Initiated in 2012, the Integrated Approach to Technology in Education (ITE) is a pedagogical framework to improve teaching and learning processes. It fosters 21st century skills and quality learning through projects in middle school children and adolescents in some of the most underprivileged geographies (91% rural). Students, mostly first-time computer users, create learning artifacts like weather charts and comparative charts on jute production or population density to deepen their learning of the subject matter. All the projects assigned are carefully selected by the teachers and matched with the curriculum. Click here to read more
Secondary education in India has progressed to near universalisation. Curricular and pedagogic reforms are in process to prepare youth to acquire, demonstrate and apply deep conceptual understanding and skills, which will help them avail opportunities in a modern, technology-driven society. However, only 40% students perform well at recall level in mathematics and science, and only 20% reach higher order problem-solving (according to National Assessment Survey 2012) level. Challenges, especially in underprivileged areas, include teacher shortages and lack of quality education, limited resources in Indian languages, and absence of a culture of active, hands-on learning.
To tackle the challenge, the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx), a bold and innovative programme, offers a scalable model with global relevance for quality teaching and learning. It harnesses modern technology to improve the academic prospects of high school students in underserved communities of India. CLIx is currently being implemented in the states of Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
By integrating educational technology in pedagogical design and professional development of teachers, CLIx aims to provide high-quality learning experiences in Hindi, Telugu and English, focusing on authentic, hands-on, conceptual learning and the development of values, skills and competencies.
The programme seeks to impact and enhance the quality of learning and teaching in government high schools. The target groups are students in grades 8 and 9 and teachers of mathematics, science and English.
The five year collaboration of Tata Trusts with Khan Academy will provide free high quality educational resources for use in both online and offline modes. Breaking the "One size fits all” policy of traditional classrooms, the personalised learning platform being offered will allow each child to learn at his/her pace and take ownership of their own learning. Building teacher competency in subject areas and allowing for teachers to use dashboards to identify students and areas that need attention, will maximise outcomes. With quality and equity for the entire education system as a goal, this programme hopes to reach learners not just through schools across the country but also through tutoring centres and common service centres.
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