DOT-COM Activity: India - Technology Tools for Teaching & Training in India (Project T4)
Short Description: This project develops Information and Communication Technology based tools to improve quality of primary education and ensure better access to the same, with special focus on girls and other vulnerable populations. It is being implemented in the states of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand in Inida.
Phase/Type of Activity: Signed Award Status: Active
Start date: September 30, 2002 End Date: September 29, 2007
Person(s) to contact
Nadia Karim-Shaw , Technical Advisor
T4 Project - India , Education Development Center
Full Description: This project develops ICT-based tools to improve the quality of primary education and ensure better access for girls and other vulnerable populations in three target states in India - Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The Technology Tools for Teaching and Training (T4) Initiative seeks to assist Ministries in the three target states to apply their burgeoning technological capacity to the quest for quality education for all. Through radio, video and computer technology, the program capitalizes on global and local experience and expertise in the design and delivery of programming for students and teachers for improved teaching and learning through a multi-channel approach in English, Math, Social Studies and Science. The program promotes the creation of a new partnership between Indian and U.S. educators to define a common agenda for the use of technology to improve learning among difficult to reach populations, with a particular emphasis on girls.
Update 1 (as of June 2004):
IRI scriptwriting is currently underway for two series, Introductory English in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, and 4th/5th multi-grade for math, science and social studies in Karnataka. Scriptwriting teams were finalized and training was provided. By March 2004, scriptwriting was fully underway, site selection had taken place for impact evaluation, and producers were chosen. Since March, additional workshops have been held and formative evaluation of programs has begun. Project Director and WID representative, Andrea Bosch, is preparing to move to India to continue management of the project from there for the final year of the project. Workshops in Chhattisgarh this year have included IRI Scriptwriting (facilitated by Nadya Karim Shaw), Audio Production (facilitated by Dominique Guay) and Evaluation design and creation of an instrument (facilitated by Mike Royer, Dr. Phalachandra, and Kimberly Parekh). Workshops in Karnataka included IRI scriptwriting, Audio production (facilitated by Dominique) and Evaluation design and creation of an instrument (facilitated by Mike Royer, Dr. Pahlachandra, and Kimberly Parekh). Training continued with technical assistance to IRI scriptwriting teams from Instructional Design specialists through July.
Update 2 (July-Sept. 2004):
Project staff officially launched the IRI series Chukke Chinna in Bangalore. The launch was attended by a wide set of participants from the state governments of Karnataka, USAID, All India Radio, collaborating NGOs, producers, scriptwriters, and friends. The Chukke Chinna (meaning "the yellow dot" in Kannada) radio program includes programming for math, science, and social studies for 4th/5th grade multigrade that incorporates a project- based learning approach to improve the quality of teaching and learning in marginalized communities. Later in the quarter, the project also launched a second series, "Learning English is Fun" in Ghhattisgarh state. This series will provide daily introductory English lessons.
Update 3 (January-March 05):
The project's mid-term evaluation took place during the end of January and beginning of February. The lead evaluator concluded that the project was meeting its intended intermediate results.
Update 4 (October - December 2005: The T4 project is being implemented in Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, and has also expanded to the state of Madhya Pradesh recently. The IRI programmes in Kannada are being broadcast throughout the states of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh (with the state governments bearing the broadcast fees), and in 5 districts in Jharkhand covering around 165,000 schools. The video films in Kannada are being telecast by the state government from the EDUSAT satellite in the entire district of Chamrajnagar of Karnataka, covering 885 schools. Trainings of teachers in these schools have been undertaken with the support of the local state governments, and the schools have been provided with Teachers Guides by the project. An evaluation of the learning gains among the students and the improvements in teaching practices is ongoing.
Development Sector(s): Basic Education
ICT Intervention(s): Computers in schools, ICT and Women, ICT/Curriculum integration, ICT/education policy formulation, Pre-service teacher training, Technical Training
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