The teachers’ curriculum is considered a significant vehicle for the realisation of the goals of the National Curriculum Framework and consequently is designed to provide an enhanced exposure to information and resources for ongoing professional support, improved teaching-learning-evaluation-tracking, and increased productivity. The National Policy on ICT in School Education organises the competencies for ICT Literacy into three broad levels, basic, intermediate and advanced, and the curriculum subsumes them.
(integral part of ICT courses) have became part of the national curriculum, the pedagogical practices of the teacher in the classroom becomes affected. Integrating ICTs in Education Technology is a means for improving education and not an end in itself. 4 argues that integrating ICT into teaching and learning is not a new concept. Integrate Social Media. Because students already spend so much of their time on social media, integrating its use into your classroom is among the most innovative ways to use technology in the classroom by connecting students to curriculum, classroom resources, and one another.
Basic Basics of computers and basic use of tools and techniques – operate a computer, store, retrieve and manage data, use a computer to achieve basic word and data processing tasks; connect, disconnect and troubleshoot basic storage, input and output devices. Connect to the internet, use e-mail and web surfing, use search engines; keep the computer updated and secure; operate and manage content from external devices (sound recorders, digital cameras, scanners etc.); connect, disconnect, operate and troubleshoot digital devices.
Intermediate Create and manage content using a variety of software applications and digital devices; using web sites and search engines to locate, retrieve and manage content, tools and resources; install, uninstall and troubleshoot simple software applications.
Advanced Use different software applications to enhance one’s own learning – database applications, analysis of data and problem solving, computing, design, graphical and audio-visual communication; undertake research and carry out projects using web resources; use ICT for documentation and presentation; create and participate in web based networks for cooperative and collaborative learning; become aware of issues of cyber security, copyright and safe use of ICT and take necessary steps to protect oneself and ICT resources
The content of the curriculum involves activities which simultaneously draw upon competencies from different levels, such that a completion of all levels is ensured. The ICT in Education curriculum broadly attempts to equip teachers with ICT competencies to strengthen their own professional capacities and to effectively use ICT tools and devices in their teaching- learning. Teacher will also be trained to manage the ICT environment in the school and function as a local coordinator for organising capacity building programmes.
The curriculum therefore is rolled out as a series of short courses, spanning the six strands and ensuring together the basic, intermediate and advanced levels of competence. Three induction and twenty refresher courses leading to a diploma in ICT in Education is proposed. Induction courses are to be conducted in face to face mode whereas State (SCERTs/ SIEs) may chose to conduct the refreshers in face to face or in online mode.
● Induction 01* (For beginners) – 10 days (4 credits)
● Refresher 01 -10 (For all teachers) – Each refresher 40 hours: 24 hrs of transaction and 16 of project & presentation (20 credits)
● Induction 02 (For all teachers) – 5 days (4 credits)
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(*Note – A large number of teachers are likely to have been trained or acquired qualifications making them advanced users of ICT. Such teacher shall be permitted to complete all activities and assignments populating their e-portfolio at their own pace without attending the face to face training.)
In addition, advanced refreshers (11-20) and induction 03 are available to extend teachers a range of exposure to ICT. State may choose some or all based on the availability of time/ resources. Refresher 14 to 17 will include optional courses; a number of subject specific courses will be offered under the advanced refreshers so that the teacher may choose minimum of any four courses from them. Based on developments in the field of ICT and ICT in Education, newer modules will be continuously added and teachers can be encouraged to undertake the module.
After undergoing this course the teacher will be able to:
1. Effectively use ICT tools, software applications and digital resources
2. Integrate ICT into teaching-learning and its evaluation
3. Acquire, organize and create her own digital resources
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4. Participate in the activities of teachers’ networks
5. Participate in the evaluation and selection of ICT resources
6. Practice safe, ethical and legal ways of using ICT
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7. Use ICT for making classroom processes more inclusive and to address multiple learning abilities
I had the privilege of presenting at “Teniamoci per mouse” an event I have attended the past four years. After getting to know the organizers I was asked to take part in the event this year as a presenter.
The title “L’iPad dietro e davanti ai banchi” bascially translates to “The iPad behind and in front of students desks”. I wanted to show how we at my school are using the iPad both with the students and as teachers. The important thing that I wanted to get across was that even with a limited supply of iPads (my school only has one per class and six available in a cart) you cans still do amazing things.
For what the students are doing, I spoke about using the Book Creator App that allows our students to create their own textbook that demonstrates what they have learned in their units. Another app for students was Keynote where we are having our year 5 students work together in groups to create a pechakucha. A pechakucha is basically a very organized presentation where you show 20 images for 20 seconds each while you present.
For the part about the teachers using iPads, I mentioned how they are using the iPads to document learning and uploading information to the school website and twitter accounts. The app I featured is NearPod which allows teachers to share a presentation and collect real-time answers from students.
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I did make a side note about the ColARmix App which creates an augmented reality from a child’s coloring sheet.
It was a great experience for me not only because I was able to present but that I had to present in Italian. It was probably the largest crowd that I have spoken to at a professional event in my second language.