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Kerala schools will now teach its students audio recording and video editing using textbooks developed by IT@School Project available from next academic year, an official said. The concept has been backed by the union ministry of human resource development and several other states, said K. Anvar Sadath, executive director of IT@School Project. The textbook will be made in English, Tamil and Kannada along with Malayalam, added he. The IT@School Project is the technology arm of the state education department. It aims to empower students by providing ICT-enabled education from the grass root level. Sadath said the new ICT text book includes topics on several free software packages such as Audacity, WinFF, which teach students to re-record a poem as needed, re-edit portions if necessary and even give a new background music to selected portions. “The textbook also teaches how to use handicams available at schools and also ways to create an educational documentary using the videos,” said Sadath. Last year class-eight students were provided with an ICT text book. “The new textbook for class-nine is designed completely in tune with the national curriculum framework. With a text book planned for class-10 also next year, the shift to ICT enabled education in the state's high schools will be complete,” added Sadath.

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