Have you imagined classrooms of the future, how they would look? Today, despite the smart-device revolution and near-ubiquitous networks, technology is viewed as a distraction in a classroom, and even more so in an exam-room. Having taught several classes of size 100+ at IIT Bombay, I believe that technology can be a positive enabler in a smart classroom. Future classrooms should have enhanced interactivity, and enriched communication through the correct use of technology. Students should be able to collaborate with one another, and teachers should be able to interact better with students, get feedback on their understanding, and also conduct exams easily. The path to this vision lies in the effective use of the smart-phones already lying in the students’ pockets, to build a smart classroom.
We have conceptualized several applications in this direction. The applications below are in different stages of development: some in early prototypes, some well tested and used.