CAL implemented in 618 Govt schools in State

CAL implemented in 618 Govt schools in State
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Kohima, March 20: With an objective to involve the delivery of lesson modules via computers in an active and engaging manner, a centrally sponsored Computer Aided Learning (CAL) under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is being implemented in 618 Government Middle Schools (GMS) across Nagaland.
While the project has been implemented since 2004-05 benefitting over 39,500 students, the SSA Nagaland under supervision by the State School Education Department is gearing up to implement the project in all the 913 GMS in phase manner.
This was revealed through leaflets provided during Government teachers training on CAL held in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s office Kohima today.
Substantiating the good achievement made in CAL programme, Government Middle School, L. Khel, Kohima village was chosen for receiving the Computer Literacy Excellence Award for Schools 2004.
The prestigious award was presented by the president of India, Late APJ Abdul Kalam on December 7, 2005 at New Delhi. The following year, GMS Rusoma also received the Computer Literacy Excellence Award for Schools 2005. Each award carried a cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh along with citation.
The CAL modules are designed based on the state SCERT school curriculum.
The main objective of the CAL program is to attract school children, retain them in the schools and to improve the quality of the education through animated multimedia based educational content besides imparting technical training to the subject teachers on the usages of CAL Multimedia Software and teaching students the basics of computers.
The basic objectives of CAL programme are to make the students and teachers familiar with computer, to teach the subjects through computers, to use the educational software to assist the user in learning a particular subject, to enable the government school students especially rural area students to be at par with the urban and advance school students.
The programme improves the IT literacy in rural areas particularly, thereby removing the digital divide in the State, improve the inters of students in school studies thus increasing school attendance and between performance in examinations, improve the teaching process with the integration of the IT in the class and improve student and teacher learning and productivity.
For 2016-17, MoU was signed on January 11, 2017 with two ISO certified companies – M/s ECROUS IT Solutions, Maharashtra and M/s I. CUBE Technologies & Services, Chennai to provide computer hardware, software and to provide training to subject teachers in 84 selected schools across the State.
The programme is being implemented by outside agents till date since SSA Nagaland is of the opinion that the programme will be more successful in the State if the whole package of delivery of hardware, development of multimedia content CDs, teachers training on CAL, providing technical support etc is done by implementing firms due to lack of manpower and non availability of adequate infrastructure in the State. And also for the MHRD criteria of ISO certificate of firms/agents implementing the programme.
Besides hardware and furniture, software on CAL multimedia of subjects mathematics, science ,history, geography and political science based on the state SCERT school curriculum are to be developed and installed in schools by the implementing firms.
The identification of hard topics is done by subject teachers who creates the study boards and submits them to the firms for production of the multimedia content. The story-board is first verified and approved by state SCERT officials before final production of the multimedia content (Digital Learning Materials.).
These digital learning materials refer to the text book lesson topics being converted into multimedia CDs, it means the use of different types of media to teach a lesson or enhance a lesson with further examples or activities for students (for example, using film clips of footage shot during World War II while learning about the war in a history class).
CAL implementing schools are provided by three sets of computer with tables, three UPS, one printer with table, nine chairs, electrical items, two reams of A4 paper and five printer ribbons.
It was informed that schools implementing CAL program prior to 2012-13 were provided with generator as back-up support, however, due to fund constraint generators could not be provided henceforth.
(Page News Service)