“Our kids are really young. They didn’t know how to come on screen, or click. We had to have parents helping. Sometimes, they would be eating or drinking. Or they’d wander off,” said Mridula Pattanath (50), a primary teacher at DPS Sector 45, Gurgaon. To draw them in, she had to quickly adapt – with augmented reality, virtual reality (VR) and lots of videos. They have adapted so well she is worried the kids may not want to come back to regular school at all.
Just outside Gurgaon, but a world away, Manoj Lakra, 48, is also using VR. “It’s a cardboard box and two lenses, costs Rs 10,” he said.