teachers to consider their professional development by
informing them of existing professional communities.
here for an overview of the project.
here to download the project report.
As a follow up to
the training, British Council teamed up with Graphic Pictures of
Chennai to produce 5 films of different model lessons from the
grade 5 textbook using real teachers in real classrooms across
the state. These will form part of a set of self access
materials for teachers at Block and Cluster Resource Centres, as
well as being used in future face to face training and refresher
Bringing Grammar to Life
project work, Mr Adrian Tenant, a well known expert in English
Language Teaching, delivered the Hornby Workshop “Bringing
Grammar to Life in the Upper Primary Classroom” to 30 Tamil Nadu
Master Trainers in September 2009, who then cascaded the 3 day
workshop to 15,000 teachers across the state. Click
read more about Hornby Workshops.
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Microsoft Project Shiksha – Technology in Education
Project Shiksha- ‘Empowering the future’ is a focused program
designed to deliver comprehensive training and curriculum
leadership for students and teachers in government schools. In
Tamil Nadu, Project Shiksha training has touched 30 districts,
3729 schools, 3943 teachers and 3, 15, 440 students in the State
within 17 months of its operation.
Tamil Nadu entered into an MOU with Microsoft Corporation India
Pvt Ltd. in November 2005 for implementation of the Microsoft
Partners-in-Learning (PiL) program which is aimed at
accelerating IT literacy amongst government school teachers and
students in the state. The MoU entails the setting-up of one IT
Academy centre in the state. Project Shiksha training is
presently running in training locations in 7 districts in the
soon-to-be-inaugurated Microsoft IT Academy is a world class
facility equipped with a state-of-the-art IT lab complete with
latest hardware and software, a comprehensive IT curriculum and
well-trained staff for effective delivery of IT training for
school teachers. 20 desktop PCs are used for the routine
training process. A laptop has been provided to the IT Academy
Manager who is required to visit various schools across the
state to ensure consistency in delivery process. The overall
infrastructure includes 2 classrooms, a meeting room, library,
cafeteria and DG power backup supply.
deployed initiatives that are meant to motivate the teachers to
deploy the skills acquired in the training program when they
return to their schools, thus contributing to the overall
success and impact of the project.
Microsoft awards “Partners in Learning Certificate” to
deserving teachers. Certificates are awarded approximately three
months after culmination of training contingent to certification
criteria being met. The aim of certification is to motivate
teachers to use computers at their workplace (school) and drive
usage for benefit of both school and students.
organizes visits to the schools of the teachers trained under
Project Shiksha to study the transfer of teacher’s IT skills
Teachers Leadership Awards
organizes annual event “Innovative Teachers Leadership Award”
for all teachers who have measurable impact of their innovative
handling of academic endeavors. The teachers first compete at
the national level and the winners get an opportunity to
participate in Microsoft’s Regional Meet internationally. The
winner of the Regional Meet gets an opportunity to showcase
his/her work in the final Meet in the US.
Winner of the Innovative Teachers Leadership Award 2006
Kumar, Secondary Grade Teacher of Panchayat Union Primary
School, Kanuvai, Periyanayakanpalayam, Coimbatore has been
selected for the Innovative Teachers Leadership Award 2006
instituted by the Microsoft Corporation. Mr.Rajesh Kumar’s
computer based science project on “Paramecium” won the award.
. He is one from Tamil Nadu and one of the 10 from across the
country, to be so honored.
Feedback from the Teachers Trained
excellent. Basic concepts are taught in an excellent manner.
We hope the twelve days training will be very useful.
Martin Raja Rathnam, PUM School, Kattankulathur Block
This computer training is quite different from other training
program, because of the teaching
methodology and infrastructure . I got more enthusiasm in attending
this training. Our faculty is also very much cooperative with
us in learning. I feel good and enjoy this training.
M.Gomatheeswaran, PUM School, Vadamanipakkam
The Project Shiksha training programme provided by Microsoft
Corporation through the partners in learning associated with
Tamil Nadu Government was excellent in all aspects. We have
imparted the technical knowledge of Microsoft products
especially Microsoft Office to a greater extent. The training
helps to improve the quality and enhance the maintenance of
school’s academic and executive activities and for analytical
purposes. I wholeheartedly appreciate the endeavors of the
organization and the assistance rendered by the trainers on
behalf and for their hardships undergone to educate us about the
utilities and the implementations of computers in our day to day
- A.P.Tholkappian, Head Master, PU Elementary School, Kaveripakkam,
I implemented the same methodology observed during my
training program and implemented the same in my school. Now a
day, I prepare my lessons using Powerpoint
and Find it
much better than chalk and balck board. My students are happier
and participate well during sessions.
- John Victor, Secondary Grade Teacher, Corporation Primary School,
learnt clearly about the functions of the system and basic
needs. This program is very useful to me to teach my lessons
effectively in future. I get more information from past two
days. “My dream came true” from the project Shiksha. Thanks a
Kanikkai Raj, PUM School, Kothirambakkam, Kancheepuram Dist.
A Key Highlight
fortunate that I received the Project Shiksha computer training
program from Microsoft in the month of April 2006. The Project
Shiksha training motivated me so much that at the end of the
training program I decided to buy a computer for my personal
use. Immediately after the training program I not only bought a
computer for my personal use, but I also bought a computer with
a printer for my school by mobilizing funds from my friends and
the old students of my school.
the training program given by Microsoft, I am able to use the
technology in teaching the subjects to my students effectively.
I bought lots of subject CD’s on Planets, Virus & Bacteria etc.
I feel that I can teach the subjects very comfortably and
effectively by using the computer and also the students find it
easy to understand the subject very well. Apart from my own
collection of CD’s, I use the CDs available in the CAL centre
given by SSA office. Since we have only one computer in our
school, we are not able to provide enough time to all the
students in our school, if we get one more computer it would
definitely helpful to the teachers and the students. If
computers are provided not only to my school but to all the
schools, I am sure that all the students would benefit from it.
I have never
attended any computer training program before attending
Microsoft Project Shiksha Training. During the training program
I was trained on how to browse the internet, download pictures,
and use animation in the presentation. Also in the training
program I presented a project at the end of the training program
which helped me to prepare more presentations using Power
point. I have prepared around 15 projects on various subjects
like Maths, Science etc. At home I have internet connection, by
which I download lots of animation pictures which helps me to
prepare my presentation on subjects. I got trained on how to
prepare and print a document that helped me in automating all
the school documents. In fact the current year results were
printed from our school printer.
I once again
express my gratitude to Microsoft for providing such a wonderful
computer training program.