During live sessions, students can post questions for teachers that will be addressed immediately after class is over
The Odisha government plans to livestream online classes for school students on YouTube. The initiative will take off from June 21.
State project director of the Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA), Bhupendra Singh Poonia, has asked district education officers to arrange two classrooms, preferably in the centre of excellence schools/ transformation high schools or in schools located near the district headquarter towns, for the live streaming of these virtual classes. The trial run has to be done by June 17, Poonia has ordered.
The districts where the livestreaming classes will be conducted are Khordha, Balangir, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Ganjam, Koraput Puri, Dhenkanal, Sundargarh, Nayagarh, Bhadrak, Balasore and Sambalpur.
Poonia said, “During live sessions, students can put up questions for subject teachers and those questions will be addressed immediately after the session is over, in a time slot allotted for the interactive question-answer session.”
In the letter to schools, OSPEA said the classrooms should have walls painted white with low cost soundproofing.
"There should be sufficient light in the room with special lights or halogen for video recording. Rooms should have AC or at least ceiling fans. A white board (preferably of size 5×4 ft) with marker pens and stand for whiteboard and a flex banner of 6×4 ft size with uniform print matter is needed," Poonia added.
The other requirements like desktop /laptop with at least 4GB ram, i5 processor, more than two USB ports, two cameras, either camcorder video camera or webcam of high resolution with autofocus/zoom, HDMI Capture Card/ HDMI USB adapter, a wireless lapel microphone, tripod for camera, were also asked to arrange for virtual classes.
The Odisha school and mass education department already conducted online learning through WhatsApp, Google Meet, Zoom and Skype in 2020. Study materials, contents of different subjects as well as written notes were shared on WhatsApp for students of classes II to X.
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