CLIx Bootcamp brings new insights and perspectives on EdTech

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A two day CLIx Bootcamp 'Leadership for Technology Enabled Learning' was organised for the district education officers from Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana during 24th and 25th May, 2022 in the TISS, Mumbai campus.


Mumbai, 25 May 2022: The Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), organised the 'Leadership for Technology Enabled Learning' Bootcamp for officials as aprt of Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx). This Bootcamp was envisioned as a space where Education Administrators can examine problems, assumptions, implications, and design solutions by understanding state-specific learners and their contexts in authentic and humane ways. Over 49 State and district Officials from the school education ecosystem in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana participated in this BootCamp.

Prof. Mythili Ramchand, Co-chairperson, CETE, TISS welcomed the participants. She lauded the participants' enthusiasm and conveyed the best wishes of the Centre Chairperson, Prof Padma Sarangapani for the event.

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Prof. Mythili Ramchand, Co-Chairperson, CETE, TISS inaugurated the Bootcamp.

 

Dr. Anusha Ramanathan, Asst. Professor, CETE, TISS stated, “The meaningful integration of the technology in schools at middle and secondary levels could be a game changer for bringing out the best possible practices in the process of teaching and learning".

Dr. Ajay Singh, Associate Professor, IGNOU emphasized on formulating a common objective based on simple rules along with collaboration as the key principles of effective EdTech governance. He also explained the urgent need of providing access and regular exposure of computing devices in schools to both teachers and students. "Exposure to technology enabled learning is the key. Because over 95% of the curriculum is still taught in the classical method- textbooks and teacher led. To bring in new trends, this exposure is crucial to enable students and teachers to integrate technology in learning."

He also emphasized that for the mapping of the technological resources in all the levels of the school education system under the umbrella of governance, the human resources must work in the groups for common objectives and lastly there must be common rules for governing all the components of school education system equally with the exposure of what the technology is doing/bringing to us.

 

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Dr. Ajay Singh, Associate Professor, IGNOU conducted session on EdTech Governance.

 

The camp included a variety of sessions and group activities on various aspects of EdTech such as leadership, administration, evaluation, intervention design, hardware and software and role of market and non-state actors in public education system. Mr. Kishore Darak from Tata Trusts interacted with the participants and spotlighted the role of parents and community engagement.

Prof. P.K. Shajahan, Dean, Academic Affairs, TISS, discussed the multi-layered process which lies behind the learning process. He emphasized the importance of 'socialising the digital'. Mr Narendra Mishra, Deputy Registrar, TISS, also elaborated on the importance of integrating digital resources in education.

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Prof. P.K. Shajahan, Dean Academics Affairs and Mr Narendra Mishra, Deputy Registrar, interacted with the state education officials.

 

The officials from the state of Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram expressed their views on the current, future, and ideal structure of the technology blended teaching and learning process. They believe that the access to technology must be easy and cheap, contextual, and more interactive. Urban and rural accessibility also plays a role in the usage of technology meaningfully for teaching, learning and assessment.

 

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Education officers were engaged in sessions and activities on meaningfully leveraging technology in the teaching-learning and administration process.

   

The National Educational Policy 2020 envisions the classrooms equipped with the Ed-tech resources and the mindset of using technology in meaningful ways in the teaching and learning process for better outcomes. Meaningful technology integration is the need of the hour in the teaching, learning and assessment process to better bridge the gaps in learning, knowledge transmission, easy access to multidisciplinary content (e-content) and other vibrant teaching learning aids. Hence, this bootcamp was aimed to provide a platform for the district and sectoral education officers to understand and share with each other myriad challenges and opportunities offered by EdTech, and, enable them to thoughtfully adopt and integrate EdTech in the education administrative processes.

The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx https://clix.tiss.edu) is a technology-enabled initiative at scale for high school students and teachers in India. The initiative was seeded by Tata Trusts, Mumbai and is led by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. CLIx offers a scalable and sustainable model of open education, to meet the educational needs of students and teachers. The initiative has won UNESCO’s prestigious 2017 King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the field of Education.