Prospects of Knowledge Sharing on IT@School of Kerala
Field Visit to Study IT@School and Kerala land Bank by A Team from Visakhapatnam
The Centre for Innovations in Public Systems Hyderabad facilitated the visit of the District Informatics Officer, NIC, Visakhapatnam and Special Deputy Collector, KRRC, Visakhapatnam to study IT@ School, Kerala and Kerala Land Bank projects at Thiruvananthapuram on 4th and 5 th July 2013. he team visited Government Higher Secondary School, Cotton Hill Thiruvanantapuram, Kerala on 04-07-2013. It is a Girls High School having about 5000 girl students and about 200 Lady Teachers. The team studied the usage of “Smart classes” for teaching where the Smart Classrooms are classrooms equipped with Speaker and Projector for using digital contents for better teaching and learning. The school has smart classroom facility for 17 X standard classes and 5 Smart classes for VIII and IX standard classes.
The team observed that one key component for successful implementation of ICT@School is the integration of Hardware, Animation, Networking, Graphics, Programming, Video – Audio Editing, Office Packages in the text book. Apart from the separate IT text book, the revised subject books with additional contents on related application softwares ensure usage of ICT in the classrooms . The field visit report on IT@School of Kerala was considered for replication in Visakhapatnam.
Field Visit by Officials from Chattisgarh to Study IT@School.
A two membered team from Chattisgarh visited Kerala from 12 Aug 2013 to 14 Aug 2013 to study the IT@School for possible replication in Chhattisgarh. The team visited IT@School State Project Office, District Project Office, 2 Rural Government Schools – GHSS Karipoor & GHSS Avanavancherry and 1 private school at Trivandrum. The team was also exposed to Smart classroom concept, 11 hr Victers Educational Channel and various educational applications using free and open source software (Edu-ubuntu). The team interacted with the students, teachers, school student IT Coordinators, Master Trainers, Master Trainer coordinators, District Coordinators and various other stake holders of this initiative. The team also spent considerable time with Shri. A Shajahan IAS, Directorate of Public Instructions, Kerala and Mr. Shibu, Executive DirectorIT@School.
Replication in Jharkhand
As a result of showcasing IT@School in State Innovators Consultation held in Ranchi, Jharkhand on September 2014, the state has submitted a proposal seeking financial assistance to replicate IT@School in Jharkhand.