ICT textbooks set for a comeback

THIRUVANANTHPURAM : After a gap of two years, the education department is all set to reintroduce information communication textbooks (ICT) in primary classes. The textbooks, prepared as `Kalippetti’ series for classes I-IV, are ready for publication.

 The education department’s decision to discontinue ICT textbooks for primary classes in the academic year 2014-15 had invited criticism, but IT@School authorities–during the last government’s tenure–justified the withdrawal by claiming the decision was taken by the curriculum committee. Former education minister M A Baby had then opposed the move.
The reintroduction of ICT textbooks was one of the first decisions taken by education minister C Raveendranath. Sources said that there was no documentary proof with government agencies regarding the decision taken by the curriculum committee. The books were introduced in schools in 2012-13.

“The new textbooks have been developed in an `edutain ment manner’ which integrates games and meaningful learning situations,” said IT@School executive director K Anvar Sadath.

ICT education aims to make learning interesting through self-study , fun and games, and observations rather than simply teaching how to use computers to students. The new textbooks are packed with fun and games which integrate learning processes (math, geography and linguistics). The games are organized in such a way that primary class contents such as arithmetic trainings, noun-based exercises, classroom activities such as reading, drawing, storyboard, comprehensions, numeric, dialogues, pattern making, and colour acquaintance are unfurled stage by stage, said experts associated with textbook development.

Source Times of India. Date: October 9 2016