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Advocacy campaigns for a national policy on ICT in school education - 2008-2012

IT for Change
2008
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Advocacy Statements
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Policy Documents

CABE accepts ICT in school education policy - June 2012

Read the final version of the policy on ICTS in School Education

In January 2008, MHRD released a draft policy on ICTs in school education. This policy, created by a committee that included big businesses interested in the 'ICT in education' space was hugely problematic - in a way looking at education as a process of private sector training of public system teachers in its resources and models, creating labour force for the global economy. Many educationists were uncomfortable with both the process and substance of this and organised consultations on this policy, networked (the ict-education-india googlegroups was created for this) to build broad positions, submitted several policy advocacy letters as well as substantive comments on the policy, some of us met officials in MHRD and other institutions to explain how ICTs in education required a deep understanding of education, rather than of just technology.  In November 2008, the MHRD minister cancelled the privatised policy making process (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ministerial-panel-to-draft-hrds-ict-policy-for-schools/401222/). The policy itself had three more drafts over the next 3 years -  the second policy draft included many of our suggestions - education perspectives, focus on teacher education, support constructivist approaches to integrating ICTs in education, systemic integration rather than just hardware and software procurement, resource rich environment, FOSS etc, and was quite different from the first one. The fourth and final version, which further refines the second draft is available here.

The issue of 'vendor driven ICT policy/program' was also raised by Vinod Raina in the CABE. He was part of a CABE sub committee which looked into this and their report provides several ideas on the role ICTs should play in education. 

Both the final ICT policy in school education and the CABE committee report were unanimously adopted at the last CABE meeting on June 6 2012 and these documents can guide the design and implementation of ICT programs in school education, whose budgets will only increase exponentially over time... (UP budget presented this month earmarks 2200+crores for laptops/tablets for students. Hopefully this will support some of the ideas in the policy rather than just continue the failed PPP/BOOT models)

 

In 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) published a policy draft on 'ICTs in  School Education'. IT for Change (ITfC) actively campaigned to challenge the draft policy, advocating for a greater participation of educationalists in the policy design promoting thereby a constructivist ICT at schools model for both teachers and students. 

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AICTE notification on compulsory use of Office 365 suite

AICTE
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http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/AICTE_notice%20_3_.pdf
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2013
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Blended Teacher Education Models

2014
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Advocacy Statements

IT for Change was a member in the Committee constituted by NCTE to deliberate on recommendations 8 and 12 of the Justice Verma Commission report.

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Community of Practice for teacher-educators

2014
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Project Frameworks

ITfC has been working with teacher-educators from DIETs and CTEs (Colleges of Teacher Education) in Karnataka, over the last few years, to build a 'community of practice' for teacher educators. This 'Community of Practice for teacher-educators' (COP TE) is being build in collaboration with DSERT with support from CEMCA. Through capacity building workshops, ITfC has helped teacher to to integrate ICTs for their professional development as well as teacher education activities.

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Computer learning programmes in schools - Moving from BOOT models to an integrated approach

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
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http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/clps.pdf
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2009
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Computer learning programmes in schools - Moving from BOOT models to an integrated approach

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
2009
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Policy Documents

Computer learning programmes in schools (CLPS) in India have largely failed to achieve their goals of positively impacting learning processes and outcomes in schools. Implemented usually through 'PPP' (Public Private Partnership) models, these programmes have been treated largely as  silos. Schools and teachers have not seen  computer learning as an integral part of education, and the overall education processes, which has compromised their ownership over, and engagement with the programme.

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Creating Teachers Communities of Learning - Subject Teacher Forum Karnataka January 2013

IT for Change
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http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/Creating%20Teachers%20Communities%20of%20Learning%20-%20%20Subject%20Teacher%20Forum%20Karnataka%20January%202013.pdf
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2012
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Draft letter to Rajasthan Government on Tender document for purchase of laptops (ODT)

IT for Change
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http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/Draft%20Letter%20to%20Rajasthan%20Government%20on%20Tender%20document%20for%20purchase%20of%20laptops%20Feb%202013%20%28copy%29.odt
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2013
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Draft letter to Rajasthan Government on Tender document for purchase of laptops (RTF)

IT for Change
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http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/Draft%20Letter%20to%20Rajasthan%20Government%20on%20Tender%20document%20for%20purchase%20of%20laptops%20Feb%202013%20%28copy%29.rtf
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2013
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