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ICT programmes in school education: PPP models vs. integrated approach

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
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2010
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ICT programmes in school education: PPP models vs. integrated approach

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
2010
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Research Papers and Reports

The study of two large 'ICTs programmes in School Education' (IPSE) programmes of neighboring Indian states reveals some interesting insights. The integrated model followed in Kerala's IT@Schools programme, which focused on developing systemic in-house capabilities anchored around school teachers, has shown considerable success; in terms of higher teacher engagement, integration of computer learning with the regular learning processes, significant cost efficiencies, greater per-learner computer availability, and development of teacher networks and collaborative content creation processes, which support teacher professional development.

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ICT programmes in schools in Yadgir District

Gurumurthy Kasinathan, Krittika Vishwanath
2010
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Research Papers and Reports

IT for Change was commissioned to design and carry out a study on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programmes in schools in the Yadgir and Sedam blocks of Yadgir district (Karnataka, India).

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Impact assessment study on the 'Regional resource centre for elementary education' (RRCE)

Gurumurthy Kasinathan with Bindu Thirumalai and Krittika Vishwanath
2010
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Research Papers and Reports

The objectives of this study are two-fold: (1) conduct an impact assessment of the project of the Regional resource centre for elementary education (RRCE), and (2) make recommendations for defining future direction of the work and improving its effectiveness.

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Gurumurthy Kasinathan with Bindu Thirumalai and Krittika Vishwanath
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Impact assessment study on the 'Regional resource centre for elementary education' (RRCE)

Gurumurthy Kasinathan with Bindu Thirumalai and Krittika Vishwanath
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http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/USRN.pdf
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2010
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Note on policy for teacher professional development

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
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http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/Brief%20note%20on%20Policy%20for%20Teacher%20professional%20development%20-%20role%20of%20ICTs.pdf
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2011
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Note on policy for teacher professional development

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
2011
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Policy Documents

IT for Change has been working in the area of ICTs and education, at the levels of research, capacity building and pilot programme. Based on our work, this note exposes ways in which ICTs could be used as an integral part of the education system and its processes to promote teacher professional development. The digital medium has the capacity to allow local knowledge construction while equally supporting text, audio and video modes. Hence its potential for revolutionising teaching learning needs to be explored. However, in order to be successful, this exploration needs to be firmly grounded in both educational aims/philosophies and in educational contexts, as well as anchored by educationists.

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Policy brief – ICTs in education. Outsourced versus Integrated Approach

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
2009
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Policy Documents
A number of state education departments in India are launching computer learning programmes in schools. The predominant model for this programme is to outsource the entire program to vendors. However a few states like Kerala have successfully in-sourced this program, by building in-house capacities to conduct this programme. This paper discusses outsourced versus integrated models in this area, drawing from our research in two states of India.
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Policy on ICTs for a public institution

IT for Change
June
2011
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Policy Documents

The work of public institutions leads to continuous creation of knowledge, but such knowledge often remains with specific individuals or institutions. This policy brief argues for sharing of such individual knowledge across the institution, and sharing of institutional knowledge across the domain through the use of publicly available ICTs. It also outlines an organisational policy on ICTs, besides providing a list of public software resources for common organisational use.

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Research

As there is little research on the actual pedagogical impact of the use of ICT in education programmes, IT for Change (ITfC) has conducted a series of studies about various dimensions of ICTs in education, examining the programmes in Kerala and Karnataka, and the potential of ITCs to build networks of teachers beyond  the traditional top-down in-service teacher training programmes. ITfC also conducted a study of ICT programmes in Yadgir district (Karnataka) and of the Regional Resource Centre for Education project of Delhi University.

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