public education

2017

As a part of the its implementation of its ICT program in schools, the department of School Education is working on developing the Telangana Repository of Open Educational Resources (TROER) web portal, which will be the Telangana State portal of OER, on the lines of the National Repository of OER (NROER).

IT for Change worked with the…

2017

Paper presented at the National Conference on ICT in Education, organized by Regional Institute of Education, Mysuru from 1-3, February 2017.

Abstract

In-service teacher-education (INSET) in the Government school system is characterised by centralised program design, didactic teacher professional development (TPD) processes and…

2017

Building teacher networks and supporting teacher development through digital methods is an important area of our field engagement.  Our teacher education models have adopted the Professional Learning Community approach to in-service teacher education programs. The key objectives of these programs are to build teacher capacities and…

2017

It is recognised that a strong public education system is indispensable for universal education of an equitable quality. In the absence of public education, there can be no 'right to education'.

In the same manner, 'public software' - software that is freely available to all (Free and Open Source Software) is indispensable to ensuring…

2017

ITfC helped the Telangana Department of School Education to develop the ICT syllabus and textbook for high school and higher primary school students, and the corresponding teacher handbook, with support from CIET (NCERT) and CEMCA. This is the first such effort based on the National ICT curriculum, 2013. The textbook emphasises collaboration…

2016

During 2010- 16, ITfC designed and implemented a new model of teacher-education, based on ‘professional community of practice’ amongst teachers, in collaboration with RMSA and DSERT Karnataka,called the 'Subject Teacher Forum' program (STF). On similar lines, ITfC in partnership with RMSA Assam and UNICEF to implement the Assam STF program.…

2016

As a part of the “Research on Open Educational Resources for Development” project, ITfC conducted an action research on a collaborative OER adoption project in Karnataka. In phase 2 of this project, ITfC will study OER use by teachers and develop a toolkit for state governments on collaborative OER adoption program, based on professional…

2016

In this article in Deccan Herald, Gurumurthy Kasinathan expresses concern over the increasing trend of government schools being "adopted" by CSR initiatives, on the basis of introducing ‘efficient’ practices and improving infrastructure. This, he argues, changes the fundamental nature of government schooling, which should be steered through…

2015

Gurumurthy Kasinathan, presented a paper titled 'Domination and emancipation: A framework for assessing ICT and Education programs' at the CESI Conference, on 14th December, 2015. The theme of the conference was 'Education: Domination, Emancipation and Dignity'. The presentation attempted to consolidate insights on the transformatory potential…

2015

Gurumurthy Kasinathan writes about the zero-sum game of ranking districts on their SSLC performance ranking. These rankings create undue stress leading to multiple preparatory examinations which may not be the best thing for the students and the teachers. He analyses the problematic nature of these rankings and suggests alternatives in an…