Intel and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
Initiatives to Progress
Global economic and social trends over the past few decades have had profound implications on educational reform and the use of technology in schools. The pervasiveness of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have changed the way people live and made it necessary for educational systems across India to reinvent teaching and learning to prepare students with 21st century skills.
Perceiving this need for change and leading the movement for inculcating 21st century skills in the curriculum, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) joined hands with Intel and signed an MOU with the objective of:
Preparing the students for the emerging knowledge society
Intel and KVS organized several other ventures to bring about a dedicated change in education across India.
Principals play a crucial role in providing the necessary support and learning opportunities to improve teaching practices and raise student performance. In 2006, Intel and KVS conducted their first Principal Leadership. 532 Principals of Kendriya Vidyalayas participated in Forums at different KV locations and collaborated on discussions to encourage integration of technology into classrooms, aimed at increase levels of student learning.
Helping students gain Higher Order Thinking Skills through Research, Communication and Productivity Strategies and Tools and Assessments. Intel and KVS organized several other ventures to bring about a dedicated change in education across India.
Empowering Subject & ICT Teachers
During the In-Service training of KV teachers in year 2007, Intel was called in to train the subject teachers on Intel® Teach Essentials Course for effective integration of Technology into their classroom teaching. Along with it, ICT teachers of KVS were also trained on Intel® Teach Skills for Success Course for building Digital Literacy, Critical Thinking and Collaboration among the students of Class 6 and 7. To facilitate technology integration for students ‘Technology and Community’ and ‘Technology at Work’ are being implemented with the students of Class 6 and 7 as their formal textbooks. A second phase of training was conducted in 15 Kendriya Vidyalayas at 5 locations across the country in the 2nd week of April’08. The teachers participated in the Training Program enthusiastically and developed projects that not only softened the subject boundaries but also integrated technology judiciously.
The next milestone in the history of association of Intel and KVS was the Intel® Teach Essentials Online Course. A total of 505 teachers participated in a professional development course infused with research-based approaches to integrate technology into the classroom.
During the Face-to-Face session of training, teachers explored the possibilities of current web-based collaborative technologies and other software applications before selecting the most appropriate tools to support student learning in their unit design. A blog was created during the trainings at each location sharing the participant’s reflections and comments/suggestions on the Training Course.
These URLs of blogs created are:
|KV Pitam Pura:||http://essentialsonlinecoursekvpitampura.blogspot.com/|
|KV OLF Dehradun:||http://teachessentialsonlinekvolfdehradoon.blogspot.com|
|KV No 3, Jaipur:||http://essentialsonlinekvno3jaipur.blogspot.com|
|KV Sec 2 RK Puram:||http://essentialsonlinekvno2rkp.blogspot.com|
|KV Sec 3, Rohini:||http://teokvrohini.blogspot.com|
|KV Gole Market:||http://teachonlinekvgolemarket.blogspot.com/|
Number of short sessions varying from 5 to 8 hours was organized during the In-Service Training program in the year 2010. The summary of training program conducted is as under:
|Date||Venue||No. of Participants|
|9th May,2010||Kendriya Vidyalaya, No.1, Delhi Cantt||36|
|10th May,2010||Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sec 8 Rohini||43|
|11th May,2010||Kendriya Vidyalaya, NFC, Vigyan Vihar||62|
|12th May,2010||Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sec 4, RK Puram||25|
|13th &14th May,2010||Kendriya Vidyalaya, No 3, Delhi Cantt||50|
|15th May,2010||Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sec. 4 RK Puram||44|
|8th June,2010||Kendriya Vidyalaya, AN Block, Shalimar Bagh||36|
|9th June,2010||Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sec 3, Rohini||33|
During these sessions, one of the new offerings Project Based Learning Approaches course, the latest short course under Intel® Elements Course Series was introduced. The course offers opportunities to apply Project Based learning in classrooms with Action Planning Exercises. (www.intel.com/education/elements).
Teachers also became the part of the larger Community by registering on Engage Online Community (http://engage.intel.com) as one place, where in they can find all resources and share their experiences with others.
The Teachers Engage community focuses on core topics of the Intel® Teach Program—effective use of technology, instructional design, project-based approaches, assessment of 21st century skills and open-ended questioning.
Orientation of Course Directors/Principals/Resource Persons
KVS organized a workshop for Course Directors and Resource Persons at Lucknow and Mysore. Intel was invited for an orientation session that aimed at briefing the Course Directors/Resource Persons of the KV on Intel Education Initiatives. It served as a platform for the Principals and Resource persons to share their experiences and the steps taken by their trained teachers in implementing Project Based Learning in their Vidyalayas.
The participants were also given an insight about the Skills for Success curriculum and the methodology involved.
Celebrating Successful Partnerships
To celebrate the successful association between Intel & Kendriya Vidyalayas, a showcase event was held on 25th March 2009 at the KVS head office. The event was graced by Senior Policy Makers – Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners & Assistant Commissioners - involved in various policy decisions related to Academics, Finance, and Administration & Training.
The beneficiaries - Principals, Teachers and Students also participated in the event to share their experiences. A very fine example of this collaboration was the publication of the Project Based Learning E – Book, an important resource in facilitating the teachers to adopt learning methodologies that align with the National Curriculum Framework and NCERT Guidelines. The E-Book was released by the Commissioner along with the inauguration of the ICT Resource Centre set up with the support of Intel at the Zonal Institute of Education & Training Centre, Gwalior. The resource centre is now open for KV teachers for their Professional Development activities.
Joint Contest for the “Best Integration of Technology in Education”.
To felicitate teachers who have inculcated creative methods to enhance their teaching and learning practices, Intel organized a Joint Contest for “Best Integration of Technology in Education” for Regions, Schools, Teachers and Students of KVS and NVS schools. More than 3500 registrations were received across rural/urban/remote areas, in both Online and Offline Mode and an award ceremony “Celebrating Excellence in Education” was conducted on 10th August 2010 at KVS Auditorium in New Delhi to motivate the contest winners and share the practices adopted by them.
The Award ceremony was graced by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India as the Chief Guest while Smt. D Purandeswari, Hon’ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India was the Guest of Honor. Teacher receiving the award from Hon’ble Minister Other dignitaries who attended the ceremony were Smt. Anshu Vaish, Secretary Education, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD; Shri. S C Khuntia, Joint Secretary, School Education, MHRD; Vice Chairman KVS & NVS Mr. Ashok Thakur - Additional Secretary School Education MHRD; Shri. Avinash Dikshit, Commissioner Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan; Shri Manoj Singh, Commissioner Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti; Mr. Ramamurthy Siva Kumar - Managing Director, Intel South Asia and Mr. Rahul Bedi, Director Corporate Affairs Group, Intel.
Intel has provided KVS the copyrights of ICT Curriculum Skills for Success for both Teachers and Students of Class VI and VII, which comprises of the following Resources:
- Teacher Book (manual for ICT Teachers)
- Technology and Community (TAC) (Text Book for Class 6)
- Technology at Work (TAW) (Text Book for Class 7)
- Help Guide CD (step-by-step instructions for technical skills for commonly used software applications)
The objective of the curriculum is to encourage and develop 21st century learning skills with a focus on developing technology skills, critical thinking and collaboration among the students of Class 6 and 7.
Intel® Education Help Guide
The Intel® Help Guide is a flexible resource for teachers and students to learn technical skills (word processing, multimedia, graphics, and spreadsheet). The resource is available in a CD format and online. (www.intel.com/education/helpguide)
A Demo workshop on the Digital Help Guide Resource was conducted on Jan 21, 2010 at KV, Sec 2, RK Puram, New Delhi, with an aim to introduce the resources as well as to discuss the usage and implementation of the Digital Help Guide among students and teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya. 11 subject teachers from 4 Kendriya Vidyalayas in Delhi participated in the workshop
Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS)
IRIS - Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science, is the merger of ‘Intel Science Talent Discovery Fair’ (ISTDF) and Department of Science & Technology (DST) – Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) “Steer the Big Idea”.
In an attempt to drive scientific research capabilities amongst student participants, Intel provides an international platform for young students to participate in the world’s most prestigious science competition IRIS. The national winners of IRIS represent India at the largest pre-college science fair in the world – the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in USA, and also the International Exhibition for Young Inventors (IEYI) held in various countries every year. In the past seven years, international winners have helped focus global attention on India’s potential in the new century. Rishin Behl, KV, Mankhurd (Mumbai)
Rishin Behl, 18, Winner of IRIS 2006 from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mankhurd (Mumbai) has won total 5 awards at ISEF in individual category for Geophysics for his project ‘A Novel Design for Magnetic Levitating Seismograph’
Hamsa Padmanabhan, was the Winner of IRIS 2005 for her project ‘Analysis of a Simple Prototype for Magnetic Levitation. The project provides an understanding of magnetic levitation of static extended bodies and shows that a prototype can be built with inexpensive, everyday, materials.
Summary of Winners and their Projects is as under:
|Year||Project||Name of the Winner||category||School|
|2001||Low Cost Bamboo Flask||Delin Peter||Physics||Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bijapur, Karnataka|
|2002||E-Quake Alert||Anoop Kumar Sharma||Kendriya Vidyalaya ONGC, Dehradun, Uttarakhand|
|2004||An Algorithm for Hidden and Occluded Surface Removal from one or more Viewpoints||Prathik George||Computer||Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Bangalore, Karnataka|
|2004||Shatavari - A Potential Enhancer of Breast Milk Production||Shaarika S||Zoology||Kendriya Vidyalaya, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala|
|2005||Analysis of a Simple Prototype for Magnetic Levitation||Hamsa Padmanabhan||Engineering||Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pune, Maharashtra|
|2006||A Novel Design for Magnetic Levitating Seismography||Rishin Behl||Engineering||KV, Mankhurd, Mumbai|
|2009||Investigation of a configuration of magnets used as a spring||Devavrat Kulkarni||Physics||KV No.1, Colaba, Mumbai|
The Road Ahead
The mission of Intel Education Initiatives is to 'Accelerate 21st century education' for the knowledge economy as be a trusted partner for governments and educators.
As a staunch partner for KVS, Intel will continue providing learning opportunities to help young people develop skills and make connections that enrich their lives and prepare them to succeed in the knowledge economy.