SCERT is conducting workshops across the state to encourage teachers to adapt and use technology available to them.
As many as 2,880 government school teachers have been provided training on the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) as part of a project under the Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiative.
Under this project, SCERT has been conducting workshops across the state to encourage teachers to adapt and use technology available to them.
Asir Julius, assistant professor, SCERT, noted that unlike propriety software, FOSS is free and easy to use, and users can customise the software based on their needs.
How the project is being executed?
For the project, Asir said interactive tools were picked and 64 master resource persons, which included teachers from schools and District Institutes of Education and Training across the state, were trained.
The master resource persons, in turn, trained teachers in their respective districts through two-day workshops. The teachers were introduced to several tools and applications, such as the GeoGebra application to teach maths and the PhET application to teach scientific concepts through virtual simulations.
To enable teachers to access the software, SCERT has also set up an online portal which functions as a learning management system.
(With inputs from The Hindu)