2021 ICT SEAGULLS PROJECT
BLUE BELLS MODEL SCHOOL
(BIODATAS, AIMS IN THE PROJECT AND REFLECTIONS)
Ms. Alka Singh
Principal, Blue Bells Model School
In practice what matters is trying, even a slight nudge can make a great difference. India is a land of vast population, and it is difficult to spread digital literacy all over the nation. At the same time, a large portion of the adult population is quite ignorant about digital literacy. With ICT Seagulls Project, we aim to target the population of our country which technologically illiterate so that during these times of COVID-19 Pandemic the targeted people can stay a little more safe by switching from the physical to the digital mode of life. It will help us to dig up the real factors responsible for the cause of digital illiteracy among adults and a medium to channelize some solutions to sort out the prevailing problem by which we can bring about a good change in people around us ergo in our country. It also will help us understand the severity of the situation that while we celebrate the up-gradation and enhancement in technology, there is a section of our community which is yet to experience the benefits of technology. The chance of solving the problems of our society is open to all but it takes a lot of grit to come forth and work on it. It will help us realize the aim of connecting to a wider section of society.
Dr. Madhu Gupta
Teaching experience of thirty one years. Associated with QCFI since 2003. Teaching quality concepts and tools to students and participated in many National and International Conventions and bagged Prestigious Deming Awards and Ishikawa Awards several times. Teaching is a continuous learning process and my joy and thirst of learning will remain forever that is why I am associated with this project and will be glad to help our community to some extent by the end of the project. I pay my sincere thanks to Dr Hayal Koksal for guiding us for this project and our Principal Ms. Alka Singh for her valuable suggestions and constant support and motivation in order to accomplish this project.
Ms. Sanjna Bhasin
Catered to a plethora of projects in corporates, schools, NGOs, and community groups with philosophy of "reach, assist and care". In this world where no true boundaries exist, it is important to learn how our decision affects the lives of others. Willingness to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place is essential for mankind. Eight year of experience in field of psychology and education. Learning is a life long journey, I believe this project will provide me with the opportunity to learn and grow. I am thankful to Dr Hayal Koksal for giving us the opportunity to do this project and providing us with the valuable and constructive suggestions. I am grateful to our Principal Ms. Alka Singh for her constant support, motivation and guidance.
Mr. Yogesh Sharma
H.O.D Social Science
Social Sciences include variety of subjects, and I am proudly teaching- learning for last 23 years, have been part of many community-based campaigns/ programmes. There has been a growing recognition in many countries that educational institutions should undertake more innovative and pioneering work to explore new areas of research-based study and attract new learners where the provision, once established, might be handed over to other agencies and institutions. This, for example, includes access provision and third-arm activities such as work with local communities, employers, or other groups.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” These lines by Mahatma Gandhi left me in a dilemma between the change I wish to see around and the change that I am prepared to acknowledge. From that point forward, I have consistently been dazzled by social service regardless of whether it has almost no effect by any means, yet the satisfaction I could draw cannot be depicted in words. The idea of ICT Community Seagulls Project appeared with a chance to relive that period of extreme serenity and guaranteed me with an impact to curb out prevalent and common issues faced by my own community. Over the span of this project, all I wish to accomplish is an inclination of fulfilment and learning something from every single member, I am opportune enough to work with.
Matt Mullenweg once said, “Technology is best when it brings people together.” I have always been passionate about technology, exploring new things and creating something out of the knowledge that I have gained. I believe knowledge is fruitless until we utilize it to solve real-life problems. When I came across this project and got to learn that we would be solving some real issues on the ground-level, I was very excited to be the part of it. In this era of change we the gen-Z, it is our responsibility to bring people together when it comes to technology. It our prime duty to be the bridge between technology and the older as well as rural population. Through this project I see forward to bring a change and erase off the difference that technology has bring amongst people.
I like to explore and learn new things. I found this project very interesting and it is an entirely new experience for me. It is a facts based project which will help us witness the actual reality and will encourage us to improve it. This project is actually a great opportunity to make a difference and initiate a change. This will help me contribute towards society and do my bit towards creating this world a better place. Towards the end I really hope that we do create a difference, big or small. I feel when most of us are connected digitally with each other we can definitely surge towards a society where all of us are on the same page.
ICT seagulls is a collaborating project that delivers an occasion for me to express myself while serving the public in the small way that I can by communicating and relating with people.
I aim to be a improved being with more knowledge and real connect with the difficulties of my community and realize the possible requirement to accomplish results.
I have always been enthusiastic about team-based projects. This project did not just offer me an opportunity to work with new people, learn and explore new locales but it offered me a medium to bring a change. It enabled all of us to change the stereotypical mindset about the rural population and allowed them to be technology friendly.
I like to help others and enjoy connecting with others. The ICT Project, a team based project will help me realize the aim of connecting to a wider section of society. It also will help us understand the severity of the situation that while we celebrate the up gradation and enhancement in technology, there is a section of our community which is yet to experience the benefits of technology. This Project, itself is like a book of life lessons, helping us at every stage of the task, and by the end will instill an idea of integrity, and socialism. It will help me grow in terms of knowledge and in person.
Saransh Singh Rawat
I am always inquisitive about new things and this project is really fueling the flame of curiosity within me. The ICT Project has really been an informative journey in every aspect since the start. The chance of solving the problems of our society is open to all but it takes a lot of grit to come forth and work on it. Thus this project is helping us all make a difference in society even if it is big or small, it is helping me know about the depth of problems and about how they are to be solved. I really hope that the research done would enlighten people with facts and stats resulting in attention on this shelved problem.
I like to venture out in search of more skills I can get adept in. When I came across this project through our school I thought that this would be great experience at this new concept through which we can bring about a good change in people around us ergo in our country. At the end what matters is trying, even a slight nudge can make a great difference. In this project we aim to target the population of our country which technologically illiterate so that during these times of covid-19 pandemic the targeted people can stay a little more safe by switching from the physical to the digital mode of life. I assure to give the team full support and making this project a success.
Ms. Kiran Rawat
India is a land of vast population, and it is difficult to spread digital literacy all over the nation. At the same time, a large portion of the adult population is quite ignorant about digital literacy. Thus this topic should really be given attention, especially in times like these. The project taken up by these young minds is quite overwhelming as it will help them understand the real factors responsible for the cause of digital illiteracy among adults. This might surely help them to come up with some solutions to sort out the prevailing problem.
Ms. Rajni Kinha
Physical Education Teacher
I enjoy helping students whenever possible because I feel like it strengthens the bond between the teacher and a student. I participated in this project because I found it to be different than other projects. It not only emphasizes on the problem but actually helps the students find solutions to solve it. They also get a great opportunity to find whether the solutions they find are practically applicable or not. I am really looking forward to see more people getting connected with each other digitally and entering into the Tech-savvy world.
ACT- Process Enhancement
CHECK- Quality Assurance
PLAN- Process Development
DO- Process Implementation
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT CYCLE
What is technological illiteracy and why it is so deeply rooted along the lines of socio-economic benefits?
How will the pandemic affect the access to education of under-privileged children?
Why is misogyny deeply rooted in our institutions and society resulting in hampering the empowerment of woman?
What is technological illiteracy and why it is so deeply rooted along the lines of socio-economic benefits?
WHY DID WE CHOOSE THIS PROBLEM?
It is a prevalent scenario that rural areas tend to remain disconnected and isolated from the rest of the fast-pacing world and from the new technologies, innovative techniques, better and sustained methods of utilising resources they remain mostly devoid of all this essential information due to lack of technological revelation and unfamiliarity of high-tech devices.
we chose this theme because we believe that a more integrated connection of all parts of India irrespective of their social-cultural background is required in order to have effectual utilisation of our resources and a faster paced development of backward areas.
The socio-economic differences in the work culture make integration grim primarily owing to disproportion in access to sophisticated expertise stipulated by a financial gap.
To have a population which is technically knowledgeable we need to have a more mindful exposure to technology which is hampered by lack of monetary resources, one of the main reasons to choose this theme is change the population which is techno-phobic due to dearth of experience with technology to one which is techno-physic.
We are aiming to build up confidence among one of the most susceptible segments of the social order so that they are safe-guarded from exploitation at the hands of others , it will require tackling backwardness and the inequality in literacy rate between the male and female residents
Therefore, our objective of integrating out-reach with knowledge to have responsiveness is the manifestation of the above explanations.
Arcury T., Quandt S., Sandberg J. (2020) Older Adult Internet Use and eHealth Literacy. J Appl Gerontology Vol. 39(2) Pg. No. 2 -10
Majority of population is using internet for various reasons. E-Health literacy is also a widely known concept. Computer stress continues to be negatively associated with E-Health literacy. Educational interventions are needed to help elderly people using internet and technology for becoming E-Health literate and improving E-Health literacy. Increasing old adult internet usage will not only give them access to health information it will also provide a way to verify information. Existing reforms and interventions need improvement and a new design should be proposed limiting computer stress which will encourage older adults to use internet with full efficiency.
Guo J. and Li B. (2018) The Application of Medical Artificial Intelligence Technology in Rural Areas of Developing Countries. Health Equity Vol. 2
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly developing and has proven to be an aid to the world. The use of AI in healthcare will decrease the margin of error significantly. Shortage of qualified medical professions has created inequality between the health services in rural and urban areas. The rural areas have access to low quality of healthcare. Technological intervention of AI can be used to bridge the gap. Promoting medical AI technology can be one mean of alleviating the inequality and provide proper healthcare to all. This will help the older adults who are likely to fall ill more frequently than youth and children. The establishment of a multilevel medical AI service network system is a possible solution and application of medical AI technology.
Singh A. (2016) Digital Literacy: How Prepared Is India to Embrace It? International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence (IJDLDC) 7(3)
Digital literacy received attention as soon as the computer became part of global business and educational culture (Dobson and Wilinsky, 2009). Those who were able to interact with this new technology were considered smart citizens. Although, the term ‘digital literacy’ existed previously to Gilster (1997), the study is still credited for initiating formal discussion on it. The study lacked concise definition of digital literacy and did not have sufficient academic impact. The term digital literacy got much popularity by the first decade of the twenty first century. The concern for digital literacy emerged when the spread of information technology was restrained to limited individuals/groups. OECD (2001) formally recognised the ensuing digital divide and stressed for containing it. Since then there has been continuous debate on need for digital literacy and methods of bridging the digital divide.
Haenssgen M. (2018) The Struggle for Digital Inclusion: Phones, Healthcare, and Marginalization in Rural India World Development Vol. 104 Page no. 358-374
Challenging the framing of “digital inclusion” as an unproblematic process, this paper explored the relationship between mobile phone diffusion and rural Indian households’ access to curative healthcare. Based on previous research in rural India, Macro Haenssgen hypothesized that households without mobile phones are increasingly disadvantaged in their healthcare access if mobile phones diffuse rapidly in their environment. This assumed that health systems comprise actors with different degrees of “responsiveness” to mobile phone use, and that increasing phone diffusion leads these responsive providers to expect health-related phone use among the population. District-level mobile phone diffusion depresses the healthcare access of rural non-adopters of mobile phones, especially for poor households who tend to face more constraints, and for private healthcare providers who tend to be more responsive to health-related mobile phone use. Contrary to its common depiction, the process of digital inclusion delivers tools that intensify the competition for scarce healthcare resource among deprived populations. These conditions indicate that new phone-based technologies may help a broad part of the population to gain access to services, but these innovations are unlikely to include the most marginalized groups. Yet, acquiring a phone before everyone else need not be advantageous either if the system cannot respond to its usage.
Wasan P., Jain N. (2017) Customizing content for rural mobile phones: A study to understand the user needs of rural India Social Network Analysis and Mining Vol. 7
Rural India majorly comprises illiterate, semi-literate population who are generally into experiential learning, a fact that is exhibited in inherited professions and craftsmanship. In a study representative of how rural India uses mobile phones, Mehta has identiﬁed various uses of mobile phones in rural areas, in two different regions of India, namely Bihar and Punjab. While Bihar has low literacy rates and is high on poverty index, Punjab is high on the wealth and afﬂuence and has a much high literacy rate. Ahmed et al. (2013) identiﬁed three main uses of the mobile phones in rural areas, viz. (a) to dial number, search call logs and save for contacts, (b) to search or load for music and videos and (c) call saved numbers, memorize their own phone numbers. Findings of the study relating to rural mobile usage have been collected as headings: 1. Social networking, mobile value-added services (games, Internet, ring tones, music, SMS) 2. Agriculture and allied industries (vegetable farming, dairy farming) 3. Information purposes (agriculture-related information, market information, health services, migrant labour information) 4. Education and development purposes (colleges/training institutes, results, government schemes, subsidy information) 5. Social security, connectivity and safety.
FISH BONE DIAGRAM
LACK OF INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE
POOR CONNECTIVITY AND NETWORK COVERAGE
LACK OF MOTIVATION
INACCESSIBLE TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT
LACK OF SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
COMPLEXITY OF TECHNOLOGY
COMPARISON WITH YOUNGER POPULATION
LACK OF AGING LITERACY
TECHNOLOGICAL ILLITERACY IN ELDERLY RURAL - POPULATION
COLLECTION OF DATA THROUGH QUESTIONNAIRE (BEFORE)
DATA REPRESENTATION (BEFORE)
Awareness and training of Technological Advancement: Scheduling sessions on various features of advanced technology with the elderly to help them become more technologically developed.
Making Technological resources easily available and affordable: Approaching Community Leaders to promote Technological Development in the Rural Community and making resources easily available.
Improving Network Connectivity: Contacting various Network Operators to set up network towers and improving connectivity in rural backward areas.
Boosting up Literacy Rate: Working with various Government institutions such as “AANGANWADI” to promote literacy.
Inspiring people about benefits of technology: Setting up weekly workshops to publicize the benefits of technological advancement.
Reaching out to Elderly population for the advertisement of technology by means of newspapers.
Easing out the technological interface and removing linguistic barriers: Changing language settings in technical equipment to ease out usage.
Specially designed applications for elder people: Co-ordinating with application/website developers to set up age appropriate, user-friendly models for elderly people.
Increasing affordability of technological equipment and reaching out to the masses: Suggesting Government Institutions to issue grants for distributing technical equipment or subsidising technical equipment for elderly people.
Students can be trained to help and guide their grandparents in learning the functions of technological devices: Organising Webinars to train students of our institution in helping their grandparents to become technologically advanced.
Specially organised online classes on technological development for grandparents of students: Commencing online workshops for grandparents of students to popularize technology.
Making Internet plans affordable and increasing connectivity: Suggesting Government Institutions to issue grants for subsidising tariff and internet plans for rural population.
Collaborating with RWAs of different areas to run these awareness campaigns.
Increasing availability of modes to learn about technology usage: Collaborating with radio stations to premiere programs with professionals on benefits and ways to become technologically advanced.
New and effective learning methods to be incorporated in awareness camps.
OBJECTIVES FOR COMMUNITY SEAGULLS PROJECT AND
To ensure a wider and more integrated connection of rural areas with each other and the modern advancing India
Most of the poor and under-privileged people who reside outside the rural fold live on the margins of urban areas and do jobs with minimal income or as wage labors often exposed to exploitation, this leads to a dim chance of them interacting or connecting with the urban and sub-urban population. Thus, socio-economic divisions prevalent in the work culture make integration of rural and urban populations difficult.
A greater exposure to technology
User friendly phones and cheap internet services allow better utilization of resources and improved efficiency in jobs and livelihood for the rural people. Poverty and lack of monetary resources make it difficult for most rural people to afford devices and an internet connection. The lack of technological infrastructure and a techno-phobic view of most people due to dearth of experience with technology. Low literacy level in most households and the disparity between male and female literacy are all obstacles to have a greater exposure to technology.
To Increase the social security of Rural Population
Social security are the programme and schemes that are designed to protect workers and their families. Lack of awareness about these schemes like Old age pension, disabled pension, Maternity Benefit, Gratuity, Employee Compensation among the target population of these initiatives. A hesitancy among the rural population due to low levels of education and apprehensions about the procedure of the same. Exclusion of Unorganised & informal sector from these. Unsystematic identification system in rural India leaves out those in dire need of help.
To build up confidence
Backwardness regarding taking new or/and modern approaches to traditional agricultural practices. A rigid social hierarchy still prevalent in the rural areas make women apprehensive and low on self-esteem to take new work initiatives or break through the boundaries of their home.
Increase in Democratic participation through egalitarian practices and manifestation of democratic principles
Lack of decentralization of power means that local bodies are not effective in bringing any major policy change. A patriarchal mindset that inhibits most women to exercise decision making powers in the elected office.
Enhancements of the economic contribution of rural people
On a broader level rise in allegations of crony capitalism is the first roadblock. Disguised unemployment in agricultural farms and fields. Lack of access to information that can enable a more efficient and recyclable use of most things. Lack of execution of schemes that are directed to provide employment to rural India. Exploitation of labour and other workers by the hands of the privileged.
COLLECTION OF DATA THROUGH QUESTIONNAIRE (AFTER)
DATA REPRESENTATION (AFTER)
(BEFORE VS AFTER)
PERCENTAGE OF SUCCESS
From the Data Collected after Implementing the Strategies, the Success Rate has been as follows:
Using Smartphones: 99%
Video Call: 81%
Independent Usage: 74%
Assistance Availability: 93%
Language Comfort: 39%
Internet Access: 85%
Digital Payment: 54%
Advanced Usage: 82%
Application for Live News: 32
With the findings of our Project, We conducted more workshops and webinars with grandparents of our school students and people from rural background who lack technological literacy. We are targeting to improve our percentage of success with conducting more webinar and surveys aiming to connect with the rural population surrounding our city. With the declining of Covid-19 situation, we are trying to move in the physical mode of connecting with people who lack technological resources.
2 April 2021| 5:30 pm | Zoom
AGENDA OF THE MEETING
Beginning the work on the project
1. The theme of sustainable development needs to be linked with local awareness and social outreach.
2. Quick introduction of the ICT Seagulls Project and assigning the duties to each member.
3. The large part of Indian population resides in rural areas.
4. Rural population's way of life can be a roadmap of development is made efficient.
5. Focus of the theme should relate to all sections of population as rural India does not operate in isolation.
6. Urban population due to exposure to modern education knows about sustainable development.
7. This knowledge is lacking in rural India.
8. Knowledge and outreach together over ways of sustainable development.
9. The world is borrowed from future generation.
10. Suggestions of slogans to be given in 2-3 lines by communication head.
11. Use of questionnaire to collect data.
Data collections would require going outside under teacher supervision.
12. Literacy level might pose a problem.
13 april 2021| 5:30 pm | Zoom
AGENDA OF THE MEETING
redirection and guidance on the initial steps of the topic
1. Fish bone diagram is for problem-analysis and solving techniques
2. The reason why the area was picked up ?
3. Why the project is important ?
4. Research problem - brainstorming
5. Facts are not problems
6. Theory needs to be related to real life
7. Economic and social feasibility and point of view are important
8. Personal connect to the project
9. OUR PROBLEM- planning
10. Make the content more concise
11. Matrix diagram
12. Choose one more cause and try to solve it
13. Make an individual fishbone
14 . Resources from NGOs
Sponsors and school administration
17 april 2021| 11:30 am | zoom
Saransh singh rawat
AGENDA OF THE MEETING
how to prepare summaries and use google scholar
1. There is a standarized 8-step process to conduct research
2. Deductive method is quick and anchor based and it gives no new information
3. Inductive method is slow process and a method of discovery
4. Deductive method focuses on human beings therefore we will use deductive method for our research
5. We focus on the following
What is the problem
What is its impact
Why is it relevant
6. Research tool will be developed (survey)
7. Conclusions will be drawn and revised based on the data collected
8. Lit. Review needs to be clear cut and focused
9. Define the technological aspect
10. Define the rural area
11. Tech. Is about growing as a person, socially
12. Qualities of a technologically literate person
13. Qualities of a technically literate rural person
14. Limitations on exposure
16. Read the abstract and the conclusion
17. Review of lit. Needs to be in alphabetical order as we are using APA style of research
18. The document should have a concrete format
21 april 2021| 6:00 pm | zoom
AGENDA OF THE MEETING
Discussion on how to go about the preparation of Roadmap Ppt and Abstract
1.ROADMAP PPT( Sauransh, Riya, Devash)
Steps: #Deciding the tool to be used.
#Selecting sample population.
# Pilot research:
Conducting interviews( Vanshika)
-> Roadmap ppt to be prepared by 23 April, 2021
2. ABSTRACT(Saransh, Shagun, Kashish)
-> Abstract to be prepared by tomorrow, i.e., 22 April, 2021
3. LITERATURE REVIEW
-> to be shared by everyone by tomorrow evening.
8 may 2021| 4:00 pm | zoom
AGENDA OF THE MEETING
Discussion over questions that are to be added in the questionnaire.
1.Do you use a phone (smart or basic)? Yes/No
2. Do you have your personal device or have to share with other family members?
3.Do you know how to make a video call? Yes/No
4. In case you face any difficulty in operation mobile or other device, do you have anyone to assist you?
5. In which language are you comfortable for communication?
6. Are you independent to use mobile phones or computer applications?
7. Are you able to change the language of your device as per your comfort?
8. Do you find the tariff and mobile phone plans affordable?
9. Are you able to access internet on your devices?
10. Are you able to access the benefits of digital payments?
11. Are you using your mobile devices for functions other than calling?
12. How can technological literacy be improved in your region?
13. Reasons for not using mobile phones or any other technological equipment?
14. How do you get news/ information related to agriculture, business, society,etc.?
15. How do you keep yourself updated about changing technologies in sectors like agriculture?
16. I am aware of emerging technologies and understand the capabilities and limitations of using emerging technologies? Yes/No
17. What type of mobile device do you use?
=>If any one has any suggestions, kindly share in the group.
28th May 2021 | 2:45 p.m.| Zoom
Saransh Singh Rawat
Agenda of The Discussion
Discussion on strategies to be followed in order to solve the problem and how to finally present the data.
A) Strategies in order to improve technical literacy amongst elderly people-:
1) Conducting a zoom session with grandparents to help them use their gadgets more efficiently.
2) Conducting a zoom session with primary wing children to encourage them and tell them how they can help their grandparents.
3) Making video tutorials to assist people while using technology.
B) Assigning work for web page and zoom sessions
1) Vanshika and Shagun - Reaching out to students and encourage them to join the zoom session.
2) Sauransh - Starting to work on web page
3) Palak - Conducting zoom session with grandparents
4) Riya - Making a list of students based on form responses
WEB ADDRESS OF SCHOOL:
ICT SEAGULLS WEBSITE:
MS. HAYAL KOKSAL:
True guidance in the darkness is that ray of light which is enough to show us the correct path to be taken ahead. It was only because of the guidance of Madam Suman Gulati (Director, Blue Bells Group of Schools), Madam Alka Singh (Principal, Blue Bells Model School), Madam Dr. Madhu Gupta (Project Leader), Madam Sanjna Bhasin (Supporting Leader), Sir Yogesh Sharma (Project Advisor) and most importantly Dr. Hayal Köksal whose constant assistance made us succeed in our mission with flying colors. We, the members of Socio-Tech Connectors extend a heartiest thanks and gratitude to them and to each one who helped us in completing our mission in the most perfect manner. We hope to help you all whenever you are in need and try to become your true friend indeed.