Kerala Towards bridging productivity
August 2006

Kerala Towards bridging productivity

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Research has shown that if you study by hearing something you retain 20 per cent. If you see what you learn you retain 50 per  cent. So what if you can see and hear what you learn? Retention becomes  70 per cent or more. This is more than enough to understand that ICTenabled  education is the education of the future. Kerala believes in this. This is better proved with the recent  inauguration of a ‘Smart Class’ in a  Higher Secondary School in Thiruvananthapuram. As part of the innovative teaching method, a  computer and four monitors each would be provided to all classes in the  school.
Kerala is the most literate State in
India. As per 2001 Census, the effective literacy rate was 90.92%. At present, there are 12271 Schools consists of 6712l L.P. Schools, 2951 U.P Schools and 2608 High Schools in the State.  Of these, 4492 are Government Schools, 7282 are Private aided Schools and 497 are Private Unaided School

The teachers will display on the monitor the topics on which they  are taking classes for helping the students to understand them clearly.  So when a Geography teacher explains a lesson dealing with  volcanoes, a visual of the exploding volcano and flowing larva would be displayed on the computer screen. As  part of the scheme, the school has purchased 42 computers for all the 42  divisions from standard I to standard XII. The computer in each class will  be connected to the server room named knowledge centre. The  teachers should inform the knowledge centre the topics they intend to cover  during a week. The belief goes firmer with the fact that the hardware for ICT-enabling  secondary education was almost in place in the state, for programmes like IT@School and EDUSAT. The IT @ School Project has remodeled conventional teaching  methodologies in classrooms through use of Information Technology. The  project, in its first stage, is being  implemented in 2,738 High Schools; over 40,000 teachers were given 90  hours of training on IT skills and computer labs with 10 to 60  omputersare available in all High Schools. The  project is unique in that it is the  schoolteacher than a techie who delivers lessons, both theory and  practical, in classrooms.  The Virtual Classroom Technology on EDUSAT for Rural Schools (VICTERS) programme is active to  harness the satellite for teacher training programmes, providing highspeed  net connectivity to schools and for  implementing learning   management solutions. In tune with the policy of the National Institute of Education  Technology, SIET, Kerala, wasengaged in  eveloping broadcastready  educational content for students from standards eight to  twelve. As of now, SIET had about 600 hours of broadcast-ready educational content. SIET has also  readied a CD-kit containing 150 video CDs as part of the CD library project of the Education Department. These  CDs contain documentaries based on the syllabus of standard 10 in the  State’s schools. SIET is also awaiting  the final approval for its Rs.138-crore ‘ICT@School’ project submitted to  the Centre. This project, if cleared, would ICT-enable learning and
teaching in all Government schools in  the State within five years.

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