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Education and ICTs

A Cross National Teacher Training Exchange

On the 21st of July IT for Change organised an interaction for around 50 student-teachers from Netherlands and around 20 of their counterparts from Bangalore. These student-teachers from The Netherlands were part of Edukans Education Experience Program where students exchange information and knowledge with students abroad. The Indian students were from a teacher training institute called Nottredam.

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An English Class at Puttenahalli

Last week, I attended my first class at Government Model Primary School (GMPS) Puttenahalli. Mary Shyla, one of our English teachers was taking an English class on Demonstrative Pronouns for her 5th Std students using Tux Paint (a public software tool). Before Shyla brought her students to the computer lab, I helped her switch on the computers and open Tux Paint. Her class walked in a line, very quiet and sat themselves down in groups in front of the computer. There were about 5 students per computer. Immediately they started playing without the tool without waiting for instructions from their teacher.

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Facilitating a computer-aided learning workshop

I facilitated the last batch of a two-day workshop the programme of the Policy Planning Unit (PPU) of the Education Department, Government of Karnataka, ‘Master Trainers on Public Software educational tools’, organised on 17-18 February at the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) premises. Majority of the participants were Block Resource Persons (BRPs) who came from all parts of Karnataka and had a degree in science and mathematics.

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Giroux and the aims of education

The article by Giroux has several thought provoking ideas and assertions on the aims of education, the social context of school today, the role of teachers and education administrators... Debating: * Leadership vs management * Theory vs practice * Testing/measurable indicators and assessment * Training vs education * Role of teachers in student learning/achivement * Privatisation vs public good * Education policy in the USA to read the article visit Truthout
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ICT workshop - Mandya 11-13 October 2010

This workshop was conducted to give Institutional Capacity Development team (Mandya) an overview on ICT possibilities in education and thus to explore how ICT can be effectively used in ICD programme to achieve its objectives.

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ICTs in Education. Orientation workshop report

The objectives of this workshop were: - To introduce teachers and department officials to the program's goals and processes. - To identify the interested teachers for the project. - To brainstorm with them on possible strategies for using ICTs in Education. - To introduce them to the basics on computer use and the possibilities of ICT based education The workshop was held on 13th and 14th of September, 2010 at Church Hall, Station Bazaar Road, Yadgir.
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Integrating ICTs in teacher training

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May: three workshops on Public Software in India

May 14-15 2010: Jaipur- 'What is Free Software and why is it relevant to you?' May 18-19 2010: Delhi- 'What is Free Software and why is it relevant to you?' May 27-29, 2010: Kochi, Kerala- Software in Public Sector, with focus on Public Education' For more information, please go to the Public-Software Website

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Social Science workshops at Rashtriya Madhyamika Shikshana Abhiyan (RMSA)

The last day of the State Master trainer's Social Science workshop saw an interesting discussion emerging out of the presentation of the local government. One participant made an interesting statement: “yesterday the buzzword was behaviourism, teachers were following it. Today it is constructivism and teachers are following it. Tomorrow it will be something else and teachers will be forced to follow it”. This is a controversial yet powerful statement, where it is evident that unfortunately teachers are bound to the system and barely have a voice in the decision-making process.

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