Educational Initiatives – Pratham Infotech Foundation
Today, more children than ever are enrolling and attending school. But classroom attendance does not translate to meaningful learning. The 2018 ASER survey indicates that the average Grade V student in India is at least two years behind in grade appropriate learning.
A key challenge to improving classroom learning is the highly heterogonous nature of classrooms with students different learning levels. This problem is exacerbated by teachers rushing to complete curricula due to the rigid school systems. Additionally, millions of students are 1st gen-learners having limited home support.
Under the QEI-DIB, Pratham Infotech Foundation (PIF) and Educational Initiatives (EI) have rolled out Mindspark – a pedagogy-based adaptive learning software that integrates regular classroom teaching and building capacity of schools.
Evidence shows that computer-assisted personalized learning solutions could be a promising approach to help address this challenge. Mindspark has a demonstrated track record, showing impressive learning gains in rigorous studies. “The progress made in language and Math by (Mindspark) pupils was greater than in almost any study of education – and for a fraction of the cost of attending a government-run school”. – The Economist (2017)
EI-PIF ‘s vision is to use data on student learning gaps to create an adaptive learning program that is aware of how students learn and to remedy gaps through tailor-made questions, activities, games and challenges. Mindspark works in step with the curriculum, and allows teachers to both control the topics and use data to understand student progress and learning gaps. Using automated data collection and analytics, Mindspark enables a transparent, easily accessible data dashboard to measure and track progress on leading metrics.
Roopa Billava, Co-Founder, Pratham Infotech Foundation
“Performance management played a very important role in success. Field observations along with management team were very helpful. We would identify issues, brainstorm solutions while involving the field team, and these best practices were then taken across schools. Additionally, it brought different dimensions to data analysis.”
About Educational Initiatives
Founded in 2001, Educational Initiatives Private Limited (EI), is India’s premier assessment research and educational technology organization, working with the vision to create “a world where children everywhere are learning with understanding”. Over the past two decades, EI has undertaken over 80+ projects with 50+ partners (16+ languages, 40+ detailed studies published) across geographies, socio-linguistic backgrounds in India and abroad, for more than 10 million students across different grades. For more information visit: www.ei-india.com
About Pratham Infotech Foundation
Pratham InfoTech Foundation(PIF) is a non-profit organization that works in India to bridge the digital divide, facilitate the adoption of information technologies (IT) in education, and equip disadvantaged youths with skills, tools and capabilities that new global economy demands. PIF runs IT-based training, educational and community capacity building programs in underserved schools and communities. It was started in the year 2004. For more information visit www.pif.org.in