'Integrate technology into education to make students competitive'

Social interaction, ICT play vital role in learning: NCERT Director

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Director Hrushikesh Senapaty has said that the education sector in the country should be better integrated with information and communication technologies to make students more competitive.

He inaugurated the three-day national conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), organised by the Regional Institute of Education, Mysuru, (RIEM) here on Wednesday. The Director said that as compared to the students of other developing countries, performance of our students is bit low.

“Though the students are good and eligible, many lack problem-solving skills. Classroom process and utilisation of technologies should be better integrated in school education. The definition of ‘learning’ has been changing from decade to decade. Between the 1950s and 70s, it was defined as ‘Knowledge Acquisition’, now it has changed to ‘Knowledge Construction’ and thus the national curriculum framework is based on knowledge construction in 2015,” he said.

He said social interaction, is as important as ICT, and also plays a vital role in learning as it helps in constructing knowledge in a better manner. “Now it is necessary to learn along with technology as focus from ‘learn technology’ has been changed and children attend schools with ICT. We have to utilise available technology and should be well aware of ICT,” he said.

“The convergence of many ICT tools and technologies, along with ubiquitous internet and mobile tools, have provided unique opportunities for harnessing the true potential of ICT for improving educational practices. Union government, through its national ICT policy in education, along with many other initiatives under digital India, is moving ahead to transform educational practices. In this backdrop, it is important that we bring together different stakeholders on one platform to debate and discuss various aspects related to technology integration in education. Therefore, this conference is expected to address the challenges and new directions presented by technological innovations in Indian educational settings. The outcome of the conference will be submitted to the government to support ‘Digital India’,” said professor of Education M U Paily.

Central Institute Of Educational Technology (CIET)-NCERT Joint Director Rajaram S Sharma, RIEM principal D G Rao and dean of Instructions S Ramaa were also present.

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