Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) and the Institute for Electronic Governance (IEG), a non-profit organization under the Government of Andhra Pradesh, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to roll out OEF's ThinkQuest platform to 500 schools, reaching 25,000 students and teachers over the next two years. ThinkQuest, according to OEF is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills, including creativity, communication, teamwork, and technology skills. In the first phase of the rollout, IEG and OEF will train 120 teachers from 60 schools on the ThinkQuest platform and instruct them how to best integrate 21st century skills instruction and project learning into their curricula.
'We at IEG have been at the forefront of providing computer education to students in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This partnership with the Oracle Education Foundation will help us provide an effective learning environment for students at state high schools,' said Amarnath Reddy, CEO, IEG. First launched in India in 2004, ThinkQuest currently supports over 146,000 students and teachers in 1,100 schools across the country, including Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, DPS, DAV and other schools. Moreover, it supports the National Curriculum Framework (NCF 2005) of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT).