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ISchool
E-Curriculum for Bangladesh
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Overview

Students in Bangladesh (as is the case in many other developing countries) have a tendency of memorizing equations and paragraphs without proper understanding. This counterproductive practice stems mainly from the lack of adequate facilities (no labs, computers etc.) and the acute shortage of qualified teachers in high schools. iSchool tries to come up with a sustainable and cost effective solution to this problem.

The core task is to supplement the already existing education curricula (of the National Board of Education in Bangladesh) by creating an interactive virtual lecture series (containing animations of various concepts, integrated video clips of various experiments, processes, lab videos, video shots from interactive software etc.) that will be in direct reference to the standardized textbooks.

The input to the students will be multi fold as opposed to just having a teacher explaining text in a traditional sense. There will be a background voice explaining the textbook materials in a chronological manner (think of it as a audio lecture available in both Bengali and English). The audio will in in phase with various experiments, animations and assorted video shots from various interactive software to provide further stimuli to the students. The emphasis is clearly on the real life viewing of labs and the various experiments carried out in labs. Most of the lecture series will be compiled and edited at MIT.

History

The iSchool program began in 2008 under the stewardship of Raqeebul Islam Ketan, MIT '11. He received the MIT PSC fellowship to implement iSchool.

Quick Facts

  • iSchool will create an interactive virtual lecture series (animations of various concepts, integrated video clips of various experiments, processes, lab videos, video shots from interactive software etc.)
  • iSchool compilation will be stored in video discs (VCD) for viewing purpose to the students in Bangladesh. This will require a VCD player and a television as opposed to the much more expensive alternative of using a computer.
  • All students in Bangladesh under the national curriculum use the same set of textbooks.
  • We would like to provide a one time scholarship to the extraordinary few students to continue the project.

Administration

  • Raqeebul I Ketan - Project leader (MIT PSC fellow)
  • Sudipta Sarkar - Project Superviser