Digital classrooms open a new chapter in schools

Schools, big or small, have realised the potential of getting multimedia-based content to support teaching in the classroom .Digital classroom service providers, including Educomp Solutions, Pearson Education Service, Tata Interactive Systems and Birla Shloka Edutech, have forayed into the non-metro regions to provide such services.
The total market size for digital classrooms was estimated at Rs 3,000 crore in 2011, and it is expected to grow at 25 per cent this year. There was potential for digitising 800,000 classrooms in the smaller towns. This is not restricted to private schools; Smartclass pilots are underway in some government schools as well.
Educomp’s Smartclass, the digital classroom solution, has been adopted by 10,000 schools across cities, small towns and rural areas spread across 560 districts in the country. Besides metros, large cities and towns, Smartclass is also present in schools at little-known places like Bherunda (Rajasthan), Barot (Himachal Pradesh) and Samba (Jammu & Kashmir) among others. Today, 70 per cent of Smartclass adoptions are taking place in schools in Tier-II, -III and -IV cities, as well as in rural areas.
There are close to 15 lakh government and one lakh private schools in the country. Only 7-10 per cent of the private schools have tapped the potential of multimedia classroom teaching, whereas in government schools, it has barely made any inroads.

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