IT for Change adopts a critical perspective to the nature and manner in which digital technologies are shaping society, while being shaped largely by powerful interests in society. At the same time, it becomes important to be able to demonstrate alternative ways in which digital technologies can be envisioned, and programs designed and implemented, to strengthen the marginalized sections of society.
IT for Change has been consistently demonstrating models of technology appropriation and use, that are participatory and support public ownership of digital resources - be it software, or connectivity, or cultural / educational content or data. Our field projects in the area of community informatics through Prakriye - our field centre, and in education, through our Centre for Education and Technology, design programs that are intended to be demonstration projects, for public systems and other organizations to build on. The learnings from our field projects inform our research and policy advocacy programs.
Centre for Education and Technology
Our field projects in education aim to demonstrate participatory and decentralized models of technology integration in school and teacher education, and to inform policy and curriculum design.
Building state-wide professional learning communities of teachers, integrating digital methods into in-service teacher education programs of the public system is our 'extensive' field project strategy. Our 'Subject Teacher Forum' programs in Karnataka, Telangana and Assam aim to build extensive teacher networks for peer learning, collaborating to create and share open educational resources (OER), and publish on KOER and TROER repositories.
Integrating ICT into school and class-room processes is our 'intensive' field project strategy. Our 'Teachers Communities of Learning' program in Bengaluru and Yadgir have aimed to empower teachers to integrate digital technologies for professional development, classroom pedagogy and block level interactions.
Prakriye Centre for Community Informatics and Development
An equitable information society can flourish only through inclusive and informed debate, involving not merely actors from the technology arena but all actors in the development sphere, especially from the South. Current information society and 'ICTs for development' or ICTD approaches predominantly represent Northern realities and perspectives, tending to favour market-fundamentalist thinking and valorising technology per se. We attempt to de-construct the dominant approach and concepts in relation to ICTs and development and articulate alternatives, based on theoretical and empirical investigation.