it@school
Initiative Details

Government of Kerala has identified IT@School Project as the implementing agency of the ‘High Tech school programme’ by which all Classes from Std 8 to 10 in the Government and Aided schools in the State would be upgraded international standards. The programme was a highlight in the Budget Speech for the year 2016-17. Through this unique programme, the schools in the State would become Centre for Excellence with the help of Information Communication Technology in a phased manner. This project is one of the major components of ‘General Education Rejuvenation Mission’of the State Government. The upgradation of classrooms to Hi-Tech is part of the overall uplifting of all components of school education such as Infrastructure upgradation, academic excellence, learning environment, lab, library and extracurricular activities to international standards. IT@School Project has already prepared a master plan for put this massive project on track in the next two years. 

This project envisages a comprehensive upgradation of various elements of classroom learning such as infrastructure, textbooks, learning materials, teacher trainings, handbooks, monitoring and evaluation, e-governance using ICT. Government would facilitate necessary physical, academic and digital contents which are required for implementing ICT education as part of this programme. All teachers would be provided with basic IT training, specific training for classroom teaching using ICT equipments, ICT enabled subject training, training on ICT content development and its technical aspects. 

Under this programme, all classrooms would be equipped with Digital Interactive Textbooks, Digital Content Collection for easy learning of all subjects, Resource portal which would ensure a round-a clock learning atmosphere to all, E-learning / M-Learning / Learning Management system, evaluation mechanisms in addition to Computers, Multimedia Projector, Sound System and High Speed internet connection which every student and teacher could make use of. Each school would feature offline servers hosting educational contents,which would be connected to classrooms, library and labs. This system would enable a secure and easy access of contents for the students and teachers.

Free and Open Source Software based Operating System and resources which does not imply any recurring charges or license fee, but instead provides unrestricted access, sharing of digital contents and educational software would be used in all schools.

 ICT Labs

A well-equipped computer lab would feature in all Hi-Tech schools as part of ICT enabled education. In the first phase, ICT equipments would be deployed to the Hi-Tech schools at the ratio of one computer lab for every 15 divisions. Each lab would contain enough number of computers in the proportion of 3:1 so that even all students in the division with maximum strength can use them at a time. The computers setup in these labs would have a central server connectivity backed by a high speed broadband connection in addition to an online UPS for power backup. A LCD projector / LED Television would also be made available in these labs. Specific software such as ORCA for differentially abled students would also be installed in the computers.

Hi-Tech school- Plan of Action

Government have decided to implement the Hi-Tech school project on a pilot basis in schools in 4 selected constituencies in the State and the four constituencies include Alappuzha, Puthucad, Kozhikode North and Thaliparamba.

A detailed school survey was conductedby IT@School Project to assess the actual requirement of ICT requirements at schools. The list of ICT equipments for the schools was then finalised based on the inputs from the IT Audit assessing the current ICT scenario and also after reviewing the school’s individual plan for implementing this programme. Steps were also taken to repair the faulty ICT equipments in the schools, thereby ensuring availability of sufficient hardware.

The schools have to provide the basic facilities for setting up classrooms and computer labs to be made Hi-Tech. As far as physical infrastructure is concerned, schools have to ensure that each classroom and lab has tiled flooring, a secure ceiling in case of tiled roof, locker facilities, shelves and racks for keeping the equipments, painted clean walls and a secure electrical connection with enough plug-points. Schools can make use of various funding sources such as MP/MLA LAD funds, funds from local bodies, School PTA/SMC/Alumni, contributions from individuals and institutions etc, for ensuring the required infrastructure.

Hardware Deployment to the 125 schools in 4 constituencies completed

 IT@School has deployed ICT equipments to all the 125 schools in the 4 constituencies after assessing the actual requirement from each school, which was then scrutinised and finalised by the Technical Committee constituted by the Government. The ICT equipments deployed so far to these schools are as follows;

 

Constituency

No of Schools

Laptops

Desktops

Projectors

Total equipments

Alappuzha

30

319

116

310

745

Puthukkad

31

288

42

179

509

Kozhikode-North

26

243

79

216

538

Thaliparamba

38

297

100

295

692

Total

125

1,147

337

1,000

2,484

Proven experience of IT@School in hardware deployment on a larger scale

 IT@School was the implementing agency for the Centrally Sponsored ICT@School scheme during 2007-12. As part of the scheme, IT@School has successfully deployed hundreds of ICT equipments for 4071 schools in the State, after assessing their actual requirement. The hardware procurement was initiated through KELTRON, the Service Provider identified by Government, through a National tendering process. The below table details the ICT equipments deployed by IT@School using ICT@School scheme.

Support mechanisms.

A team comprising of School IT Co-ordinators and Student School IT Co-ordinators would be set up in each school for the proper functioning, supervision, security and co-ordination of smart classrooms. The IT Co-ordinators in each school would be provided training to extend technical support for supplementing digital content development locally. A team of School Student IT co-ordinators would be built in each school to provide specific training in Computer Hardware, Electronics, Movie making and Animation, Internet, Cyber Security and Malayalam computing.

 A Master Trainer from IT@School Project would be assigned for each school, who would co-ordinate the activities of School IT Co-ordinators, rectify technical problems assembly constituency wise, which cannot be resolved by the school team, and to centrally co-ordinate the activities Hi-Tech Head school. Hardware Clinics would be conducted once a year in each Hi-Tech school to rectify the faulty computers and ICT equipments, and the School IT Co-ordinators and selected Student IT Co-ordinators would be included in this programme. A state-level Call-center mechanism would be set-up for resolving the technical issues in each Hi-Tech school in a timely manner. A detailed plan for addressing the pile of ‘E-Waste’ being accumulated in schools would be finalised and implemented in consultation with various departments.

Documentation

Specific systems would be put in place for documenting the progress of each activity in the schools and to recommend ways of improvement. Each school would be provided with individual pages in the general portal and in SchoolWiki also for this process. There would also be mechanism for recording the best practices in each Hi-Tech school. These recorded contents would then be edited and evaluated by a panel of experts and based on their recommendations, the best out of them would be displayed in a general portal.  The best locally made digital contents would make its way to the general server. Digital contents would be collaboratively made with active participation from teachers and students. Necessary training and support would be provided to each Hi-Tech school for attaining self-sustainability in content development. Special encouragements would be extended to the school, teacher, school IT Co-ordinator, Student IT Co-ordinator and the Master Trainer who excel in each term.

Monitoring

Necessary monitoring systems such as real-time feedback collection, school visits, online monitoring systems, regular review meetings and essential upgadationsetc would be implemented in a time-bound manner. This programme would be closely monitored and evaluated by the Panchayath-Constituency-District-State level Mission Teams and Taskforce which would be formed as part of General Education Protection Mission.

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Sixth working day 2016

Training Management System

Data collection of School Employees

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Iron-folic tablets distribution in schools

Use Sampoorna Username and Password for Signin

IT@School Project has launched a Resource Website for 10th Standard students to aid them to learn the new textbooks in mathematics and science with the help of ICT.

Textbook indent system for unaided government school was developed to ensure that there is no shortage of textbooks in schools.  This is an online centralized mechanism for ordering textbooks for unaided schools. Unaided Schools have to register first and then login to order and thereby avoiding delays in the normal supply to government schools. Only recognized schools will have access to the system. After registration the school receives a mail containing their username and password with which they could login and order the textbooks. Various reports could also be generated at the administrator level to recognize the number of books ordered by each school and the books ordered.

In case of Higher Secondary schools, they are provided with username and password in the beginning itself with which they register so as to place the order in time.

Advantages

1. The system is more transparent, fast and effective means of ordering and supply of textbooks
2. Helps in analyzing actual requirement of textbook in schools
3. Reduces the shortage of textbook and ensures that the students receive their textbook on time.

Website : http://itschool.gov.in/textbookschool/

 

 
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