The Kerala Government has decided to introduce first of its kind initiative in the field of education by initiating multi-media ‘Digital Collaborative Textbooks’ in government schools of the state. This decision would revolutionize the general education sector and would influence other states to opt for the same as well.
The new textbook would contain information contributed by persons around the globe in audio-visual format along with the normal textbooks. The DCTs would be launched in the government schools on experimental basis from the next academic session that would begin from June. The students and teachers could access the DCTs with the help of tablets and e-learning centres that is set up at various schools across the state. Kerala would be the first state to introduce this kind of multi-media textbooks for schools.
Over 3.7 million students and more than two lakh teachers in the state run government schools would get benefited by the initiative and they could connect with the outer world through the programme. The department of general education is willing to share digital textbook model to private schools as well, provided they make facilities available in their schools for teachers and children.
Like Wikipedia, where anyone can add their explanations and information, this platform would also allow people to add their explanations and ideas in these Hard Spots in Audio-Visual formats. These files would then be sent to ‘Academic Centre’ of IT@School, where the information would get verified and uploaded. Eminent personalities from various fields can contribute directly to these textbooks.
A sum of 50 crore has been outlayed for the project, which would be implemented with the technical support of the state-run Centre for Development of Imagining Technology(C-DIT). There are 5,000 tablets that are already been ordered for various schools and e-learning centres are being set up presently. The tablets would be distributed to the high schools students while the other students would have to depend on the e-learning centres, from which they can access the data in DCTs.
The government is planning to share the model with other states as well, so that India could achieve complete digitization in the field of education.
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