All govt schools to get digital boards from Classes IX to XII


The Centre government is set to launch a new scheme to provide digital boards for Classes IX to XII of all government schools. According to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, as many as 15-lakh classrooms will get digital boards. The scheme will be implemented under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, an umbrella scheme rolled out recently to implement Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Teacher Education Programmes together. To provide blackboards to schools, the Centre had launched ‘Operation Black Board’ in 1987 under the Rajiv Gandhi regime. But today, according to Javadekar, the centre is launching ‘Operation Digital Board.’ Since the cost of digital boards is ‘very high,’ the government is planning to reach out to the India Inc for contributions under the corporate social responsibility (CSR). Installation of digital boards will allow schools to adopt “flipped classroom model” of teaching and learning. A flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which short video lectures are viewed by students at home before they attend their classes.