Way forward: Computer learning to learning with computers

Way forward: Computer learning to learning with computers
The lukewarm response to the ICT approach to familiarise government high school students with basic computer usage has made the state government try an alternative approach.

Only this time around, the education department endeavours to empower students and teachers to shape the e-curriculum themselves by shifting the focus from ‘computer learning’ to ‘learning with computers’

Many of the 1,000 high schools have already received projectors and laptops, as part of the state’s revamped learning programme called Technology Assisted Learning Programme (TALP). 

TALP was formulated after revising the previous computer education programme --Information and Communication Technology (ICT) --which focused on teaching children how to use computers.

“We were trying to teach students things like Microsoft Word and Excel, but we realised that if we leave a child with a computer, he or she can learn the basics on his or her own. It is not about computer learning. It is about learning subjects better using a computer,” said Ajay Seth, additional chief secretary, primary and secondary education.

With ICT, outsourced resource persons would teach students and teachers in the government schools. But such teachers and students remained intimidated by technology.

“We realised that this approach was wrong. The programme should be led by the class teacher. They should be comfortable using e-content. And even generating their own,” Seth said.

Last year, TALP training was completed for 3,000 teachers - two subject teachers and one headteacher - from each chosen school. Training for the next batch of teachers has also begun.

The government has been working on identifying e-content from open sources, curating it and presenting in the right format. Last month, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the government and Khan Academy to provide educational content for Science and Mathematics for classes VIII, IX and X.

Working with the DSERT, Khan Academy’s English content include videos, exercises, articles and teaching tools that are localised and made available in Kannada. 

Besides using technology for the class as a whole, computer labs with learning resources will be set up in these schools for individualised learning. The project will also be implemented in 250 PU colleges.
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