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Introduction to social entrepreneurship Digital StudyHall (DSH), winner of the 2008 Tech Awards in Education.

Introduction to social entrepreneurship Digital StudyHall (DSH), winner of the 2008 Tech Awards in Education.

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    • Digital StudyHall June 2009
    • The Challenge: Improve Quality of Education in Developing Countries
        • Shortage of qualified teachers for slum and rural schools in developing countries
          • Teachers lack subject matter knowledge and understanding of effective teaching practices
          • Teachers are isolated and lack support and resources
    • The Digital StudyHall Model Overview
        • A community-based video production and sharing system
          • Films and distributes lessons taught by the best grassroots teachers to poor rural and slum schools on DVDs
        • Teachers at spoke schools use the DVDs to provide high-quality instruction to their students and train themselves
    • The Digital StudyHall Model Key Components A People’s Database of “Everything” Practical Technology for Community-Based Content-Sharing Mediation-Based Pedagogy Network of Hubs and Spokes
    • The Digital StudyHall Model Themes
        • Not about any one particular piece, but about building an “eco-system” of symbiotic pieces
        • Cheap, practical, effective, replicable on a large scale
        • Solve end-to-end education problem (not just a technology project)
        • It’s a people system!
    • The Digital StudyHall Model A People’s Database of “Everything” Practical Technology for Community-Based Content-Sharing Mediation-Based Pedagogy Network of Hubs and Spokes A People’s Database of “Everything”
    • A People’s Database of “Everything” Overview The Digital StudyHall Vision A People’s Database of “Everything”
        • Importance of Being
        • Video-Centric
        • Accessible to the largely illiterate community
        • Easy-to-scale content production (vs. flashware)
        • Effective in capturing pedagogy and showmanship of great teachers
        • Open-source , freely available content
        • Community-based : Content relevant to audience due to localized creation
        • Video-centric so audiences can use
    • A People’s Database of “Everything” Database Content
        • Classes are based on the state government curriculum and textbooks, and are filmed in organized, coherent sequences
        • The goal is to cover:
          • All subjects
          • All grades
          • All languages
    • A People’s Database of “Everything” Recording the Classes
        • Daily filming of live classes conducted by grassroots teachers
        • Filmed by local staff using cheap, simple equipment
      Pune Calcutta Lucknow
    • A People’s Database of “Everything” Bridging the Education Gaps: The Challenge
        • Content development must account for key differences between the privileged and underprivileged schools:
          • Teacher qualification
          • Language (e.g., English vs. Hindi medium)
          • Student background and environment
          • Textbooks (e.g., CBSE vs. Uttar Pradesh State Board)
      “ Rich” School “ Poor” School
    • A People’s Database of “Everything” Bridging the Education Gaps: The Solution
        • Pair the best teachers with slum students so classes filmed are audience-appropriate and bridges the education gaps
          • Classes are filmed in local language
          • Examples and language used are generalized (e.g., not specific to urban lifestyle)
      Best teachers from best schools Slum kids Slum kids Best teachers from best schools
    • A People’s Database of “Everything” Characteristics of Recorded Classes
        • Classes are highly interactive, with lots of:
          • Questions and answers
          • Role plays
          • Activities
          • In local languages
        • Science demonstrations via the recorded classes compensate for the lack of equipment, specimens, etc. at under-resourced spoke schools
        • Since 2005, we’ve accumulated over:
        • 1500 lessons in English, math, science
          • Languages include: Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, English
        • 1500 pieces of other complementary materials
      A People’s Database of “Everything” Current Status Classes Stories Plays
    • The Digital StudyHall Model Practical Technology for Community-Based Content-Sharing A People’s Database of “Everything” Mediation-Based Pedagogy Network of Hubs and Spokes Practical Technology for Community-Based Content-Sharing
    • Practical Technology for Community-Based Content Sharing The Process Cheap, simple camcorders / equipment to record classes “ Hubs” digitize and organize data
        • “ Hubs” sync with each other to build global database
      “ Hubs” burn DVDs to send to spoke schools Spoke schools use content with a cheap TV / DVD player setup 1 2 3 4 5
    • Practical Technology for Community-Based Content Sharing Equipment at Spoke Schools
        • Current Equipment
        • Spoke schools given TV, DVD player, and electrical equipment, including power supply if necessary
        • $550 per set of equipment
        • Cheap, easy to use, easy to replicate
        • Equipment Being Tested
        • Low-power solution based on “pico projectors” powered by a solar panel
        • $700 per set of equipment
    • The Digital StudyHall Model Mediation-Based Pedagogy A People’s Database of “Everything” Network of Hubs and Spokes Practical Technology for Community-Based Content-Sharing Mediation-Based Pedagogy
    • Mediation-Based Pedagogy Overview
        • In Mediation, the TV and a local teacher form a team
      • Model TV Teacher
      • Provides lesson plan and knowledge of subject matter and pedagogical practices
        • Local Teacher
        • Periodically pauses the video to “mediate” the lesson through mimicking, expanding upon, and tailoring the video content
        • Uses questions, activities, board work, role playing, poems and songs, etc. to deliver an interactive lesson
    • Mediation-Based Pedagogy Training for Mediators
        • Training occurs over time:
          • An introductory training session gives teachers fundamentals for mediation
          • DSH staff regularly visits school site to observe and give feedback to teachers
        • Training for spoke school teachers emphasizes:
          • Ways to interact with their students, while
          • Viewing videos together
    • Mediation-Based Pedagogy Peer Teaching
        • Good students are enlisted as class “leaders”
          • Can be effective in cases of teacher absenteeism
        • Potential of scaling skilled and motivated mediators
    • Mediation-Based Pedagogy DSH Role in Teacher Training
        • Local teachers learn from video teachers
        • Teachers should “graduate” from the DSH program
          • We want the local teachers to kick out DSH equipment in the long run
       Technology Replacing People People Replacing Technology
    • The Digital StudyHall Model Network of Hubs and Spokes Practical Technology for Community-Based Content-Sharing Mediation-Based Pedagogy A People’s Database of “Everything” Network of Hubs and Spokes
    • Network of Hubs and Spokes Overview
      • Each Hub :
        • Is a local center of excellence
        • Radiates content and methodology into neighboring slums and villages through:
          • Developing content
          • Distributing content to spokes
          • Supporting teachers at spoke sites
        • Connects with other hubs to populate global database and share best practices
      • The Spokes :
        • Beneficiaries of hub activities, often slum and village schools
        • Spoke school teachers build their own capacity through mediating the lessons
        • May connect with each other through the voice social network system
    • Network of Hubs and Spokes Key Benefits
        • Decentralized content production, distribution, sharing, training, and monitoring means:
          • Content is localized and relevant to audience (e.g., in local language, based on state curriculum)
          • DSH is easily scalable and replicable
        • Hubs can recognize and tailor operations to meet needs of specific region
        • Hubs can learn from each other through sharing of best practices
      Pune Calcutta Karachi Lucknow
    • Network of Hubs and Spokes Current Status
        • Operational hubs in Lucknow (IN), Pune (IN), Calcutta (IN), Dhaka (BD), Karachi (PK)
        • Each hub works with a number of poor village and slum schools, totaling about 40 spoke schools
        • Spin-Offs
          • Digital Green (Bangalore, IN): Spread sustainable agricultural practices
          • Digital Polyclinic (Lucknow, IN and Ghana): Rural public health care education
    • Network of Hubs and Spokes Spin-Offs from Digital StudyHall
        • Themes of Spin-Offs:
          • Community-based video sharing system
          • Locally relevant content
          • Mediator-based dissemination
          • Training of mediators results in local capacity building
          • Open-source content
      Digital Green: Agriculture Digital Polyclinic: Rural public health
    • Impact of Digital StudyHall Evaluation Study
        • Evaluation study conducted at 4 schools over 8 months
        • Assessed impact of DSH on:
          • Student academic achievement
          • Improvements in teacher pedagogy
        • Evaluation Methods:
          • Tests
          • Interviews
          • Field visit notes
      Madantoosi Kannar Mauthri Sarojini Nagar
    • Impact of Digital StudyHall Evaluation Study: Summary of Findings
        • Compared to non-DSH classes, DSH classes saw:
        • Significantly greater improvements in student test scores
        • Increase of teachers’ and students’ engagement with subject matter
          • Teachers asked more questions relating to subject material
          • Teachers better connected material to children’s daily lives
          • Teachers asked more sophisticated questions that require complex or critical thinking from students
        • Teachers adopted better pedagogical principles
          • More participatory practices and collaborative approaches
          • More effective use of illustrative tools
        • Caution : Findings should not be over-generalized.
    • Final Thoughts
        • Not about any one particular piece, but about building an “eco-system” of symbiotic pieces
        • Cheap, practical, effective, replicable on a large scale
        • Solve end-to-end education problem (not just a technology project)
        • It’s a people system!
    • Contact Us
        • Google for: digital studyhall
        • Website: http://dsh.cs.washington.edu
        • Email: [email_address]