Project based learning has proven to be an effective technique used by highly skilled teachers in the controlled environment of the classroom. In this study, project-based learning activities are introduced to groups of children in rural communities of India through the access of an android tablet, offline content, facilitation by community members and support by a facilitator. The study documents the varied PBL activities organized with approximately 45,000 students across 800 villages in self organized learning groups. The learners took up projects covering a range of domains including Music, Science and Social consciousness. In each case, learners worked in groups, utilized the resources present in the tablet, reached out to the community members and participated actively in their learning process. In the process, students learned to be creative with ideas, collaborative in planning and were able to effectively to communicate their solutions leveraging tools of digital storytelling, presentation and theatre. A survey was conducted at the end of each activity to understand the process of participation and completion of the activities. Activity completion serves as a useful metric to measure student engagement in creative activities. The results indicate that more than 50% groups completed all steps of a given activity. Furthermore, the study also attempts to highlight the role of the community in a technology enabled self-organized learning environment.
Ayesha Selwyn, Pratham Education Foundation, India
Annapoorni Chandrashekar, Pratham Education Foundation, India
Nishant Baghel, Pratham Education Foundation, India