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Telangana ICT student text book and teacher hand book

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Curriculum Inputs

The Telangana Department of School Education (DSE) is keen to integrate technology into teaching and learning in sustained and meaningful ways. It believes that this requires development of good quality digital resources as Open Educational Resources (OER), teacher training on digital methods and processes to create and use OER as well as the development of a school curriculum, including a student ICT text book and teacher ICT hand book that focuses on building digital skills and competencies in students.

IT for Change is working with the department to design and develop the ICT syllabus and design and conduct teacher development programs. These will be in line with the NCERT National ICT curriculum, 2013, which has interpreted ICT in newer and powerful ways, such as moving beyond application learning, encouraging a comprehensive view of digital literacy, seamless subject integration, and emphasizing creation and collaboration in a free and open technology environment.
ITfC’s work in developing the ICT text book and hand book as OER has been supported by CEMCA. Support has been received from IDRC through the Research on OER for Developing Countries (ROER4D) program, as an action research to evolve robust models based on participatory approaches to OER adoption through professional learning communities of teachers. ITfC had worked with RMSA and DSERT Karnataka to evolve this model through the Subject Teacher Forum – Karnataka Open Educational Resources (STF-KOER) program over 2011-16, and this model will be further refined through the work in Telangana.

ITfC has conducted workshops for mathematics, science and social science teachers on OER creation and will design and conduct workshops over 2017 to support teachers to transact the ICT syllabus in the schools.

The state is also in the process of developing an OER policy that will support ongoing / creation in the state. To support the digital classrooms, the state, in partnership with ITfC, is developing and launching the Telangana Repository of Open Educational Resources (TROER) platform to facilitate teachers to access, create and share OER.