[fosscomm] Vimla's comments on ICT Policy - from ICT google group
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Tue Jul 28 23:06:03 PDT 2009
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From: Vimala Ramachandran (ERU) <erudelhi at gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM
Subject: My comments on ICT Policy
To: ict-education-india at googlegroups.com
Here are my comments:
1. I agree with the comment (by ?) that the notion of outreach –
essentially implies “top down”. I have looked at 2 computer aided learning
programmes and found that the actual situation in the school did not inform
the model – it was not at all in sync with ground realities. Yes, ICT is
capable of supporting local / decentralised designs.
2. The vision of ICT should encompass ways of learning – it is not only
about technology and creating a knowledge society. It should be about
learning, about understanding and using ICT as a tool to learn / teach the
curriculum. ICT is not for something “different” from the essential aim of
education. It needs to integrate / support / enhance teaching learning
processes, promote self learning and promote exploration.
3. I agree with the comment that equity needs to be brought centre stage.
We just have to ask – how ICT can help us address the issue of quality
education for all.
4. Among the goals should be to develop confidence as well as the ability
to use technology (diverse sets of technology – including radio (incl
Edusat), electronic, audio-visual media) by teachers and students. This
implies that we do not adopt a minimalist approach to ICT – facilities
should be good, functioning, usable and freely accessible. There is no point
in installing technology if other related connectivity / power / hardware
issues are not addressed simultaneously.... To this end, may be we can ask
for “basic minimum non-negotiable conditions” for an ICT programme.
5. Given power / hardware problems in public institutions, I do not have
(in principle) objections to the BOOT model – we need to ensure oversight
over them to make sure the curriculum needs to be driven by “education
wallahs” and not “technology wallahs” - and that the programme does not
degenerate into one of procurement and kickbacks.
6. All pre-service and also select in-service programmes need to include
ICT and education for new and old teachers. Their confidence and comfort is
essential if the programme has to make any meaningful impact.
7. Content development has to be *led *by educators / teachers and not by
I have to get back to my deadline, sorry Guru this is all I have to say
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