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Integrating Technology in Classroom Learning

HCL Foundation in partnership with Basic Education Department, Govt. Uttar Pradesh organized a state level two- day workshop on- “Open Educational Resource Model in Uttar Pradesh” at HCL IT City, Lucknow; ON 3rd and 4th of December

Based on the experiences and learnings from previous state level workshops organized on the themes of “Enhancing Learning through ICT in Education” & “Innovations in Education”, it was a move towards developing a more concrete model. The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.

In the course of time NCERT syllabus is expected to be introduced in all state government schools. Our vision of creating a platform which provides quality accessible content mapped with learning outcome is the need of the hour

The workshop had 38 teachers from across the state of Uttar Pradesh participating and was chaired by Dr. Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, Director, Basic Education. Key officials from Basic Education department and teachers / principals/ BSA Hardoi from Uttar Pradesh participated for learning and experience sharing. The Action Plan for launching the State Level Open Education Resource for UP was shared by Dr. Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, Director, Basic Education and Ms. Latita Pradeep, Additional Director, Basic Education, GoUP.

A panel discussion on “Opportunities and Challenges in improving the access and quality of education in Uttar Pradesh” was moderated by Mr. Yogesh Kumar, Operations Head, HCL Foundation Based on the Karnataka OER Model, IT for Change shared their experiences in terms of mapping open educational resources & creating Subject Teacher Forum (STF). In context to Uttar Pradesh, ZIIEI (Zero Investment Initiative for Educational Innovations) spoke about in reference to Innovative Paathshala and OER practices in state.

Key Action Points of the Workshop

  • Emerging trends in ICT and relevance of OER’s in the current scenario
  • To assess the efficiency of existing portals available on MHRD website in context to its usage by relevant stakeholders
  • Presentation of feedback and input received on OER Manual (Grade 1-5)
  • Visualizing a repository of digital content for schools in Uttar Pradesh: ICT enabled infrastructure in Government Schools: Existing variations – Smart TV, Digital boards & Internet connectivity.
  • OER Practices in State: Process of transformation
  • Suggestion and feedback on compiled OER content of Grade 1-5
  • Opportunities and Challenges in improving the access and quality of education in Uttar Pradesh

Ms. Kirti Karamchandani, Head, Government Relations, HCL; in her session addressed the gathering about the context setting of the OER model. She said that when the project began in 2015, the main emphasis was on infrastructural development and school readiness as it was find in the baseline survey that one of the main reason behind the low learning level of the children in project area was due to the lack of basic infrastructure of primary schools. Thus, the project began with a focus on infrastructural development of the schools. Thus, ICT- enabled classroom for enhancing the teaching-learning environment and school readiness was developed in 2015-16.