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  • 7/27/2019 Cloud Computing to Enrich Learning in Govt


    The Hindu

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    National Tamil Nadu

    Published: October 4, 2013 01:26 IST | Updated: October 4, 2013 10:53 IST

    Cloud computing to enrich learning in govt. schools

    Asha Sridhar

    Students at the computer lab at Government Higher Secondary School, MGR Nagar. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

    On Thursday, S. Meena and K. Lokesh, students at the Government Higher Secondary School in M.G.R. Nagar got tolook into the human heart in a singular manner. Unlike students in most other government schools who see heartspresented as flat illustrations in their textbooks, they saw one through a 3-D figure on a huge screen.

    As a result of an MoU between the School Education department and an NGO, Learning Links Foundation (LLF), theirschool has become one of two government schools in the State where technology will drive learning in a major way.

    The school has been given 11 laptops, 13 tablets, one interactive board, a projector and a wi-fi connection. However, themajor advantage is the introduction of cloud computing solution, which provides the school access to a digitised

    version of Samacheer Kalvi syllabus for classes VI to XII in Tamil and English.The facility at M.G.R. Nagar was inaugurated by P. Palaniappan, Minister for Higher Education on Thursday. The otherschool to benefit from the project is the Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Sriperumbudur. For students suchas S. Gajalakshmi, who have no computer or internet at home, the school is the only place where she can accesstechnology. My mother is a cook and we cannot afford a computer. I am excited that I will get to handle a tablet inschool, said the class X student.

    Usha Bhaskar, project head, LLF said the initiative, Project Aasman, is being carried out by LLF with support fromDell, which has provided the hardware. The cloud has a vast repository of teaching-learning resources. Thisprogramme will cover eight schools in the country for now, she said.

    G. Shanmugavel, headmaster of the school, said the new facility offered vast opportunities. Students can revise lessonstaught in class. If the teacher is going on planned leave, she can make a recording and upload it, he said.

    Keywords: cloud computing, enrichment of education, Government schools, Learning Links Foundation

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