Zaya is an award-winning social enterprise based in India. They implement scalable, affordable technology to increase access to high quality education and bridge the achievement gap for students in low-income schools.
- Simple but powerful blended learning model for Indian classrooms
- Zaya’s “LabKit” solution includes ClassCloud, an adaptive learning platform that can store and deliver digital content in both online and offline environments.
- End-to-end solution that includes tablets pre-loaded with curriculum content, a classroom projector, a Wifi router, content storage, teacher training, and a classroom management tool
Zaya empower teachers in low-income communities in India to bring a simple but powerful blended learning model into their classrooms. They have developed an affordable blended learning model for the Indian market. Unlike traditional classroom settings, where a teacher delivers core content to students, the company have created a blended learning model where students divide their time between content engagement via tablets, time with a teacher, and peer-to-peer group work. Time spent with the teacher is used to reinforce concepts and build additional skills, such as problem solving and teamwork. This next generation pedagogy model will revolutionise how technology and content is used in classrooms and includes apps, such as assessment questions, lesson plans and performance analytics.
Key to Zaya’s scalability is the LabKit – a one-off purchase that includes tablets pre-loaded with curriculum content, a classroom projector, a Wifi router, and a classroom management tool for the teacher to track student progress. This combination – of ease and low-cost – is critical when working within the Indian school market, where there are often infrastructure and connectivity challenges. Zaya’s LabKit solution includes ClassCloud, an adaptive learning platform that can store and deliver digital content in both online and offline environments. One key innovation is in tagging; not just by subject, but by micro-standards and difficulty levels to enable mapping to national, state and local curriculum.
Zaya also provides additional assessment services and intensive training in schools on how to effectively utilize its blended learning solution. The combination of videos, assessments, and exercises allows for learner self-pacing through material. Teachers can control the tablets through the ClassCloud and access the results of all the students as they progress through material. Selling at affordable prices, the company implements its LabKit solution across government and private schools in India.
Zaya has an intense focus on data - they provide schools with a rich set of data on classroom performance. These reports enable teachers to focus attention on students struggling with concepts or to provide pairing opportunities for peer learning. The entire Zaya solution costs $5/student/month. Zaya are currently in 40+ schools in Mumbai and Bangalore. Initial results have demonstrated learning gains - in their first 8 classrooms, students using LabKits achieved 10% better maths scores in classes 3/4/5 relative to peers. The team has much higher ambitions. They will demonstrate how blended learning can be implemented successfully in every classroom, with an approach that caters to the strengths and experiences of teachers.
In 2012 D’Souza was selected by the San Francisco Hub of World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and also won the NASSCOM Social Innovation Award in India. Neil has an engineering background and worked in the computer networking industry for over four years at Cisco Systems where he focused on Mobile Internet and Video Technologies. While he was on sabbatical he developed his ClassCloud technology that now powers 20 schools and orphanages in India, Indonesia and Mongolia.
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