Despite the potential of EdTech for disruptive change, the use and implementation of technology solutions so far have had limited impact on student learning. To explore this field further, CSF initially funded various organizations with innovative products aimed at students, and a few grantee organizations that looked at providing competency-linked training programs to make professional development more personalized for teachers. These organizations included Mindspark Learning Centre, Khan Academy, Nalanda Project, Moinee Foundation, Firki, TeacherApp and Million Sparks Foundation.
We continue to support two of our grantees – Khan Academy and Nalanda Project, which aim at personalizing instruction for students and support classrooms and schools in the successful adoption of technology products.
In 2015, we collaborated with Khan Academy, a US-based nonprofit organization, to localize and launch their Hindi platform with NCERT-mapped mathematics content for classes 5 to 8. In order to facilitate the contextualization of the KA content into more Indian languages and drive adoption in the country, CSF helped set up Khan Academy India. KA India is now partnering with multiple state governments and civil society organizations to contextualize their vast library of high-quality videos and exercises into regional Indian languages, as well as drive adoption in schools.
We supported the Nalanda Project (run by Motivation For Excellence Foundation) in 2016. Nalanda is an in-classroom, personalized learning program for classes 3 to 9, offering Mathematics and Science. It recommends that teachers divide their classroom teaching time between whole-class instruction, to teach concepts, and individual student practice on a customized, offline platform called Kolibri. Now in its sixth year, the project is impacting 20,000 children in over 300 classrooms in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, and Rajasthan.