Education

2013

ITfC participated in the the first South Asia Ministerial Forum (SAMF) in New Delhi on 11-12 Feb 2013. The SAMF organised by UNESCO New Delhi, MHRD and Intel saw the participation of Education Ministers from all the SAARC countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka as well as Minster of…

2013

The Government of Rajasthan floated a tender for the purchase of 112,000 laptops in January 2013. In their bid document they have specifically asked for proprietary software to be provided by the vendor. IT for Change worked with the network of educationists across India, to write a letter to the Government asking it to re-consider the waste of…

2013

ITfC worked with Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT), Karnataka, to create professional learning communities of Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences teachers, through the Subject Teacher Forum program (STF) across 34 districts of Karnataka. The program…

2012

Gurumurthy, IT for Change was a member of the MHRD 12 five year plan group on Teacher Education, and contributed to the chapter on ICT integration in Teacher Education, in the plan document for Teacher Education. The plan document recommends the adoption of free and open technologies to enable teachers to collaborate with one another to create…

2012

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…

2012

ICT tools, when used effectively in schools, give opportunities for teachers to self-learn and build on their subject knowledge. Eventually it provides the students a new context for engaging with these subjects. Bindu Thirumalai, in her piece in The Hindu, explains how innovations in technology have helped educators explore possibilities of…

2012

Digital platforms and tools can support widespread construction of learning resources and allow teachers to create local learning resources. However proprietary apps control over knowledge creation and sharing is a big impediment. Gurumurthy Kasinathan  in a piece for The Hindu, makes the case for curriculum and teaching-…

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…

2011

ITfC made a presentation at NUEPA, in a workshop for education Secretaries from different states, on the guidelines for ICT @ School program. The presentation discussed key challenges facing teacher education and the need to evolve new models of teacher education that are need based, self directed and self paced learning with…

2011

ITfC made a presentation to the Secretaries of Education from different state governments. The presentation explains the need to move from 'first generation programs' where students only learn word, notepad, paint etc, through vendor faculty, bypassing teachers, to "second generation programs" - where teachers use software tools to create…