Historically, human beings have used different ways of organizing and presenting information, and for communication. Language, script, print, mass media such as radio and television have been important information and communication technologies (ICT). Whenever a new ICT is introduced, we see significant changes not only to education and knowledge processes, but also to larger socio-cultural, political and economic structures and processes.. What makes the current ICT different is their digital nature. With information creation, access, processing and sharing becoming quicker and simpler, society is now being shaped these processes, so much so that, the term Information Society (a term used by the sociologist Manuel Castells to describe our current society) is used to describe society today. Participating in this society requires the development of new skills as well as an understanding of how these processes are affecting society.
Development of digital literacy skills is required for all, to navigate this ‘information society’. It is the responsibility of the education system to respond to this by helping students develop an understanding of ICT, its impact on society and the possibilities for learning through ICT. The education system also has to support the building of skills in students that will make them capable of functioning in, and be responsive to a society shaped by ICT. Teachers, student teachers and teacher educators need to be able to use ICTs for their professional development, through self learning, peer learning, in digital resources creation and in teaching-learning. They must develop a critical understanding of the larger positive and negative implications of the design and adoption of ICTs in society.
Lesson of the week
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ICT Curriculum and syllabus
Participating in today's information society requires the development of new skills as well as an understanding of how these processes are affecting society. The National ICT Curriculum, developed by CIET, NCERT, is a response to this requirement. An ICT textbook has been developed by the state of Telangana based on this curriculum. An accompanying teacher handbook is also available. Resources for digital literacy are available here.
Perspectives on Education
Education is the making of society. Education does not merely 'serve' the public, it 'creates' the public. As practitioners, we need to engage with the questions of why, what and how of education. The repository will feature readings on education from different philosophers of education. Periodically, study circles will be organized based on selected resources. Do access these resources, discuss these in groups in your school or district and share your reflections.
To stay current in your knowledge and also to improve your skills. you can view / access different courses available on various platforms
This is a resource file uploaded by Suchetha, Mathematics teacher, GHS Thyamangondlu. This is a geogebra file showing construction of an irrational number.
Current education news
The Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development is planning to build a National Teacher Platform (NTP) for the benefit of Teachers in School, Teacher Educators and Student Teachers in Teacher Education Institutes (TEIs).
K Kasturirangan heads panel on National Education Policy
Click here for the different state textbooks in different languages.