Create Engaged Classrooms With Class Saathi
June 21, 2019

Are your classrooms passive with only a few participative students?

Can your classrooms be more fun and engaging for all without any infrastructural changes?

Can you use technology for effectively managing your class?

[caption id="attachment_28985" align="alignnone" width="704"]Composite school (K-8) classroom in Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh. Students showing their Class Saathi clickers after taking a quick assessment.[/caption]

Class Saathi is the perfect solution that uses minimal technology, complements the existing classroom infrastructure and yet makes learning fun for each student and supports teachers with classroom management.

India has the largest K-12 education system in the world with 260 million children enrolled in schools. Of this, only 64% progress to secondary and higher secondary sections. The biggest reason for this high dropout is low levels of attainment.

Among Grade 5 children in rural India, 52.2% cannot read a Grade 2 level text and 74.1% cannot solve a division problem. In Grade 8, the corresponding values are 27% and 56.8% respectively.

The one-size-fits-all approach to teaching in classrooms largely contributes to the dismal learning levels of the students.

There is no assessment of student learning levels and with this approach students feel disengaged, disinterested and eventually drop out of school.

Class Saathi allows the teachers to conduct quizzes with ease without any additional administrative work. Students use their clickers to respond. Teachers get real-time data on the number of students who responded correctly.

This helps the teacher to suggest remedial measures for students who frequently respond incorrectly or to target teaching to suit the needs of the students.

With adaptive teaching, there is an improvement in learning and thus students feel engaged. The clickers encourage all students to respond without apprehension as their responses remain anonymous to everyone except the teacher.

They can also, at the press of a button, ask for help and the teacher will be notified of this. Anonymity and the fun of using a physical device certainly increase class participation.

The Class Saathi solution also helps teachers create groups for any group activity. Introduce students to the concept of peer evaluation, where they rate each other's group work, assess their peers, or evaluate their own learning/performance.

All of this brings in joy in learning, without burdening the teacher with any additional work. And by initiating these activities with ease, the teachers are imparting 21st-century skills of collaboration, cooperation, and creativity in the students.

The teachers can time each quiz, have the option to blank out the screen or use the attention feature as a support to manage the classroom. Teachers can not only record and monitor the attendance of each student but also behavior on a daily basis.

The seating arrangement feature suggests seating of students based on the analysis of their performance in quizzes, their attendance and behavior. This feature helps teachers create additional support for students who need it by seating them with the ones who are fast learners.

Considering giving students a voice as a global best practice in education, one of the simplest ways to achieve this is by soliciting student feedback and suggestions on various aspects of classroom and school functioning.

Class Saathi allows schools to do just that by using the poll functionality. When students have a platform for expression, they experience empowerment, engagement, and investment in their own learning and progress.

During our pilot with 5 government schools in Varanasi, we saw an impact on classroom attendance by 10% and learning outcomes by 8% within a month.

Class Saathi is thus the perfect partner in changing classroom dynamics forever!

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