Literacy device Guruji comprises of .

An LED-based Blackboard

  • Physical Size: 15″ x 12″
  • Active Display Size: 13″ x 6.5″
  • Power consumption: 850 mW
  • Can be placed on a table or hung on a wall
  • Very sturdy, robust and portable device with no moving parts
  • Battery can be charged from mains or from a suitable solar panel
Operated using a Hand-held TV-like Remote to

  • Change the language
  • Change the lesson
  • Pause/resume
  • Stop/start voice
  • Increase/decrease drawing speed
  • Draw one character repeatedly
Guruji draws and pronounces numbers and alphabets in four languages English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati. Click here to view a list of lessons and teaching instructions currently available.
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Guruji bridges the gap to achieve total literacy

Literacy Device - Guruji with remote and charger

  • Enables less trained teachers
  • Guruji is not a computer. Extremely easy to operate using a TV-remote like device. Anyone with just elementary education can run a class with Guruji.

  • Needs minimum schooling infrastructure
  • Suitable for rural environment. Doesn’t need continuous internet or even electricity supply. Once charged runs on inbuilt battery for 20 hours. Battery chargeable using solar panel.

  • Flexible, effective teaching format
  • External speaker can be connected for a large audience and inputs can be given via an electronic keyboard

  • Effective in achieving adult literacy
  • Adult illiteracy has direct impact on various social problems like child labour, female infanticide, witchcraft etc. Guruji achieves adult literacy in easy and efficient manner by a very directed content focused on literacy. Literate parents can also support their children at home by connecting with the teaching in the school.

Become Literate using Guruji

Learning of elementary skills such as reading, writing, counting, addition etc. happens in the subconscious. And the subconscious learns best through regular, systematic, repeated exposure.

The innovated method of teaching elementary skills primarily involves five components:

  1. View – view the content that is being drawn on an electronic screen at a user selectable speed. The content being drawn could be an alphabet, composite character, word or an arithmetic step.
  2. Listen – listen to what has been drawn.
  3. Speak – speak out what has been drawn
  4. Write – After first three steps have been sufficiently internalized, practice writing on a slate what is being shown on the electronic blackboard.
  5. Repeat – Repeat the short lesson of user selectable length continuously.

The View-Listen-Speak-Write-Repeat method has been implemented on an inexpensive robust, simple LED based blackboard for rural environment. The concept can also be implemented on a computer screen, mobile phone and other forms of digital screens.

To explain the concept of matras, keeping the alphabet intact, Guruji adds one matra at a time to the alphabet and speaks out the resultant conjunct.

In the word section, each of the matras is used to form words.

To explain the concept of counting, Guruji displays increasing number of balls on the left and the corresponding number on the right.

In order to explain addition, Guruji keeps on adding a digit to itself successively 10 times, e.g., 2+2=4; 4+2=6; …18+2=20. Likewise for other digits. Repeated viewing of this chain drives home the concept of addition. Repetition is essential for learning. If a child is asked to add 2+3, he will do one addition. If he is asked to make a chain of 2+3, he will perform 10 additions.
Subtraction is taught in a similar manner.

For multiplication, multiplication table of the selected number is played repeatedly to help the students memorize it.

Division, the most difficult of the arithmetic skills, has two set of lessons.

In the first set, the concept of division is illustrated through a chain of successive numerators divided by a digit e.g., 3/3=1; 4/3=1 1/3; 5/3=1 2/3; 6/3=2; and so on.

In the second set, common numerator is divided by successive digits, e.g., 30/5=6; 30/6=5; 30/7= 4 2/7; and so on.

At present, lessons are available in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English.