Blackboards to disappear from class soon – Machine learning, AI, data analytics to replace them

Digital board, DOB
Rrakash Javadekar

Blackboard has been an integral part of our learning process, but a few years from now it may disappear from the classroom. However, with the turn of an era, the integration of technology in education from school level has become necessary. At a time when the world is ruled by data-driven technology companies like Google, Amazon, Alibaba, Facebook, among others, digital classrooms will help to exploit emerging technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics. Besides that, the students will have access to the vast repository of online resources. As India is one of the major sources of total data, the government is betting on capitalising on this opportunity. Safely we can say that there will be a lot of job opportunities in technologies like machine learning, data analytics and artificial intelligence in the coming year, as the government is trying to end the hegemony of a couple of foreign big technology companies in this space.

Use of digital boards in place of blackboards will make the teaching process more interactive and popularise flipped learning as a pedagogical approach.

Digital tools will help students grasp technology at an early age. From 2019 itself, the government will introduce digital boards across the country in government and government-aided schools from class 9 onwards as well as in higher educational institutions. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched Operation Digital Board yesterday in New Delhi.

The government recently launched online free platforms like NROER,NPTEL, e-pgpathshala, e-Pathshala, DIKSHA, SWAYAM and SWAYAM-Prabha DTH Channels, etc, for students.

UGC will implement operation digital blackboard (ODB) in higher educational institutes (HEIs). There will be digital education in every classroom in the country by 2022, UGC said. In the first phase, UGC will take up 300 universities and 10,000 colleges covering 2 lakh classrooms.

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