Gurucharan's fundraiser to bring technology to the classroom

I teach a class of 46 adorable, curious and hardworking Grade 5 kids at the Kottur Primary School run by the Corporation of Chennai. Despite the corporation's best efforts in the face of challenges of huge-scale, there is a scarcity of resources made available to the school. Most of my kids are from economically disadvantaged communities and thus have very limited exposure and access to learning opportunities.  In addition, most of my kids are 3 grade levels behind in their reading and math abilities.

To reduce this gap in knowledge, skills and improve learning outcomes significantly, I am raising funds to bring technology in the form of low-cost tablets to the classroom. These tablets will be loaded with textbooks and readily available content from Khan Academy ( and BrainPOP ( with the sole purpose of enabling the following outcomes:

1. Personalised learning: I am envisioning a classroom where the one-size fits all methodology is dispensed with and students can watch these videos as many times as they so desire at home and understand the concepts at their individual pace.
2. Increased productivity of teacher-student interaction: With videos effectively removing lecture time, the teacher's time will be better spent interacting with students, facilitating learning amongst peers and providing focused guidance to students,who are stuck with a particular concept
3. Reusability and availability of content over an extended period of time: Unlike paper text books which are fraught with storage and handling issues, digital content will always remain at the disposal of the students and be used at any point in time across their learning journeys.
4. Digital Literacy: In the modern day and age, the importance of digital literacy cannot be overstated. As a part of this project, I also wish to provide every child with an email account and impart them basic skills on how to use powerpoint, Microsoft office etc to better prepare them for what is out there.

The need of the hour is to bring my kids to grade-level and expose them to a plethora of opportunities. My class of 'scholars' are committed to this path and your contribution will go a long way in helping them achieve their goals.

Thank you,

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16th April 2016
Dear Supporters, my name is Sriram Ranga, I am a Milaap Fellow in Chennai. I'm here with updates for you on a Milaap Open campaign, which was a big success thanks to your support.

Last week, I met with Gurucharan Bopparaju, a Fellow at Teach for India (TFI). Guru teaches at the Kottur Government School. He is a favorite among his kids: chatty and energetic 6th - 7th graders who love his math classes.

Guru is a passionate advocate of the Khan Academy’s learning methods and has been working hard to bring digital literacy and personalized learning to these kids. With the support of the Chennai Corporation, school leadership, several private donors, and this fundraiser campaign, Guru and his colleagues have now set up a computer lab with 26 PCs backed by UPS with fiber broadband connectivity and headsets.

Students have cumulatively spent over 4000 hours of instructional time on Khan Academy, Matific ( and a variety of other educational content. They master eleven arithmetic skills for every training hour spent on average. They also watch videos to learn about values such as grit, optimism based on the life stories of eminent personalities like Nelson Mandela, PT Usha and MS Subbulakshmi.

The initiative has brought some additional benefits too. Seven teachers of the city corporation are now using the computer lab for TFI's teacher training program Firki (, to complete self-paced online learning courses and enhance their pedagogical skills and competencies for teaching in low-income communities.

“I am glad that the Milaap-TFI partnership has been a success so far, and wish for this to continue for a long time,” says Guru, visibly satisfied.

Several TFI Fellows are raising funds for various initiatives on Milaap Open. Please consider empowering these other current campaigns with your support:

(1) Gowtham Reddy’s fundraiser to make sure every child counts and counts big

(2) Kashish Aggarwal’s fundraiser to build infrastructure for a low income school

(Sriram Ranga is a Milaap Fellow in Chennai. He assesses the impact of Milaap’s crowd-funded campaigns and brings inspiring stories of champions to donors. He also evangelizes crowd-funding for other social causes in the city. He can be reached at

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