPoint.
    8.DigitALly™ is an open repository: institutions can add new learning objects or courses.
    .9. DigitALly™ makes all learning objects (preloaded as well as added) automatically search able in a single user interface.
    10. Empowers the institution with a powerful reporting dashboard to track the effectiveness of DigitALly™ in the classroom.

    List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

    1. The Marico Innovation Award given to companies that seek to make a difference to the world through outstanding innovations.
    2. President Award for IT – Our E-education initiative, in association with Global Telemedicine Healthcare Network Foundation (GTHNF), won this award for the implementation of DigitALly™™ in 40 schools across Shillong in unfavorable conditions – bad weather, power failures, and sub-par infrastructure conditions.
    3. Manthan Award for Best e-Content Development honors excellence in Digital Content Development across Southeast Asia. DigitALly™ won this award – from among more than 230 nominations – from 8 countries across Southeast Asia. 1. World Education Award for Best Multimedia content for K-12 education, 2011 2. Jury Award at e-India 2011 for the Best use of Technology for teaching/learning process in Schools.

    List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative :

    1. Content relevant to respective syllabi: We successfully created master content for all major syllabi across India, using internal resources
    2. Helping with the usage of the solution post installation: We put full time resource coordinators in schools on Pearson rolls to ensure the day to day usage of the solution and the usage reporting to the management. We also put in place a process of hand-holding to resolve day to day issues from stakeholders
    3. Implementation & Hardware Upkeep: We created regional hubs where we keep additional spares to enable faster replacements/rectification of hardware to ensure quicker upkeep & maintenance
    4. Curriculum Changes & Updates: We initiate quarterly releases of updates to our content repository to effect changes in curriculum, newer content and usage of better technology tools.

    List the 5 points how can the programme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

    1. The programme is offered on a BOOT Modal (Build Own Operate & Transfer) which reduces the burden of Initial heavy investments for the colleges
    2. Turnkey solution combining, infrastructure/hardware, academic content mapped to respective universities, comprehensive training for stakeholders and upkeep of the solution
    3. Regular content upgrades at no additional cost for the colleges in the contractual period
    4. Empowerment to lecturers/professors with standard flow of teaching with a huge repository of academic multimedia content.
    5. Greater usage creates student interest in learning thereby increasing their recall and retention capacities resulting in better Results

    List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative :

    1. The architecture used in the school premises is similar to a web based offering. It has the capability to service hundreds of classrooms/clients concurrently.
    2. The institutions have the option to add as much of content objects as they need depending on the free disk space. There is no limitation on the number of content objects.
    3. It is designed to be fault-tolerant. Right from its individual APIs to the environment has the virtue
    4. “Take a Backup” feature lets the institution create backup snapshots that may potentially act as a replicated environment.
    5. The content in the school is secured on a virtual environment. This prevents the environment from eavesdropping and Trojan attacks.

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