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
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.
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
Hi-Tech school- Plan of Action
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;
No of Schools
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi-school Kuttikootam (Student IT Clubs) is a unique initiative of
KITE -Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education
(KITE), erstwhile IT@School Project of the State Govt, to boost the
activities and interests of students in ICT enabled as part of the
Education Rejuvenation Mission’
of the Kerala Govt. Kuttikootam aims at facilitating an indepth ICT
learning environment for students, to provide students with an
experience of group learning as well as collaborative learning, to
improve the efficiency of ICT enabled education in schools, to ensure
students participations in resolving the technical issues in schools,
safe usage of internet and building awareness on cyber crimes etc.
Below are the 5 core areas identified for the Kuttikootam programme.
are being empowered to use the multi-faceted scope of ICT through
this participative programme. In addition to this, the programme
would also highlight on teaching the students on the importance of
language computing, thereby giving the students an opportunity to
undertake different language computing programmes. More-over, this
programme envisages cultivating a research habit in students by
identifying areas for project activities as part of learning.
has implemented various levels of trainings for students, as part of
the Kuttikootam programme. Below table shows the district-wise
numbers of students trained so far.
awareness on all 5 domains was given to 62,217 students during
was followed by An intensive group wise training titled ‘e@Utsav’
was given for 28,462 students in 1532 centers during the Onam
vacation in September 2017.
over 1 lakh members, Hi-School Kuttikkootam has become the largest
student network of its kind in ICT in India. As many as 10 lakh
students would be directly benefited immediately by these trainings
in the coming days and this would have a larger and visible impact in
the society. Kuttikootam is being positioned as a total package for
grouping students in IT clubs under various competencies. It has also
been decided to expand Kuttikootam to Higher Education sector, where
it would be named as ‘KITE
Specific areas would be identified for the Higher Secondary and
College level also for Kuttikootam, as done in the case of Secondary
Selected photographs of Kuttikootam Training