LCDs for Zilla Parishad schools in rural PuneRural ZP schools to get a taste of IT learningEducation, News — By The Desk on February 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM
Times of India: Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools in the district will now receive LCDs from the model Computer-Aided Learning (CAL) centres, which will be used in demonstrating interactive learning-based CDs and multi-media lessons for students in the taluka regions. Thirteen schools in Pune district have been selected for the first phase of the scheme. The talukas where such LCDs need to be installed will be identified and it will soon be installed.
The aim of the CAL programme is to reach out to the children from rural backgrounds, who do not have the access to information technology like the children from urban background.
Arun Gire, chief of the education board at the Pune Zilla Parishad, said, “The CAL creates an environment, where learning and assessment is fun and the opportunities to learn is equitable among the rural and urban children. It is primarily introduced in rural government elementary schools covering Std I to VII to attract and retain children and also in the process, enhance the quality of learning.”
The LCDs will enable the schools to achieve the CAL programme successfully which aims at imparting education through storytelling, animated cartoons, interactive games and riddles with the use of multimedia features. “The main objective of the CAL programme is to attract the children, retain them in schools and to improve the quality of education through animated multimedia-based content,” Gire said.
Another official at the ZP, involved in the implementation of the project, said, “Spontaneous, self-initiated and self-regulated, the three critical aspects that make an activity play, has been integrated in CAL to make learning fun. The use of cartoons, storytelling and music is intended to keep the students engaged.”
Installing LCDs will enable larger use of educational CDs and softwares in rural schools. It will also enable the government school students, especially in rural areas, to be at par with the urban and advance school students.