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The Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR) is an independent research centre at TISS Mumbai. It was established in February 2015 to engage with and promote innovation in school curriculum, teacher education and higher education curriculum and pedagogy. The Centre provides incubation and promotion of innovations that address the needs of Indian education, and engages with innovative use of new technologies and media to raise relevance, quality and standards of education. Towards this, the Centre collaborates and engages with research, development, teaching and field action.
The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) is a key field initiative of the CEIAR. It is seeded by the Tata Trusts (India), with Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, Mass., USA) as founding partners. CLIx has been created to provide young people from under-served communities opportunities for participation in quality education offerings through the meaningful integration of technology. It works in four Indian states, namely Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana in government high schools of select districts. Research activities and collaborations around CLIx aim to nurture a pool of professionals from the fields of education, technology and science. (http://clix.tiss.edu).
CLIx’s initial development and implementation partners include:
Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE)
The Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE) is an initiative of the Tata Trusts in eighteen mostly rural locations in Eastern and Northern India that had reached over 17,000 underserved children by 2015 and continues to grow. Initiated in 2012, the central concept of ITE is to integrate digital technologies into the curriculum and instructional plans of teachers in government schools and other learning centres participating in the initiative. Adopting a largely constructivist pedagogical framework, the initiative seeks to improve teaching and learning processes and foster authentic and project based learning for the older children and adolescents in some of the most underprivileged geographies in India. The students, mostly first time computer users, create learning artifacts such as weather charts, jute production in India, or population density in different cities to deepen their learning of content in the school syllabus. In this way, technology is embedded within the design and pedagogy of the teacher’s lesson plan and curriculum. For more information on the existing ITE program and learning artifacts made by students please visit tatatrustsite.org
ITE has been established, scaled and now at the consolidation stage where the teacher capacity building workshops will be developed as a blended learning courses for teachers, consolidate research data on impact, and document best practices. These tasks as resource support to ITE implementation will be now taken over at the Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research at TISS. The project will commence from September 2016.
ITE Resource grant at CEI&AR
Is an attempt to consolidate and scale the impact, efforts and learning from the grassroots to global platforms and knowledge in the areas of education technology.
Resource support for the existing partners using the ITE approach, presently covering 17,000 students and 500 teachers. This will increase to 29,000 students by the end of the third year and reach about 6 lakh students through a nested model of teacher professional development for 250 teachers directly, who will prepare about 6,000 teachers in their local areas with the help of ITE resource personnel.
Drawing from global expertise:
Mainstreaming and scale:
Research and documentation:
Capacity building, monitoring and resource support for the Trusts’ ITE partners and direct implementation unit in Eastern UP:
Certificate course for 250 teachers:
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