The digital India campaign has promoted extensive use of ICTs inthe teaching learning process. The ePathshala, a joint initiativeof Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of Indiaand National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)has been developed for showcasing and disseminating all educationale-resources including textbooks, audio, video, periodicals, and avariety of other digital resources. The ePathshala Mobile app isdesigned to achieve the SDG Goal no. 4 as well i.e. equitable,quality, inclusive education and lifelong learning for all andbridging the digital divide. Students, Teachers, Educators andParents can access eBooks through multiple technology platform thatis mobile phones and tablets (as epub) and from the web portalthrough laptops and desktops (as Flipbook). ePathshala also allowsusers to carry as many books as their device supports. Features ofthese books allow users to pinch, select, zoom, bookmark,highlight, navigate, share, listen to text using text to speech(TTS) apps and make notes digitally.
PINDICS can be used by teachers themselves for assessing their ownperformanceand to make continuous efforts to reach the highestlevel. These can also be used forteacher appraisal by thesupervisory staff/mentor to assess and to provideconstructivefeedback for the improvement of teacher performance.Each performance indicatoris rated on four point scale ranging from1 to 4 indicating the levels of performance.The rating pointsare:1. Not meeting the expected standard 2. Approaching theexpected standard3. Approached the expected standard 4. Beyond theexpected standardIf the teacher performs tasks in an innovative wayand makes extra efforts forimproving student performance can berated as beyond the expected standard.
The use of ICT for improving education as emphasized by theNPE(1986), by CABE, in its report on Universal Education(2012)recommending ICT inclusion in schooling and ICT Curriculumfor Schools (2013) has consequently led major government schemes tohave a component of funding allocated for using ICT. The DigitalIndia campaign (2015) has further provided impetus to all ICTinitiatives in the country. Centrally sponsored initiatives likeICT@Schools Scheme are geared towards making opportunitiesavailable to students for developing their ICT skills at schoollevel.The Government of India has made it mandatory to have a ThirdParty Evaluation of the implementation of ICT@Schools Scheme in allStates and UTs. The Third Party Evaluation aims to assess theimplementation of ICT @School scheme envisions the development ofICT skills in students requisite for 21st century as well as theextent of use of ICT to aid the teaching learning process ingovernment and government aided secondary and senior secondaryschools linking it to future funding. Keeping in view the expertiseand experience of the CIET, a constituent unit of NCERT; theDirectorate of Education, NCT of Delhi has desired to get a thirdparty evaluation of ICT@Schools Scheme as implemented byDelhi.Objectives:• To evaluate the implementation of ICT Policy forschool education and ICT@Schools Scheme.• To ascertain the extentof ICT use in general and pedagogical use of ICT in specific• Toascertain the leadership styles applied in schools • To determinethe collaboration and general support offered to school (NCT ofDelhi, BOOT Agency etc.)• To determine the level of professionaldevelopment and expertise available to schools.• To explore howteachers integrate ICT in classroom to enhance learning.• Toidentify innovative practices followed in classroom.• To identifyfactors that affect ICT implementation in schools.• To makerecommendations for consideration by policy makers.Keeping in viewthe above objectives, CIET is facilitating to design and develop anapp to automate the process of data collection with regards toevaluation of the implementation of ICT @Schools Scheme.This appcomprises of questionnaires to be filled by respondents acrosseducational spectrum which includes all stakeholders like students,teachers, parents as well as community members.
This mobile application provides a quick and an easy access toinformation on learning outcome. Disaggregated and details learningachievement by management of schools, gender, social groups andlocation till district level in classes 3, 5 and 8 and detailedachievement by learning outcomes in classes 3, 5 and 8 are providedin the mobile app. After the selection of indicator and subgroupuser can visualize information in charts and maps as per his/herchoice and easily share through email or social media to any otheruser.
ePathshala Kishore Manch 1.0.1
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government ofIndia(GoI) has launched theSWAYAM PRABHA project to run 32educationalDTH TV channels on 24x7 basis. CIET, NCERTdisseminatescurriculumbased educational TV programmes for Secondary, SeniorSecondaryandTeachers on channel no. 31, ‘Kishore Manch’. Thee-pathshalaKishore Manch app is a discussion-driven analytic toolwhich willenable students to ask their queries related to theprogrammetelecast ofthe channel and promote discussion betweenpeers as wellas students and teachers. Teachers canask MCQs andcollaborate withthe teachers across nation.
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NISHTHA APP 1.9
NISHTHA : National Initiative for School Heads' and Teachers'Holistic Advancement NISHTHA is a capacity building programme for"Improving Quality of School Education through Integrated TeacherTraining". It aims to build competencies among all the teachers andschool principals at the elementary stage. The functionaries (atthe state, district, block, cluster level) shall be trained in anintegrated manner on learning outcomes, school based assessment,learner – centred pedagogy, new initiatives in education,addressing diverse needs of children through multiple pedagogies,etc. This will be organized by constituting National ResourceGroups (NRGs) and State Resource Groups (SRGs) at the National andthe State level who will be training 42 lakhs teacherssubsequently. A robust portal/Management Information System (MIS)for delivery of the training, monitoring and support mechanism willalso be infused with this capacity building initiative.