Teachers use online radio to connect with students | News Trichy
Trichy: A group of public school teachers across the state are using the online radio service to effectively connect with their students in primary and secondary schools. Using a centralized cloud-based audio playback platform, teachers had their students listen to audio lessons from their curriculum.
Launched by A Karthick Raja, a public school teacher in Cuddalore district, the online radio platform named as “Kalvi Radio” reached 1 lakh views within a month of its launch.
Teachers can simply record a half-hour audio of the textbook program and upload it to the “Kalvi Radio” platform. Content can be scheduled for a fixed duration and students can access the website with minimal data consumption. The Kalvi station operates 24 hours a day broadcasting audio lessons for grades 1 to 8.
Karthick said he had been managing a school’s website for five years. While a portion of the school’s students might be connected via AV lessons all these years, it could hit 10 lakh views in just eight months during the lockdown. It has such limitations that it consumes huge data and connectivity issues.
“As a solution, I decided to use the radio service to send audio content to students. Using a radio service was unimaginable as it involved a lot of process and money,” he said. Then I came across a centralized cloud-based audio playback platform. I could create an online radio station where I could feed the textbook program as audio content and play it for students at a stipulated time, he said.
Today, 44 teachers from 10 districts use the platform by sharing their audio content, which is streamed online. Teachers said the web radio had been effective for primary and middle school students for whom physical classes have not yet been reopened.
Here, students don’t need to strain their eyes as they only have to listen to the content, said RK Uma Devi, a licensed English teacher at a public school in Erode district.
Assistant teacher H Pushpalatha from society primary school at Edaimalaipattipudur in Trichy asked students to record activities like Thirukkural and other songs, which are broadcast by the radio station.