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ICT education in Kerala to get new look

After its success in making Information and Communication Technology education a part of school syllabus, the Kerala government is aiming to give a fillip to the teaching process by introducing IT-enabled learning modules.



Thiruvananthapuram: After its success in making Information and Communication Technology education a part of school syllabus, the Kerala government is aiming to give a fillip to the teaching process by introducing IT-enabled learning modules for subjects from the coming academic year.

ICT was hitherto a subject from class five to ten. This concept has been changed with the introduction of ICT-enabled education of all subjects, IT @ School Project Executive
Director K Anvar Sadath told reporters.

As a first step, a new ICT textbook for eighth standard, which adopts an innovative approach to learning and teaching ICT has been approved by the state curriculum committee.

"This would be the first textbook of this kind in the country that blends Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools in learning regular subjects, Sadath said.

The textbook has been designed in such a manner to enable students to use it as an extension to study other subjects, he said. From the new textbook, students can use the free software Sunblock to study the time zones and to find the differences in time between nations and continents.Another major change was that ICT would not now be taught by a single teacher but by teachers who handle various subjects, he said.

Altogether 12 chapters have been included in the eighth standard textbook that provides extensive scope to learn work processing, spreadsheet and presentation packages along with Python programming and Internet use.
The textbook has been prepared in a way to make the learning process of even complicated problems easier with the use of software. "This is the first textbook where in software has been blended to learn other subjects. IT-enabled learning in Kerala is all set for a revolutionary change," Sadath said.
Now that almost all schools in the state have broadband Internet connectivity and have been supplied laptop computers and multimedia projects, IT learning is going to be a new
experience in coming years, he said.

PTI

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