digitalLEARNING Magazine presents in this issue insights on topics related to school education sector in India, with a special focus on ‘Tech-City’ of Hyderabad. It highlights recent developmental issues related to education in the context of ICT, from perspectives of top level government bureaucrats. It brings out a detailed examination of the law on Right to Education (RTE) and the role that ICT May play while it is being rolled-out.
Technology has always been playing an important role in education, and can be effectively used to promote inclusive and student centric learning. With education becoming a right for all, it is time that the immense potential of low cost technologies be exploited to help make the education system more responsive to the learning needs of the huge student population, school drop outs, and differently abled children. The possibilities are huge and it is for us to explore and experiment with the available opportunities.
For the purpose of comprehending how ICT can be of possible help in execution and sustaining this national level drive, principals across 25 schools in the technology hub of India, Hyderabad were approached and interviewed. The highlighted issues that were brought out through these discussions entailed factors of equity, quality and access, with reference to use of ICT for RTE implementation.
The data collected was not only an eye opener, in terms of the factors that principals emphasised upon with respect to RTE, but also described the lacunae and the boon of integrating ICT in course and curriculum, availing open source e-content and online examinations. The issue, additionally, entails information on the digitalLEARNING eINDIA 2010 Track. The details entail tentative agenda for the parallel sub-tracks that would be rolled-out at eINDIA 2010 including higher education, school education and vocational training and skill development, respectively.