Technology has touched not one but every single vertical the world operates in. Education today is not restricted to the four walls of the classrooms of yesterday where the exchange of ideas was restricted to the typically recommended books and hard-coded courses. The 21st century has necessitated utilisation of the largest reservoir of information- The World Wide Web; thus, creating an ecosystem of opinions, beliefs and considerations of what we know as modern education. Since every speck and particle now exists in a huge cloud called the ‘internet’, why not consider an amalgamation of cloud sourcing and technology with our educational system? Why not make classrooms ‘Smarter’. Since the concept of digital is now introduced to us, anyone, anywhere across the globe can now access, gain and share the learnings and experiences across the 3-billion internet users who are also constantly adding their bits to the information pool. Books have now changed to e-books, personal computers to tablets, blackboard to a whiteboard which is connected to a projector, and 2D to 3D learning.
Rich multimedia material for student makes Smart Classroom more co-operative and interesting. Its basic constituents are a personal computer, projector, and interactive white board. With this impression, a class can now virtually elucidate a simple chemical reaction between two compounds via YouTube, the geography of rivers can be understood through Google Maps and lectures presented via Skype, which saves time and avoids hardships of travel. Today, many universities and educational institutions provide global programmes riding on the back of these technologies making it possible for people from different parts of the world, sitting in different time zones be able to access content at the same time. Today, the art of educating in smart classrooms is happening more through screens- be it television, laptop or films. Basis the promise that the industry shows, a wide variety of companies have started investing in this direction- anti glare screens, projectors, interactive white boards, video access, learning capsules- you name it and the industry is getting more and more robust. Companies like BenQ that holds the top position in projectors market, are providing bright solutions to the classroom as well. Educators and administrators are enhancing learning with the help of BenQ projection systems.
The smart interaction system that BenQ offers, proves to be of great help to students and teachers alike. Not only that, through actively getting involved in the workings of how education is imparted, companies are also experimenting and pushing the boundaries to come up with futuristic technologies like Pointwrite, Interactive Flat Panel with multiple touch points, etc. that are going to revolutionise the way ahead. Out of around 1.4 million schools in India, the addressable market for Smart class is about 200,000 private unaided schools. These private unaided schools will convert to approx. 2 million classrooms. One of the most prominent additions to the range of products is the interactive flat panels where learning is more immersive than ever. It is considered to be one of the smoothest transitions from traditional instruction to interactive learning. Products like RP790 and RP702 have redefined the category. Hence, highlighting the huge market scope and landscape for interactive learning is huge in India.
The adoption of smart classrooms in India is mainly driven by the requirement to improve the standard of education in the country and make it on par with the global standards. As per a private analyst firm, the smart classroom market in India will witness a growth of a CAGR of 15.89 percent till 2019. Currently, more than 12,000 schools across 560 districts in India have adopted Smart class. The conventional black-board has made way for digital equipment, making the learning process not just more colourful but also more interesting. This system has partly put an end to mugging of lessons and jotting notes. The Government of India has also allocated INR 500 crores (US$ 81.38 million) for digitization of the classroom in the Union Budget which surely ups the expected growth trajectory exponentially. Consider, 13 million+ schools, 650 universities, both private and public, are exposed to a system where they can gain insights about anything at the tip of their fingers and imagine the positive implications that it promises especially keeping the vision of ‘Education for all’ in perspective.
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About the author
Rajeev Singh. Managing Director - BenQ INDIA
Based out of Gurgaon, Rajeev Singh is responsible for BenQ India’s operation Managing Director at the company. He joined BenQ in January’2009 as VP- Sales & Marketing before handling the current responsibility. He has taken over new responsibility effective 1st October’10. With 19 years of rich industry experience in Sales, Marketing, Channel & Distribution. Rajeev’s leadership has nurtured BenQ India’s business over the last five years. BenQ India has successfully retained its No 1 position with 20% market share in Indian Projector Market. Globally, BenQ continues to stand at No. 1 position during 2014 in DLP technology for projectors, claiming a 33.7% market share from Q1-Q3 2014. (Source: © Futuresource Consulting - Projectors Market Insights – WorldWide). Rajeev Singh also holds the position of the Chairman of Northern Chapter of Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT).