Local website, new alternative to online classes in Medchal


Hyderabad: Far from the IT corridor of Hyderabad, away from the glitz and spectacles of the capital city, a few government school teachers are stretching the worldwide web to include their students and help them catch up with their studies without the Covid-19 pandemic robbing them of precious academic time.

The teachers, all of whom are working in government schools in Medchal district, have found an affordable and practical alternative to online classes with a website, https://medchalbadi.com/. The website has a large repertoire of video lessons, both in Telugu and English medium, for students of government schools in the district.

Apart from video lessons, students have also been provided access to images related to the content along with worksheets. Further, to assess each student’s understanding of the video lessons, the website has an online test comprising multiple-choice questions. Students can take the test by filling in their name and that of their school as well. On completion of the test, the answers provided by the students reach the teacher concerned which will help in assessing a candidate.

The website is the brainchild of K Srinivas Reddy, the Medchal District Science Officer and also the Biology teacher at the Zilla Parishad High School, Machabollaram, Alwal, along with Ch Ravinder Raju, the headmaster of ZPHS Gowdavelly, Medchal. Technical support was provided by V Gopal, headmaster of ZPHS Arutla, Ibrahimpatnam. The website was launched by Medchal-Malkajgiri District Collector V Venkateswarlu and Medchal-Malkajgiri District Educational Officer I Vijaya Kumari.

Two days after launch, the website is already a hit, with the content being accessed by more than 5,000 students. It has also attracted the attention of parents of private school students. With the encouraging response from parents and students, the content has been made accessible to everyone unlike earlier when it was restricted to those with a login ID and password for students and teachers of government schools.

Unlike online classes which mandate the presence of students before the screen at a given time, these web-based classes can be accessed by students at any time, and they do not need laptops either. Any smartphone with internet connectivity will do.

The web-based classes, which have been designed in a way that students can learn at their own pace, has received support from Sphoorthi Foundation with the site currently hosting video-based content for Classes VIII to X that were developed by 85 government school teachers. Content for classes VI and VII is in the pipeline, with more teachers toiling hard to expand the reach of the website.

“These web-based classes are ensuring that government school students do not fall back in their academics due to the pandemic. Each video lesson is of eight to 10 minutes duration. As we are receiving a huge response from parents and students, we have made the content public. Anyone can access it now,” the teachers said.

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