YouTube has launched an Indian school curriculum focused education channel called Edu India. This channel features subject & class specific videos for 1-11th standards. YouTube has created separate channels for standards 1-12 and subject-specific playlists for each standard.
Types of videos & subjects covered: The videos tackle individual topics under subjects like Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, and Geography among others, and provide explanations, examples, problem solving and in some cases exam tips & tricks. Some of the videos are live-action videos, in which a teacher instructs students from what looks like a TV studio set, while other videos are in the form of webisodes with teachers providing audio instructions and demonstrating the same on the screen through graphics. In case of webisodes, a complete transcript is also provided below the video. The channel also offers workshop-like & animated videos for students in primary school (standards 1-4). Topics covered under each subject are quite comprehensive and the there are some videos specifically for students studying in CBSE & ICSE board affiliated schools.
Impact: While watching a video on exponents under the Maths playlist for standard 8 students, I was thinking it would’ve been so great if I had this during my school days. I could’ve revised topics I didn’t pay attention to at school, and it could’ve been the perfect ready reckoner before exams. Plus, my Maths teacher wouldn’t have been glaring down at me while I fumbled my way through every problem. The best part is that the content is available for free and accessing it simply requires a student to click the play button.
YouTube mentions that the content & form of the videos have been created by a group of tech savvy teachers and members of the Google Educator Group (GEG) India community. YouTube will be adding new videos to the current playlists and replacing existing videos with better ones.
NROER initiative: Last year in August the Indian government had launched an open repository for school education called National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER), which claims to offer concept maps, videos, audio clips, audio books, multimedia, learning objects, photographs, diagrams, charts, articles, wikipages and textbooks for all grades in multiple languages. The HRD Ministry had recently claimed that the NROER portal has received over 45 lakh hits from 71,447 unique visitors, and that it has 13,773 registered users and contributors of e-content.
Readers will remember that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had also partneredwith five international and national publishers last year in July, to provide students with online resources for English, science, social sciences and mathematics, including over 4500 animated content, 80 hours of live lectures and six hours of digitized simulation material.
Meritnation LIVE: Earlier this month, online learning platform Meritnation.com had launched an online lecture program Meritnation LIVE targeted at CBSE students between the classes of 6-10 in India. The program will offer online live classes for Science & Maths from MeritNation chosen faculty.