The Future For The World & For Schools is Video
One of my special memories while working at NDTV involves a reputed Delhi school. The principal of the school in 2013 was a guest on a programme that I was hosting for a campaign called ‘Marks for Sports’. On the live show, without any prior notice I asked her if she would give admission to Shubham Jaglan, who had just won a World Junior Golf event in his age group. She didn’t bat an eyelid, the answer was ‘yes’ and the admission was done in the same week.
Shubham has since won many more tournaments, been interviewed by Aamir Khan on the show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ and featured in the global media for being one of the India’s biggest success stories in sports. He was a milkman’s son from a village in Haryana who learnt golf from YouTube videos and then practiced in khets or fields before becoming a star. In nearly every media appearance he has profusely thanked his school saying they are the reason he can now do interviews in perfect English. \
Yet a search on the Delhi school’s website has none of these videos of him thanking the principal, or the felicitation he gets in the school – only photos and some articles. Perhaps the school is being modest or they don’t have the wherewithal to put up video on their website.
This is where Net2School comes in – it’s a company formed by media veterans like myself and this is what we offer schools:
1. Live streaming
Any event that is happening in the schools can be broadcast live over the internet. Net2School provides schools with a hardware device which connects to any video camera and enables it to go live instantly
2. Video library
All live streams are recorded and stored for later viewing. The school can also upload video shot by student/teachers via their smartphones and make it accessible to the whole school.
3. Live or recorded ‘Mann Ki Baat’ talk
Our live streaming technology enables the school management to address the parents live via the internet and even record messages for later viewing of parents.
We provide schools with a simple way to go green by taking their yearly printed school magazine to an online format with videos that can be viewed on a phone or computer
This is a secure service that allows schools to maintain total control on what is uploaded and who can watch the videos unlike YouTube or Facebook. We can easily link up to the official school website too Net2School also aims to become a content provider for all things related to schools. We hope that when schools invite prominent guests such as the Dalai Lama – it will feature as a video for everyone to watch rather than a three line mention in the newspaper – that too without a photo!
To this end we were delighted to partner with The Progressive Teacher Conclave in Delhi in August 2016.
You can watch the recording of the event at this address: www.net2school.com/progressiveteachersconclave It was a great delight to see teachers at the event who were being awarded, excitedly calling up their family to watch the live streaming.
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, says, ‘video is a mega trend almost as big as mobile’. Here are some facts that confirm this.
- 18 billion videos are viewed per day on just two social networks – Facebook & Snapchat.
- Cisco predicts that by the year 2020 – 82 percent of global internet traffic will be video.
- Facebook has 1 billion active users per day – and they predict that five years from now they might be all video.
So in other words – the world is moving to video and schools need to keep up. Students and parents no longer want photos of their child’s annual day or a DVD to buy one month after the event. They want live streaming or recordings of everything important that takes place in a school whether it is a special assembly or the Model United Nations or simply a football match featuring class 5A vs 5B.
Not surprisingly the government, corporate houses and media have also realised the importance of video. The Delhi government in Delhi has invested in a slick video production to convince the public that they are serious about improving government schools in the capital.
Meanwhile over the last few months more than Rs 1 crore has been announced in prize money for videos made by students or others to demonstrate the impact of schemes like Swachh Bharat.
Net2School can help in this area as well by providing media training for teachers & older students in the use of smart phones for recording and editing. That would eliminate the need for expensive TV equipment and man power which would greatly benefit schools in the long run.
Incidentally a TV channel in Switzerland created news all over the world when they announced that they would shoot and edit all their stories purely on iPhones to save money!
So what are you waiting for – turn your school students and staff into TV crews and produce your own content. Tell your students, their parents and the world about what your school does differently or better and how it contributes to shaping the future of our country. It is all in your hands and Net2School is happy to help.
Sonali Chander is a well known & respected sports anchor with 20 years of experience in television. During her stint at NDTV she was responsible for anchoring and creating India’s first daily sports show in 2001. She has travelled extensively to cover Indian cricket in particular and has interviewed every big name in the world of sports from Sachin Tendulkar to Serena Williams.
She’s been a two-time winner of the best sports anchor award at the Hero Honda Indian Television Awards, Her weekly show ‘Cricket Controversies’ which ran for five years with Navjot Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja was named the best sports chat show by the Indian Telly Awards.
More recently Sonali had been working for the ‘Marks for Sports’ campaign which aimed to make sports a part of the school curriculum all over India.
She is currently a director with Net2School – a portal that provides schools with the technology and support to live stream events, organise video archives and switch from printed magazines to e-magazines.
A bachelor in Sociology from Delhi University, Sonali was also selected for a broadcast journalism scholarship at Cardiff University in 2000.