“Office Versus Field”
I’ve had the opportunity to re-visit some digital learning field sites in Pune in the last couple of weeks. I wanted to show you some of the contrasts between where I work and where I observe the technology in use in education efforts. This directly relates to my post “The T Word.”
3&4: Baner – Spacious and quiet office space where we code and create digital content. Shivajinagar – A meeting of शिक्षक shikshak (teachers) in the digital office where they are paid their stipend, discuss local new and gossip, and share new teaching techniques.
5&6: Baner – The quiet and lovely courtyard where we stretch and take breaks from long hours at the computer or in meetings. Shivajinagar – the alleyway in the neighborhood where the digital centers are located.
7&8: Baner – My computer running ASER datasets from technology initiatives across all of India, containing baseline and endline data for thousands of children evaluated by ASER. Shivajinagar – Three children gather around an old laptop to play videos after videos about fractions before taking their assessments for that week.
9&10: Baner – An assessment test created by ASER and Pratham to evaluate Math skills. Instructions are clearly marked in Marathi, although occasionally English is used. I was happy to see that even on English assessment tests, questions were always both in Marathi and English. Shivajinagar – A twelve year old student in Standard 7, Pramita’s notebook filled with math notes from the interactive educational videos.