Teacher Centric Content
Azim Premji Foundation designed a pilot initiative by using low cost technology and developing teacher centric content to effectively deliver educational content to the students. The design is a marked departure from other learning resources, which were primarily intended to be navigated by children.
As the Indian government increases its investment in ICTs for education, continued efforts must be made to ensure that investments in technology positively impact all aspects of education, particularly in the teaching and learning process. Teachers continue to be at the heart of India’s tradition-oriented educational system. As a key mediator between the learner and the subject, the teacher is central towards harnessing the potential of technology to enhance the process of education.
This implies that a teacher should not be viewed as someone who merely delivers the curriculum but as one who conceptualizes, develops and interprets the curriculum and shapes learning experiences of children in and outside the classroom. Technology has the potential to enable the teacher to facilitate the learning process by making available different sources of knowledge for learners and to draw upon them to design appropriate and collaborative learning experiences.
To address some of these challenges, Azim Premji Foundation and QUEST Alliance designed a pilot initiative by using low cost technology and developing teacher centric content to effectively deliver educational content to the students. This project produced two teacher centric contents titled ‘Citizenship’ and ‘Local Self Government’ along with a teacher manual. The design is a marked departure from other learning resources, which were primarily intended to be navigated by children. The present titles facilitate the teacher to use the content for whole class viewing and are expected to result in optimizing the integration of technology with class room processes. Both the digital learning resources are available in three languages – English, Hindi and Kannada, and is being used in the Government schools of Delhi, Chattisgarh. Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Karnataka.
Towards addressing issues in supporting technology infrastructure and to create awareness of cost effective technologies, the project identified and deployed low cost and long life LED projectors and Ultra Value Client PCs. The projectors are easily carried and this supports the teacher in beaming the multimedia content in the classroom for whole class viewing and facilitates integration of technology with class room processes. The projector also consumes very little electricity.
In addition, low power consuming ‘ultra value client’ (UVC) computers have also been piloted in these schools. These desktops have a very small foot print, in the sense that they occupy very little space and the configuration supports the intended usage in comparison to desktop with high end processors. The acquisitions costs of UVC are cheaper by 40% and in addition, the UVC is dust resistant and consumes 60% less power than normal desktops with high end processors.The technology-led initiative has been piloted in only twelve schools of Karnataka, to assess the efficacy of various technology integrations for enhancing the learning goals.
Facts about the programme
• This innovative pilot project uses low cost, low-power consumption PCs, LED projectors have been deployed in 12 schools near Bangalore where more than 3,000 students will be benefited
• 96 teachers and 12 head teachers have been trained for using this integrated technology for blended learning
• Two teacher centric content have been developed and are currently being used by 6686 teachers in 5100 Government schools of various states. It includes Rajasthan (1,600 schools), Uttaranchal (2,000 schools), Chattisgarh (500 schools) and Delhi (1,000 schools).
• Approximately 10,38,864 students are getting benefit through this digital content including 313,370 in primary classes ( 178,621 boys and 134,749 girls) and 725,494 in secondary classes ( 397,433 boys and 328,041 girls)
• Bangalore (Karnataka)
• Implementing partner : Azim Premji Foundation
• Funders: USAID and IYF
Current Status and outlook
Rigorous internal evaluation process is carried out by Azim Premji Foundation, and has completed the base line study through focus group discussions with teachers. The objective of this study is to present pedagogical practices by the teachers and attitudes towards using DLRs which are available to them.