Transforming Teacher Education with Public Software

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 and intensive use of public digital resources to build and support teachers networks as well as to  to create a resource rich learning environment in mathematics, science, english and social science subjects. The report on the programme is available below.
With support from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) we made a film titled 'Transforming Teacher Education with Public Software' to convey the core principles of the Subject Teacher Forum program. The main idea of the film is to enable policy makers and administrators of other states in India, and also other countries, to get a clear idea of the principles and processes involved in adopting public educational (FOSS) software in their public education systems, to promote teacher professional development. ICT can be a powerful TE method and for meeting RTE goal on education quality, such use of ICTs is essential.
The film consists of workshop footage and interviews with teachers and key actors of the programme. The film discusses our approach to integrating ICTs into teacher education, focusing on building 'Teachers Communities of Learning' to create digital learning resources and network with one another for sharing and learning. It is based on interviews with two directors of education in Karnataka government - MN Baig and Rama Rao, Prof Padma Sarangapani and two government high school teachers who are state resource persons for the Subject Teacher Forum program.
A shorter 6 minute excerpt of the film is available here.

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