Teachers' Professional Learning Communities being established in Telangana and Assam
The 'Subject Teacher Forum' program of Karnataka education department has created 'professional learning communities' of Government High School teachers, who are using digital technologies for collaborative learning and creation of open educational resources (OERs) in mathematics, science and social science. The OERs created are available on 'Karnataka Open Educational resources' (KOER) web portal.
Thanks to the success of the 'Subject Teacher Forum' program, the Telangana and Assam education departments invited ITfC to partner with them to create professional learning communities in their states. During February, IT for Change designed and conducted workshops for Assam mathematics teachers. Though most of the teachers had no prior computer experience, in the second workshop, many mathematics teachers came to the workshop with their own laptops, some newly purchased! The Assamese teachers are also keen to create OERs in Assamese language, similar to KOER.
In Telangana, the mathematics and science teachers trained by ITfC are now preparing to conduct trainings of their colleagues in all ten districts of the state, this will create a community of around 10,000 mathematics and science government school teachers in the state. The Telangana teachers have also created OERs in mathematics, science and social science which the department plans to host on-line.