Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE) was conceptualised and disseminated by Tata Trusts in 2012. This approach is a pedagogical framework to improve teaching and learning processes and foster authentic and project based learning for older children and adolescents in some of the most underprivileged geographies. Students, mostly first time computer users, create learning artefacts like weather charts, graphical representation of jute production in India or chart population density in different cities, to deepen their learning of content. All the projects assigned are carefully selected by the teachers and match with the curriculum and lessons taught in the school.
The four objectives of this approach are: (i) bridging the digital divide and fostering digital citizenship; (ii) creating learning interest and improving attendance and retention; (iii) enhancing learning achievement; and (iv) improving learning processes and pedagogy.
The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) is designed for high school students to strengthen their knowledge in key areas considered critical for further education or employment. Students learn through hands-on interactive modules, games, simulations and experiments that lend themselves to the use of technology. Teachers are trained to use contemporary technology tools for deepening their own understanding of the subject matter and enriching the classroom experience. Progressive pedagogical content, continued professional development by building communities of practice, and research to conduct high quality studies in the areas of impact evaluation and innovation diffusion are the hallmarks of CLIx.
CLIx is currently being implemented in the states of Mizoram, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
The five year collaboration of Tata Trusts with Khan Academy will provide free high quality educational resources for use in both online and offline modes. Breaking the "One size fits all” policy of traditional classrooms, the personalised learning platform being offered will allow each child to learn at his/her pace and take ownership of their own learning. Building teacher competency in subject areas and allowing for teachers to use dashboards to identify students and areas that need attention, will maximise outcomes. With quality and equity for the entire education system as a goal, this programme hopes to reach learners not just through schools across the country but also through tutoring centres and common service centres.
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