Etisalat launched its much touted “Web Patashala,” aiming to change the face of education in Sri Lanka, by bringing electronic learning (e-Learning) to the student populace. The project is initiated in collaboration with the State Engineering Corporation and the Ministry of Education.
I decided to try it out and see what the hype was about and how effective a tool it would be in the realm of e-Learning. Firstly, one needs to use an Etisalat data connection to download the software. The download took only a few minutes and after installation was greeted by the screen pictured below:
Upon entering the software, there are lessons from grade 4- 10. I proceed to click Grade 10 English, and decide to buy my first book. The interface is pretty neat and well designed.
Each lesson – a subject could have any number of lessons – would cost Rs.110. Again only an Etisalat data connection can be used. The application checks the balance on the data connection and deducts the price of the lesson.
The e-book downloads into a flash interface, where the print screen doesn’t work! I also discovered that even the copy (ctrl+c), paste (ctrl+v) function doesn’t work. Once the software is closed, the copy paste tab works but my print screen didn’t and were continually printing what is pictured below. This meant I had to close all my other documents and restart my computer. I was left wondering if this was a security feature or an endemic problem.
The English Lesson
The English lesson I downloaded was fairly good. It had videos, questions and answers. The poems and narration could have said better with some expressions. Overall a very good software opening a total new path in the field of education. For self learning this would be perfect. Hats off for the companies/ organizations that backed this project.
Personally, the first question that popped into my head was how practical this would be in the rural school children. A city school kid would be able to afford the internet cost, per lesson cost and a computer – basic infrastructure if the initiative is going to thrive – but what about the schools in rural areas where the initiative is aimed at and quite frankly needed? These schools are the ones that are in need of strong IT skills and are probably the least able to afford the program in itself. Even if the necessary infrastructure were donated, is it viable to think that they will be able to support the programme, with internet and lesson costs, which are clearly based on the needs of the students in the long term? (there are some HP offers available at the Etisalat web site)
My next post would be “What teachers and students think about this”
[box_dark]Update from Etisalat: We would like to thank readme.lk for reviewing the Web Patashala e-learning platform. We would like to comment at this time that the selection of content that is available will be expanded over time. With regard to the restrictions to the print screen and copy functions, Web Patashala is designed with in built digital rights management measures, in order to protect the content and the content developers. Furthermore we envision the use of Web patashala as an educational aid for both students and teacher across communities whilst giving the opportunity to learn the school curriculum endorsed by NIE at their convince and interactively learn until they are through.” [/box_dark]
An introduction to “Colombo White
The global economy is seeing
The global economy is seeing a disruptive force changing its landscape in a much bigger way than the blue chip; the tech startups of the world. Over the past three years, Sri Lanka has seen an immense growth in its Startup ecosystem. Disrupt Asia will be the first of its kind event held in the country in which the startup ecosystem of Sri Lanka will gather in one gracious occasion. This includes investors, mentors, Government agencies, media and of course the startups.
Follow the event on Facebook : Disrupt Asia 2016
(Thursday) 8:00 am - 8:00 pm SLST
Sri Lanka's first inter-company eSports
Sri Lanka’s first inter-company eSports tournament!
Gamer.LK, the country’s multi-genre video gaming community powered by digital entertainment enthusiasts continues to take eSports to the masses by launching the first ever competitive Mercantile e-Sports Tournament – the Dialog Gaming Mercantile e-Sports Championship 2016.
Scheduled to be held on the 06th and 07th of August 2016, at Trace – Expert City, Colombo, the tournament is open to the employees of the IT sector in Sri Lanka and special invitees.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Mortal Kombat X
* Mobile Game Title (TBA)
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All registrations will be Rs. 500 per person.
NOTE: We have limited slots for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Dota 2; therefore registrations will be confirmed individually by 02 August 2016.
6 (Saturday) 9:00 am - 7 (Sunday) 6:00 pm SLST
Trace Expert City
Maradana Rd, Colombo
Change is a constant process
Change is a constant process that affects us as a society and as an individual. It can cut across different fields and disciplines, impacting human lives in multiple areas. Sri Lanka has seen an increased development in infrastructure, connecting diverse people from across the island.
Simultaneously, there is a boom in different industries with startups and small industries mushrooming across the country. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to engage with this phenomena of change in everyday life.
Await details on schedules and tickets!
Speakers for 2016
(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm SLST
"Giving youth a toolkit to
“Giving youth a toolkit to develop their own social ventures & empowering them to build their own future”
Startup Sri-Lanka in Collaboration with MiddyFund a Non-Proﬁt that teaches middle-school students to use design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to ﬁnd innovative solutions to problems they face as individuals or as a community. They learn to design, develop, pitch, and fundraise for their own projects. It takes them through the steps of achieving their goals through innovation and entrepreneurship
Program Synopsis: A 2 day workshop that will help develop your child’s mindset & skills
Program Format: Students get into groups to solve problems by coming up with solutions that they build from scratch and implement which has a social impact.
Program Facilitator: Savera Weerasinghe co-founded MiddyFund Inc. in 2014 in her senior year at NYU. Her minor in Social Entrepreneurship introduced her to Design What if, as kids, we learned to look at problems as solvable puzzles? She is passionate about environmental sustainability and believes social entrepreneurship can solve some of the biggest environmental and social issues.
When: 26 th & 27 th August (Friday & Saturday)
Where: Calcey Technologies, Trace Expert City Bay # 08 Mardana Road
Duration: 9:00am – 3:00pm (Lunch & Refreshments provided)
Cost per participant: 11,500 Net (inclusive of VAT )
Ages: 9-15 years
What will my kid accomplish/ learn through the program:
For more info please visit www.middyfund.com
To register your child for the program please fill up the form via- http://goo.gl/forms/MaDkb9npbzWu28U53
Please Note: Payments need to be made prior to the event to register your child.
Payments can be made to Bank & Branch: NDB Head office branch
A/C Name: SLASSCOM | A/C Number: 101000053822
Cheque should be drawn in favor of SLASSCOM and crossed account payee only.
For Inquiries please email [email protected] or call 011-406222 – 4.
Registration Close on the 15th August 2016
26 (Friday) 9:00 am - 27 (Saturday) 3:00 pm SLST
Calcey Technologies - Trace Expert City
Bay 08, TRACE Expert City, Maradana Rd, Colombo
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