The schools in Kerala are fast becoming digital with hi-tech classrooms equipped with advanced gadgets, including laptops and multi-media projectors, coming up in over 40,000 classrooms in the state.
The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has enabled 40,083 classrooms in select state-run and aided schools to become hi-tech, as a part of the state government’s ambitious 'Hi-Tech school' project.
What is KITE?
KITE, formerly IT@School project under the state General Education Department, is a special purpose vehicle envisaged to promote IT education in state schools.
• When it comes to the district with the most number of hi-tech classrooms, Kerala’s northern Malappuram district tops the list with 5096 hi-tech classrooms, followed by Kozhikode with 4105 and Thrissur district with 3497.
• The deployment of laptops, multi-media projectors, mounting kits and USB Speakers to the 40,083 classrooms has been completed and an additional deployment of 16,500 laptops for computer labs will be undertaken in the following week.
• Of the total 4,752 government and aided high schools, higher secondary and vocational higher secondary schools, all classrooms in 3,676 schools have been made hi-tech.
• In 702 schools, 70 per cent classrooms have been made hi-tech, but in the case of 315 schools, only less than 50 per cent of them had been made digital.
• As a requisite for the hi-tech school programme, the schools have to ensure safe and secure classrooms only after which the ICT (Information Communication Technology) equipment would be provided to them.
• However, ICT equipment like laptops and projectors would be deployed to these schools on a certain proportion.
• Teachers would be able to take the equipment, which are to be kept in the labs, to the classrooms for teaching as per requirement.
Despite the landmark progress in building hi-tech classrooms in the state, there are though 59 schools with 439 classrooms in the southern state where not even one classroom has been made hi-tech. This is because renovation and strengthening of existing classrooms in these schools cannot be undertaken since an approval has to be obtained from authorities for construction of new buildings.
• A total of 13,786 schools, including 9045 lower and upper primary schools in the state, have been equipped with high-speed broadband connectivity.
• Over 60,000 student members of 'Little KITES IT Clubs' have been provided the first phase of ICT training.
• Besides, the Samagra Resource Portal, which helps in achieving the learning objectives of all subjects in each class, has been receiving a tremendous response from the teaching and learning populace.
• A total of 1, 22, 915 teachers have been registered as members in Samagra.
• KITE has imparted specific ICT training using Samagra resource portal for 74,668 teachers, enabling them to effectively teach their subjects in the hi-tech classrooms.
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