The minimum proficiency levels of students in rural India are shallow. This hardship is not just about rural India but prevails globally. To fill this gap in learning, startup 22bate7 has initiated ‘Picards’, a technology that could keep the teacher mindful about the learning graph of each child in the classroom. To enable better classroom learning, this solution helps the teacher posture quick polls, helping them analyse the understanding level of each student in the school while promoting effective teaching practices.
“We believe that good quality education should be a basic right and not a privilege. We wanted to create a sustainable impact at large scale. Hence, we chose to build affordable technological solutions that could be used to improve learning outcomes among students even at the grassroots level,” says Abhinav Tripathi, one of the co-founders.
Helping The Students
Established on 23 February 2017, 22bate7 is the brainchild of Abhinav Tripathi, Nilesh Suthar and Anuj Kosambi. The trio had toiled jointly on several projects while in college and decided to work on an issue they were deeply concerned about. The founders knew that teachers in the West use clicker devices to grapple such a problem. By supervising quick polls during and right after the classroom lesson, teachers can evaluate the comprehension levels of the learners quickly, and increase classroom participation.
They have renovated these clicker devices with sheets having unique QR code-like patterns. The four orientations of the sheets become options A, B, C, and D. The teachers can scan all these cards at once through their mobile app and know in real-time who answered what; counts of A, B, C and D; and how many were correct.
What Does It Do?
Apart from helping directly, PiCards can also assist NGOs, as well, in significantly curtailing data collection, evaluation and analysis efforts. Wherever NGOs need to compile responses to multiple-choice questions from a group of individuals – be it in classrooms, self-help group meetings, impact assessment groups, etc. – PiCards can be used to poll the participants. The digitally-captured reactions, incorporated with the company’s smart software, can boost NGOs detailed, automated evaluation and analysis reports, even for data collected from the remotest parts of the country.
In essence, and at least for NGOs, PiCards can prove to be an automated data collection and analytics platform, while for schools, it is an assessment and a performance-tracking tool. Schools also can use their phone-based OMR scanner feature to administer Olympiad-styled tests or use the platform’s exam analysis module to analyse students’ performance in subjective exams. It provides several categories of reporting for teachers, school admins, super admins, and parents through separate apps and dashboards. The setup can also be used for timely attendance in classrooms, and parents can be notified of it on their apps.
The Edutech Market
The company reported an annual turnover of Rs 60 lakh for FY19 and said it has worked with 30 schools directly, over the last 18 months since launching the product. It has engaged with major NGOs, including Agastya International foundation, and Piramal Foundation, and onboarded over three lakh students. Currently, the startup has around 2.5 lakh questions, 8,000 feedbacks, 21,000 attendance, 22,000 classes, and six million question responses in its bank.