Mr. Manish Upadhyay


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Presentation given by Mr. Manish Upadhyay, COO, EnglishEdge on July 14,2011 at WORLD EDUCATION SUMMIT ( in the School Education Track: LOCALISED LEARNING IN A GLOBALISED CONTExT: CAPACITy BUILDING, CONTENT AND TRAINING OF TRAINERS

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  • Manish, This is a well researched presentation...thanks for sharing it. At the ground level we need more and more teachers who are trained to use technology in the class-room. Or else Most of the investments done by the Public schools like DPS etc. does not yield the desired results... what i see is that students are media ready but the teachers are not :-( . warm regards. Ashish
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Mr. Manish Upadhyay

  1. 1. School Localized learning in global context – Capacity building, Train the trainers & Content Presented by – Manish Upadhyay COO, English Edge
  2. 2. My Current Focus <ul><li>Creating Effective & Scalable Learning solutions (for every learner) </li></ul><ul><li>English Edge (my current company) – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make teacher more empowered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make student confident English speaker & eventually more employable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of technology to create effective & scalable English Learning solution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have recently launched & achieved some early successes in our Tablet based portable language lab product </li></ul>
  3. 3. Defining School Student Parents Classroom School (or School System) Community (Home for this group of students) The world at large (beyond the community) School Board Principal Administrative & Support Staff Teacher Other teachers (and unions) Other students, friends
  4. 4. Capacity Building – Supply side <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enough & Permanent School buildings within decent distance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enough space for new labs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Separate toilets for girl students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…… .. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting adequate number of teachers (Best practice benchmark 15:1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving teacher attendance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training /re-skilling teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abolishing Multi grade teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>……… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher training – access to tools that support continuous learning throughout the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centralized trainer tracking tools –E.g. Offline LMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kinkajou projector (DTM) in Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BridgeIT, Tanzania (Video content – 3G Mobile – TV) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English is Fun - Radio based program, Bihar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Govt. Commitment - Each South Korean school students with a tablet by 2015 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solutions like English Edge Portable lab – works around infrastructure issues </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Capacity Building – Demand side <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Six zones of Exclusion Model (CREATE) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Handling First generation learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing Dropout, non- enrolment, low attendance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For student motivation, teachers to be trained in effective Pedagogy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vertical methods v/s Horizontal methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>……… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>M.V Foundation (Shankerpalle Mandal, A.P) – accept child throughout the year, “Class one Khali Karo & community led- no child works” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents engagement – awareness & monitoring ( audio computer – Radio-Kiosk) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning devices ( Augmented learning through Mobile , low cost tablets) to enable Group activities, Project based learning with huge Learner autonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative / community led learning Farmville type of projects </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Content Transmission Generative Critical (Transformative) Monologue – Tell Process of inquiry, exploration & Discovery Traditional Content Content & Process to actively engage From Classroom into the world Think critically about the world – Self & Social transformation Created by experts Structure created by experts - Content User generated Ex. Language Subtitling Structure created by experts - Content User & Community generated Ex. Community Radio, Farmville type
  7. 7. Thanks
  8. 8. Annexure
  9. 9. Kinkajou Microfilm Projector <ul><li>Improve and expand access to education by transforming night-time learning environments in rural, non-electrified settings </li></ul><ul><li>Night-time Literacy classes -Successful pilots in Mali </li></ul>
  10. 10. English Edge Portable Language Lab .. Devices move around to the place of learning . .. Fixed computers can’t be used outside the lab
  11. 11. Audio computer <ul><li>Low cost interactive audio device - Less than $ 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Users can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>store and play multiple audio programs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>record new audio programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>copy the audio content to/from the device. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>playback the audio at slow speeds for reading practice of an associated text document. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>audio-hyperlink to another portion of the program for more detail or a related piece of information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>answer multiple-choice questions, enabling interactive learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The device accepts power from standard, locally available batteries, but also accepts new batteries that can be recharged with solar power. </li></ul>
  12. 12. “ English is Fun”, Bihar For half an hour, four days a week - 122-episode English learning programme. Seven million students attending 65,000 primary schools in all the 38 districts of the state. The state government has given 1,000 rupees ($25) to every primary school to purchase a radio set.
  13. 13. Language Subtitling Movie based pilot based on SLS and custom methodologies - to help the learners acquire basic English vocabulary Helping children from disadvantaged background to pickup elementary English language speaking skills.
  14. 14. Farmville
  15. 15. Augmented Learning
  16. 16. Thanks