Minister of minority and social welfare and women and children development, Dr. Louis Marandi and District Collector & Deputy Commissioner, Ranchi, Mr. Rai Mahimapat Ray inagurating Annie at Rajyakrit Netrahin Madhya Vidyalaya, Ranchi
The Government school for blind in Ranchi has 24 visually impaired students aged between six to eighteen years.
These 24 students each are taught for an hour by two teachers.
Students were spending the remaining time waiting or attempting exercise with minimal feedback.
Attempting exercises without feedback leads to wrong concepts in a formative stage.
The unfavorable student to teacher ratio led to the students receiving inadequate supervision.
The lack of interactive content failed to pique the student’s interest and keep them engaged. As a result of this, students were taking longer to learn Braille.
These learning outcomes did not align with what the dedicated teachers set out to achieve.
To address the pain points of both the teachers and the students, India’s first Braille smart class was deployed in Ranchi.
20 Annie devices were set up to teach braille to the 24 visually impaired students in the school.
Their user profiles were created to help their teachers track their usage and monitor their progress through lessons and tests.
A server was set up to sync with the user progress data and release over-the-air content and software updates.
The response of the 24 students has been overwhelmingly positive. The younger students especially are showing great enthusiasm in using the devices to learn.
Teachers could now view students' usage and track their progress.
Most schools teach typing in Braille only after students reach class 8. Students in Ranchi are learning how to type in class 1, in fact they are learning Braille through typing.
*A session is the measure of uninterrupted usage of Annie.
In the district of Ranchi, lives of visually impaired children are being improved with the braille smart class.
The kids are loving it. As teachers, we are able to supervise many kids as they learn at the same time. Also great support by Thinkerbell Labs team to ensure smooth functioning.
It is very interesting to play and to learn reading, writing and typing on Annie. Annie helps me to know more about Braille. I love the commands of Annie. It encourages me a lot.
Children are very interested to learn braille on Annie, because it's directing them on what they have to do hence they're not lost with this device.
Thanks to Thinkerbell Labs and District Innovation Fund it is a meaningful change in the lives of those that need it most.
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