Education and ICTs

Recently, there was a news item about a corporate social responsibility (CSR) organisation adopting 16 government schools in Haryana. Adoption signifies the taking over of caregiving of a child who has no parent or guardian. It suggests inability of or abandonment by the primary caregiver.
And the popular impression of government schools…

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…

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…

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Being part of the education team in IT for Change, I have been talking about the greatness of the Kerala IT @ Schools project for about two years now. But I had yet to visit this project and learn from it first hand. Such an opportunity finally came along when the DSERT staff…

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In a proposal to RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamika Shikshana Abhiyana), IT for Change (ITfC), suggested the creation of Subject Teachers Forums (Kalika Balaga) across the state. And to back this initiative, we had to confirm to RMSA that the educational tools required for creating such…

On 7th March 2011, almost the entire office was mobilised to help the TCoL team managing the Bal Mela they organised at GKHPS Akkitimanahalli (Bengaluru). The event aimed at introducing the children to computers, but some children were too young to be able to do so; which is why we all searched deep…

Last week, the TCoL team participated in the Bal Mela which was organised by American India Foundation (AIF) in GMPS Puttenhalli. This was our first major event with children as part of the TCoL project. We were excited but at the same time did not know what to expect and decided to go with the…

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Yesterday, IT for Change, as part of the TCoL (Teachers' Communities of Learning) programme conducted a BalMela at GKHPS Akkitimanahalli, Bengaluru. The programme ran all day. It began with the children experiencing a puppet…

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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…

"The Teacher's Communities of Learning (TCoL) Project conducted a "Camera as Teaching Learning Material" workshop recently in GMPS Puttenahalli. This workshop was a unique one for the TCoL team as it was the first time we were attempting to introduce other ICTs (camera) as a Teaching-learning material tool. It was also the first time the…