Zaya’s ultimate goal is to build a global network of “Learning Labs” that educate and empower millions of students at the base of the pyramid. Zaya labs take two forms – labs set up in partnership with low-income schools where Zaya will be used to aid instruction as well as stand-alone after-school labs.
At the core of these learning labs is a blended learning approach, which combines traditional teaching methods with small-group and individual learning. One-to-many learning is still the primary vehicle for teaching new concepts for the first time with small group and one-to-one self-paced learning used to achieve mastery and help students in addressing personal strengths and weaknesses. This shifts the focus of the classroom from teacher to student, catering to the needs of individual students vs. a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
Zaya’s labs are powered by a unique Class Cloud technology, which allows teachers to bring the best of educational content on the web as well as supplementary content specifically tailored to the local curriculum into their classrooms. The Class Cloud “Hotspot” is lightweight, mobile, and battery-operated and can operate without an internet connection (internet is only required when new content needs to be synced from the central server). The Class Cloud, which can store content ranging from instructional videos to e-books, is part of a Lab Kit bundle, which includes tablets, earphones, a projector, and peripherals.
Realizing that teacher training is as critical to driving learning outcomes, Zaya is investing significant energy in developing training modules to train teachers on blended learning. Its platform provides teachers with feedback and analysis on students progress and performance, allowing students to track learning deficits at the skill or micro-skill level. With this information, teachers can more effectively invest their time in the areas where students need the most help.
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CEI approaches in action
Partnering with government schools whose populations are drawn primarily from low-income poor families.
Zaya is currently commencing the second phase of a three-phase growth plan. As part of phase one, nine labs have been set up in Mumbai and Pune area. Six of these labs are being run by Teach for India Fellows, who use the Zaya Labkit on a daily basis in their classrooms. The primary goal of this phase was to pilot a beta version of the Zaya tool and test the efficacy of its learning model, obtaining feedback from teachers and students, to begin collecting data about the impact we are having on learning outcomes. Nearly 600 students were reached in this phase.
In the second phase (2013 – 2015), Zaya hopes to open 20 labs in Mumbai, Pune, and Nasik areas for a total of 30 labs, expanding its reach to 2000 students. The focus of this phase will be on product development, randomized controlled testing, and exhaustive data collection. Zaya also hopes to secure a long-term partnership with a content provider as well as a financing partner who can offer low-interest loans to schools that want to purchase a Zaya LabKit. After testing and refining its product and approach, as well as ensuring it has a market-ready solution, Zaya hopes to expand in other parts of India in the third phase (2015 – 2017). The goal of the third phase is to reach 100,000 children.
Monitoring & Evaluation
A. Facilitator Efficacy KPIs
1. Teacher evaluation rubric:
Quarterly teacher performance reports based on a comprehensive rubric developed by us to measure effectiveness across – pedagogy, classroom environment and application of Zaya kit.
2. Periodic student assessments:
All facilitators will conduct periodic assessments on the Zaya platform to gauge student’s progress. Assessments will predominantly be of two types – First, six monthly to understand collective retention and application in school tests. Second, periodic (daily and monthly) to check for specific topic and unit based understanding.
B. Student Efficacy KPIs
1. Learning Outcomes:
Quarterly and unit based reporting of student performance on standardized school and Zaya tests. The base line goal is to bridge the grade level gap in learning for all our students.Currently a 3 pronged approach is applied to measure learning impact -
- Standardized market tests published by Indus Assessments spread over beginning of year, midyear and end of year (within 6 months of each other)
- Internally conducted tests - Quarterly and unit based reporting of student performance on standardized school and Zaya tests
- Daily quizes by sub topic hosted on the platform
2. Student Turnover:
Conduct quarterly analysis on student turnover rate for all afterschool learning labs.
3. Student learning patterns data
Data analytics based on platform based observations (eg: #hours of videos watched, student ratings for videos, #times videos or questions are left un-attempted etc).