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Demonstration Project

IT for Change is implementing a pilot project, 'Teachers Communities of Learning' (TCoL), in Bengaluru (Karnataka) to reclaim the agency of teachers in the developing of informed and responsible citizens. It has two main objectives: (1) building a network of government school teachers, focusing on their professional developmental and motivational needs, and (2) designing and developing collaboratively digital-learning resources, using FOSS education software tools.

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Our important sites of learning have been our field demonstration projects at the school and block levels – one in Yadgir and one in Bengaluru city schools. Both these sites of work represent two different kinds of impoverished environments; the first is a socially and educationally backward district and the second is an inner-city context, where students come very marginalized sections of society.

The Subject Teacher Forum (STF) is an “in-service teacher education” programme for high school teachers in Karnataka was started in 2010-11 by Rashtriya Madhyamika Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA) Karnataka, in collaboration with IT for Change.

ITfC worked with Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT), Karnataka, to create a 'Teachers Communities of Learning' through the Subject Teacher Forums, Karnataka in Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences across 34 districts of Karnataka,. The program was based on the extensive and intensive use of public digital resources to build and support teachers networks as well as to  to create a resource rich learning environment in mathematics, science, english and social science subjects.

IT for Change (ITfC), along with the Department of State Research Education and Training (DSERT), and Policy Planning Unit (PPU) and Development Focus (DF) (a local NGO) have designed and implemented a pilot “Teachers Community of Learning” (TCOL) programme in Bangalore district South 3 block during 2010-11.

With support from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) we made a film titled 'Transforming Teacher Education with Public Software' to convey the core principles of our intervention in the STF. The main idea behind the film is to enable policy makers and administrators of other states in India, and also other countries, to get a clear idea of the principles and processes involved in adopting public educational software in their public education systems.