MSS for Social Change & Impact

Many corporates and social interest groups value supporting education and are constantly striving to find the best ways to engage and make a positive social impact.

Some common avenues

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Teacher Training
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Technology
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Scholarships
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Infrastructure

However, it is not usually clear if these interventions are improving learning outcomes sustainably or at scale.

One promising area for social impact is education technology infrastructure, which enables minimally invasive yet effective learning in classrooms. And within this an area that needs urgent attention is computer literacy infrastructure and instructions.

Some startling facts

The Solution

My sCool Server, the flagship product from Recherche Tech LLP is a single device, primarily for school labs, that makes all computers (even disk-less) in the wired network usable and useful instantly.

My sCool Server device image
  • Single unit to make up to 70 diskless computers usable and useful instantly
  • Pre-packaged with all necessary software to teach computing as per global best practices
  • Comprehensive computer subject specific audiovisual content in local Indian languages available offline to primarily facilitate teacher training
  • Massive quality K-to-12 open educational resources accessible without internet to facilitate the move towards computer-aided-learning of all other subjects
  • Platform to host custom educational content
  • Assists teachers with a teaching and monitoring tool
  • Ready to serve smart classes with a significantly less cost and maintenance burden
  • Comprises an indigenously packaged education operating system atop Ubuntu, which is being used across the country of Indonesia
  • An optimum combination of hardware and software built using the best from the hardware industry

Children we serve

Our solution serves children across the social strata and primarily those studying in schools that cater to the lower income group. We have worked with over 2000 students at several schools over the last year, fixed their school’s computer laboratories by deploying the My sCool Server (MSS) and providing them equal access to technology and digital learning that they rightfully deserve.

We have succeeded in removing the state of despondency wherein the students, teachers and schools had lost complete hope over the possibility of quality computer education or ICT based education.

It has now been replaced with real learning and forward thinking.

Our action area

  • MSS deployed in 20+ schools in India and counting
  • Gujarat, West Bengal, Haryana, Himachal and ready for anywhere in India
  • Pipeline of 100+ schools that want the MSS which we want to fulfil
chipa-student

Students working with MSS at Chhipa Welfare Girls High School, Jamalpur, Ahmedabad

Models of working with social impact partners

Our solution has been well designed keeping in mind the National policy for ICT in education. Yet, we can tailor a solution for a specific need as long as it works for the students we serve.

I. Re-using existing ICT investments already present at schools

There are millions of computers collecting dust in schools across Gujarat and possibly in other parts of India as well. These computers were deployed by the government or donated by corporates with the noble intent of providing access to computers and enabling digital literacy. Unfortunately due to the above listed problems with the current approach these devices are lying idle and deteriorating overtime. On the upside, most of the deployments done after 2010 are still usable and can work perfectly with the MSS.

We work with CSR programs and foundations to rekindle these labs to a functional and sustainable state with end-to-end computer learning programs deployed with the help of the My sCool Server.

How it works:

  1. You select the schools which have an existing lab. We can also help you with our pipeline of those in-waiting.
  2. We assess the school’s infrastructure and provide an estimate of what is needed to have it ready for the My sCool Server deployment.
  3. We deploy the My sCool Server with the computer learning environment
  4. We train teachers about the minimal required upkeep of the computing environment and introduction to all the self-paced learning content deployed.
  5. Students learn and you get the data on the results from periodic assessment.

Investment range:

One time INR 70,000 – 90,000 per school. Specifics vary for each implementation.

Gov. Higher Sec. School Bavaliyari, Dhandhuka,Ahmedabad, Gujarat, school lab rejuvenated with the My sCool Server

II. Setup new labs in government schools where there is no useful hardware

With our My sCool Server solution it is possible to deploy a new lab or enhance/upgrade an existing one very cost effectively. The MSS is capable of powering a complete computer lab of upto 70 systems which need not be of the latest generation (A computer with Intel Celeron, 2 GB RAM, w/o HDD).

Millions of computers from government and corporate offices are finding their way to becoming e-waste. Tie ups can be established with refurbishment companies who deploy and back such computers with warranty.

Several computers deployed at schools in the period 2003-2009 have reached their end-of-life. Some of the schools just have 5 computers which is insufficient to satisfy the computer literacy objectives. They need to be replaced or more computers need to be added.

How it works:

  1. You select the school(s) which have an existing lab or are in need of one. We can also help you with our pipeline of those in-waiting.
  2. We inspect the chosen schools’ for their readiness for a computer lab setup or its existing setup in case of a need to scale and provide a cost estimate of bringing it to a state of readiness for the My sCool Server.
  3. We deploy the computer systems, networking and My sCool Server with the computer learning content.
  4. We train teachers about the minimal required upkeep of the computing environment and introduction to all the self-paced learning content deployed.
  5. Students learn and you get the data on the results from periodic assessment.

Investment range:

One time INR 3,85,000 approx per school for a 20 computer lab. Specifics vary for each implementation.

Past projects:

Smart Classroom Project at Ranchodpura Primary School – Sponsored by Ahmedabad Frolic Ladies Circle 111

Ranchodpura Primary School – Teacher Training for My sCool Server as a Smart Class Enabler

III. Power up smart classrooms

With the My sCool Server, in addition to a computer lab, it is possible to power up multiple smart classrooms with great ease. This is in keeping with the alternate vision wherein a smart classroom is preferred over a computer lab due to lack of space or resources or pedagogical approach preferences.

Extend a LAN connection from the My sCool Server to each classroom and pair it with a client node (a computer with Intel Celeron, 2 GB RAM, w/o HDD) connected to a projector, white-board/wall, interactive camera and stylus and we have a perfectly working smart class infrastructure.

How it works:

  1. You select the schools which have a need of smart classroom(s). We can also help you with our pipeline of those in-waiting.
  2. We jointly inspect the chosen schools’ for their readiness in terms of willingness and readiness of staff to be operate the infrastructure once deployed and trained. We also assess readiness in terms of the school’s access to smart pedagogical content that they can use with the newly deployed infrastructure. The later is most crucial.
  3. We deploy the My sCool Server along with the smart class infrastructure comprising of client computer node, requisite networking, projector, white board and IR camera for interactivity.
  4. We train teachers about the minimal required upkeep of the computing environment, about operating the smart class infrastructure and introduction to all the preloaded self-paced learning content deployed.
  5. Students learn and you get the data on the results from periodic assessment.

Investment range:

First smart class at a school can be deployed for approximately INR 1,60,000 and each subsequent classroom for INR 1,00,000. Specifics vary for each implementation.

Past projects:

Smart classrooms powered by the MSS in action at Adarsh Prathmik Shala, Shahpur, Gandhinagar – Sponsored by Shri Natubhai Bhagvanbhai Patel

Benefits

Herein are some of the direct benefits that a school with the My sCool Server experiences:

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Plug ‘n play

better-control-csr

Better control

save-funds-csr

Save funds

student-system-csr

Student:System  1:1

home-csr

Practise at home

minimise-upgrade-cost-csr

Minimise upgrade cost

facilitate-training-csr

Facilitate self training

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Minimal dependency

no-piracy-csr

No piracy

os-csr

Access from any OS

strong-foundation-csr

Strong foundation

future-advancement-csr

Future advancements

Impact

The My sCool Server helps achieve the 4 Es that are most essential to help solving the global learning crisis

  1. Donors support education in a way that’s impactful, sustainable and replicable.
  2. Robust learning environment, clubbed with self-paced learning content requiring low or no maintenance ensures a consistent and convenient experience each time.
  3. Single device, one time deployment ensures repeated and multi-factor impact by serving all current and future batches of students.
  4. The open source ecosystem on which the computer curriculum is based fosters a global community culture of creativity while sharing.
  5. Managing smart classrooms without the hassle of maintaining individual PCs, central storage of pedagogical content flattens the learning curve for teachers. Thus facilitating rapid adoption.
  6. A pan-India appeal and due to its local language support, holds promise of far reaching impact irrespective of the geographical location.


School representatives explaining how the My sCool Server has impacted them

Sustainability

  1. Low or no dependency on Donor: It is a one time deployment cost with a low 10-15% AMC cost which may be easily budgeted by the school from the 2nd year.
  2. Delivery model is inherently sustainable because it is a well packaged, simple product that requires minimal training to get started with.
  3. Brand visibility: Branding of the MSS is possible with supporting company’s identifiers. All stakeholders shall recall the donor’s contribution.

 

Replicability

  1. Integrated technology platform enables scaled delivery at low cost.
  2. Minimal teacher training and school deployment support are structured, require low skill and are scalable processes.
  3. Donor investments can be flexibly sized to serve varying models at one school or many.
Is there a minimum scale of each project undertaken?

It could be a single school or a group of schools. We are happy to be part of a positive impact at any possible scale.

However, if it requires integrating a new regional language onto the MSS, we mandate a minimum deployment of 10 units to make it a financially sustainable effort for us. Send in an enquiry to check for your language of interest.

Is there a qualifying criterion for an intervention to be applied to a school?

A genuine and demonstrable willingness of teachers and the school administration to impart the best possible education to their cadres. It is highly encouraging for us to apply the MSS intervention if the sponsor has already seen results of their previous interventions.

A mandatory criterion is a minimum of one, preferably two, in-house teacher(s) or representatives from volunteer/sponsor organisations who are willing to own and lead the implementation.

What is the duration of implementation at each school?

It usually takes 2 weeks from need assessment to user training. Our standard intervention program includes school visits by our representative for up to 3 months post-deployment. The visits are scheduled at a reducing frequency so as to ensure proper usage and impact and yet not interfere with the normal schedule of the school.

Is it possible to load custom content available from the state education department?

Yes, the My sCool Server can serve any content that can be hosted on the Linux platform. If you are unsure about its “Linux compatibility”, our technical teams help you with the assessment if you can provide us the content samples.

However, we rely on the sponsors and/or the school to secure access to the educational content from the state agencies.

Why is there a price range instead of fixed price for the proposed interventions?

Each educational institution in the public space is a special case with varying requirements. We strive towards maximum reuse of existing facilities and human capital. Since there is bound to be a variance in the cost for each deployment, do consider the price ranges given as indicative only. Final quote for each project is provided after an initial need assessment.

How can we get started?

Click here to download a PDF version of the Smart Education Infrastructure Provisioning Proposal

Submit a short summary of your organisation via the contact form and our representative shall get in touch with you within 48 working hours.

Who we serve

Children we serve

Our solution serves children across the social strata and primarily those studying in schools that cater to the lower income group. We have worked with over 2000 students at several schools over the last year, fixed their school’s computer laboratories by deploying the My sCool Server (MSS) and providing them equal access to technology and digital learning that they rightfully deserve.

We have succeeded in removing the state of despondency wherein the students, teachers and schools had lost complete hope over the possibility of quality computer education or ICT based education.

It has now been replaced with real learning and forward thinking.

Our action area

  • MSS deployed in 20+ schools in India and counting
  • Gujarat, West Bengal, Haryana, Himachal and ready for anywhere in India
  • Pipeline of 100+ schools that want the MSS which we want to fulfil
chipa-student

Students working with MSS at Chhipa Welfare Girls High School, Jamalpur, Ahmedabad

How we work together

Models of working with social impact partners

Our solution has been well designed keeping in mind the National policy for ICT in education. Yet, we can tailor a solution for a specific need as long as it works for the students we serve.

I. Re-using existing ICT investments already present at schools

There are millions of computers collecting dust in schools across Gujarat and possibly in other parts of India as well. These computers were deployed by the government or donated by corporates with the noble intent of providing access to computers and enabling digital literacy. Unfortunately due to the above listed problems with the current approach these devices are lying idle and deteriorating overtime. On the upside, most of the deployments done after 2010 are still usable and can work perfectly with the MSS.

We work with CSR programs and foundations to rekindle these labs to a functional and sustainable state with end-to-end computer learning programs deployed with the help of the My sCool Server.

How it works:

  1. You select the schools which have an existing lab. We can also help you with our pipeline of those in-waiting.
  2. We assess the school’s infrastructure and provide an estimate of what is needed to have it ready for the My sCool Server deployment.
  3. We deploy the My sCool Server with the computer learning environment
  4. We train teachers about the minimal required upkeep of the computing environment and introduction to all the self-paced learning content deployed.
  5. Students learn and you get the data on the results from periodic assessment.

Investment range:

One time INR 70,000 – 90,000 per school. Specifics vary for each implementation.

Gov. Higher Sec. School Bavaliyari, Dhandhuka,Ahmedabad, Gujarat, school lab rejuvenated with the My sCool Server

II. Setup new labs in government schools where there is no useful hardware

With our My sCool Server solution it is possible to deploy a new lab or enhance/upgrade an existing one very cost effectively. The MSS is capable of powering a complete computer lab of upto 70 systems which need not be of the latest generation (A computer with Intel Celeron, 2 GB RAM, w/o HDD).

Millions of computers from government and corporate offices are finding their way to becoming e-waste. Tie ups can be established with refurbishment companies who deploy and back such computers with warranty.

Several computers deployed at schools in the period 2003-2009 have reached their end-of-life. Some of the schools just have 5 computers which is insufficient to satisfy the computer literacy objectives. They need to be replaced or more computers need to be added.

How it works:

  1. You select the school(s) which have an existing lab or are in need of one. We can also help you with our pipeline of those in-waiting.
  2. We inspect the chosen schools’ for their readiness for a computer lab setup or its existing setup in case of a need to scale and provide a cost estimate of bringing it to a state of readiness for the My sCool Server.
  3. We deploy the computer systems, networking and My sCool Server with the computer learning content.
  4. We train teachers about the minimal required upkeep of the computing environment and introduction to all the self-paced learning content deployed.
  5. Students learn and you get the data on the results from periodic assessment.

Investment range:

One time INR 3,85,000 approx per school for a 20 computer lab. Specifics vary for each implementation.

Past projects:

Smart Classroom Project at Ranchodpura Primary School – Sponsored by Ahmedabad Frolic Ladies Circle 111

Ranchodpura Primary School – Teacher Training for My sCool Server as a Smart Class Enabler

III. Power up smart classrooms

With the My sCool Server, in addition to a computer lab, it is possible to power up multiple smart classrooms with great ease. This is in keeping with the alternate vision wherein a smart classroom is preferred over a computer lab due to lack of space or resources or pedagogical approach preferences.

Extend a LAN connection from the My sCool Server to each classroom and pair it with a client node (a computer with Intel Celeron, 2 GB RAM, w/o HDD) connected to a projector, white-board/wall, interactive camera and stylus and we have a perfectly working smart class infrastructure.

How it works:

  1. You select the schools which have a need of smart classroom(s). We can also help you with our pipeline of those in-waiting.
  2. We jointly inspect the chosen schools’ for their readiness in terms of willingness and readiness of staff to be operate the infrastructure once deployed and trained. We also assess readiness in terms of the school’s access to smart pedagogical content that they can use with the newly deployed infrastructure. The later is most crucial.
  3. We deploy the My sCool Server along with the smart class infrastructure comprising of client computer node, requisite networking, projector, white board and IR camera for interactivity.
  4. We train teachers about the minimal required upkeep of the computing environment, about operating the smart class infrastructure and introduction to all the preloaded self-paced learning content deployed.
  5. Students learn and you get the data on the results from periodic assessment.

Investment range:

First smart class at a school can be deployed for approximately INR 1,60,000 and each subsequent classroom for INR 1,00,000. Specifics vary for each implementation.

Past projects:

Smart classrooms powered by the MSS in action at Adarsh Prathmik Shala, Shahpur, Gandhinagar – Sponsored by Shri Natubhai Bhagvanbhai Patel

Benefits and Impact

Benefits

Herein are some of the direct benefits that a school with the My sCool Server experiences:

plug-play-csr

Plug ‘n play

better-control-csr

Better control

save-funds-csr

Save funds

student-system-csr

Student:System  1:1

home-csr

Practise at home

minimise-upgrade-cost-csr

Minimise upgrade cost

facilitate-training-csr

Facilitate self training

minimal-dependency-csr

Minimal dependency

no-piracy-csr

No piracy

os-csr

Access from any OS

strong-foundation-csr

Strong foundation

future-advancement-csr

Future advancements

Impact

The My sCool Server helps achieve the 4 Es that are most essential to help solving the global learning crisis

  1. Donors support education in a way that’s impactful, sustainable and replicable.
  2. Robust learning environment, clubbed with self-paced learning content requiring low or no maintenance ensures a consistent and convenient experience each time.
  3. Single device, one time deployment ensures repeated and multi-factor impact by serving all current and future batches of students.
  4. The open source ecosystem on which the computer curriculum is based fosters a global community culture of creativity while sharing.
  5. Managing smart classrooms without the hassle of maintaining individual PCs, central storage of pedagogical content flattens the learning curve for teachers. Thus facilitating rapid adoption.
  6. A pan-India appeal and due to its local language support, holds promise of far reaching impact irrespective of the geographical location.


School representatives explaining how the My sCool Server has impacted them

Sustainability and Replicability

Sustainability

  1. Low or no dependency on Donor: It is a one time deployment cost with a low 10-15% AMC cost which may be easily budgeted by the school from the 2nd year.
  2. Delivery model is inherently sustainable because it is a well packaged, simple product that requires minimal training to get started with.
  3. Brand visibility: Branding of the MSS is possible with supporting company’s identifiers. All stakeholders shall recall the donor’s contribution.

 

Replicability

  1. Integrated technology platform enables scaled delivery at low cost.
  2. Minimal teacher training and school deployment support are structured, require low skill and are scalable processes.
  3. Donor investments can be flexibly sized to serve varying models at one school or many.
FAQs
Is there a minimum scale of each project undertaken?

It could be a single school or a group of schools. We are happy to be part of a positive impact at any possible scale.

However, if it requires integrating a new regional language onto the MSS, we mandate a minimum deployment of 10 units to make it a financially sustainable effort for us. Send in an enquiry to check for your language of interest.

Is there a qualifying criterion for an intervention to be applied to a school?

A genuine and demonstrable willingness of teachers and the school administration to impart the best possible education to their cadres. It is highly encouraging for us to apply the MSS intervention if the sponsor has already seen results of their previous interventions.

A mandatory criterion is a minimum of one, preferably two, in-house teacher(s) or representatives from volunteer/sponsor organisations who are willing to own and lead the implementation.

What is the duration of implementation at each school?

It usually takes 2 weeks from need assessment to user training. Our standard intervention program includes school visits by our representative for up to 3 months post-deployment. The visits are scheduled at a reducing frequency so as to ensure proper usage and impact and yet not interfere with the normal schedule of the school.

Is it possible to load custom content available from the state education department?

Yes, the My sCool Server can serve any content that can be hosted on the Linux platform. If you are unsure about its “Linux compatibility”, our technical teams help you with the assessment if you can provide us the content samples.

However, we rely on the sponsors and/or the school to secure access to the educational content from the state agencies.

Why is there a price range instead of fixed price for the proposed interventions?

Each educational institution in the public space is a special case with varying requirements. We strive towards maximum reuse of existing facilities and human capital. Since there is bound to be a variance in the cost for each deployment, do consider the price ranges given as indicative only. Final quote for each project is provided after an initial need assessment.

How can we get started?

Click here to download a PDF version of the Smart Education Infrastructure Provisioning Proposal

Submit a short summary of your organisation via the contact form and our representative shall get in touch with you within 48 working hours.