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    Project English

    In today’s globalised world, English skills are more vital than ever. Project English, a British Council India and Sri Lanka initiative, was set up in 2007 to help improve English language skills across the region in a number of different areas. We aim to train over 3,000 master trainers directly and 750,000 teachers indirectly in state schools over 5 years. Find out more

    Reaching 5 Million Learners

    Working in partnership, the SSA, Unicef and the British Council identified areas in which Tamil Nadu primary school English teachers could develop the effectiveness of their classes so that children gain higher levels of English proficiency.  Together, we designed, planned and implemented a Teacher Development Programme across the state, initially focusing on 5th Standard English teachers, to:

     

  • give teachers greater confidence to speak English in the classroom in order to maximise learners’ exposure to the English language.

  • make children more active in the classroom, with teachers using their existing textbooks in more student- centred ways.

  • empower teachers to teach their syllabus using activities and interactive games, with a focus on speaking skills.

  • encourage teachers to consider their professional development by informing them of existing professional communities.

     Click here for an overview of the project.

     Click here to download the project report.   

    Filming in Schools

    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 programmes.


    Bringing Grammar to Life

    Supporting our 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 here to read more about Hornby Workshops.  

    British Council Websites

    We invite teachers and learners to view the British Council’s websites, which are free to access. 

    Teaching English, is the global home for English teaching on the web and brings together everything busy teachers need, from classroom materials to ideas for development.  

    Learn English, is portal that links to all of our websites for teachers and learners of English. Have a look at the learning sites for adults, professionals and the one for children, Learn English Kids 

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    Microsoft Project Shiksha – Technology in Education

    Microsoft’s 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.

    Government of 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 state.

    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.

    Microsoft has 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.

              Certification

    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.

              School Visits

    Microsoft organizes visits to the schools of the teachers trained under Project Shiksha to study the transfer of teacher’s IT skills into practice.

              Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards

    Microsoft 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

    Mr.K.Rajesh 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

    1.       Training is really 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

    2.       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

    3.       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 life. 

    - A.P.Tholkappian, Head Master, PU Elementary School, Kaveripakkam, Vellore

    4.       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, Chennai.

    5.       I 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 lot.

    Kanikkai Raj, PUM School, Kothirambakkam, Kancheepuram Dist.

    A Key Highlight

    I am 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.

    Because of 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. 

INTEL TEACH PROGRAM IN TAMILNADU

            The association of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Tamilnadu Government and Intel® Teach program has been very fruitful since its inception in mid 2004. The details of the work done by Intel® Teach in promoting ICT integration in schools of Tamilnadu are summarized below:

  • In-Service Teachers Development Program: Training program on effective integration of technology in day to day student centric teaching – learning process and preparing students for 21st century skills.
    • All the 412 Blocks Resource Centres (BRCs) covered from 30 Districts 1150 Schools covered.
    • 1145 Block Resource Teacher Educators (BRTEs) trained as Master Trainers; Master Trainers trained 17697 teachers from Government Schools. 18842 teachers trained in Tamilnadu.
    • More than 1000 school Principals participated in Principals Leadership Technology Workshop.
  • Training Program for DIETs – ICT in Education Program for Future teachers of Tamilnadu
    • Training program launched for 29 DIETs and 9 TTIs with a plan to train over 600 Teacher Educators impacting 4000 student teachers every year.
    • 61 TEs from 29 DIETs and 9 TTIs have been trained as Master Trainer under Intel® Teach curriculum.
    • Discussion in progress for integrating Intel® Teach Pre Service curriculum as ICT in Education syllabus for 2 year D.T.Ed course in Tamilnadu.
  • ICT in Education implementation support
    • Developed “Vision document on ICT in Education for Department of Education of Tamilnadu” in collaboration with ELCOT and submitted to Tamilnadu State Planning Commission.
    • Enhancement workshops and refresher course provided to more than 1000 teachers across the state to support technology integration at school level.
    • Contest for best planning of implementation of ICT in Schools conducted for BRTEs of 20 Districts. Three best implementation plans were honored at a state level ICT in Education Showcase event jointly organized by SSA & Intel.
    • Contest for Teachers on “Best use of Technology in Education” launched in July 2006 in collaboration with SSA Tamilnadu for identifying exemplary technology integration by teachers.
    • For the district level test more than 786 entries (project developed by teachers) were received from 30 districts across the state. Significant number of rural teachers participated in the contest. The best two entries from each district were selected for state level contest.
    • EDUSAT based orientation program conducted for Teacher Educators who served as evaluators for district and state level contest.
    • Promoted online group of Intel Trained Master trainers to facilitate ICT implementation.
    • Orientation program conducted for Chief Education Officers and Deputy Program coordinators and training coordinators from all the 30 districts.
  • Impact and Program Evaluation
    • Intel trained BRTEs designated as CAL center coordinators and given the responsibility if ICT in Education initiatives in their respective BRCs.
    • Intel Trained BRTEs of SSA Tamilnadu submitted research papers and case study for the forthcoming (May 2007) MHRD and IGNOU sponsored National Seminar on ICT in Education.
    • Impact of Intel Tech program on teachers and students was showcased during South State SSA review meeting. Education Secretaries, State Project Directors and MHRD officials congratulated the teachers and students for their exemplary work in integrating technology.
    • Government of Middle School in Karakottai Village being termed as Project Based Learning Center after successful implementation of project on Eradication of Child Labour, due to involvement of students, the villagers have taken oath to eradicate child labor as a result 12 children (child labors) were enrolled to the middle school.
    • Impressed by the awareness camp conducted by the students of Government School in Nilgiris district, the village heads have donated a piece of land.
    • More than 76% of the teachers reported involving students in computer based education activities at least once after the Intel Teach program.
    • More than 80% of the Teachers reported positive impact of computer aided lessons on students.
    • Over 90% of the teachers are satisfied with the training program in 2005-2006.
    • Over 90% of the teachers have opined that they are comfortable of using  technology in classroom after Intel Training Program.
    • Over 95% of the teachers have said to recommend the training program to other teachers.
  • Plans 2007
    • Continue with the training program: Second phase of BRTEs training in all 30 districts.
    • Launch training program for High schools and Higher Secondary Schools.
    • Integrate Intel Teach Pre Service curriculum in D.T.Ed. ICT curriculum s textbook.
    • Include School implementation case study contest in the state contest for trained BRTEs of the Tamilnadu.

Azim Premji Foundation

Highlights of the year 2006-2007

We have started this year with 412 CAL centres and also with 54 CDs. 

In this academic year 422 Computer Aided Learning Centres have been started.  Each Computer Aided Learning Centres has been provided two computers and one LCD projector.  All Computer Aided Learning Centres are situated in CRCs.  

Then Key Resource persons refresher training was conducted in June 2006 at three places in Tamil Nadu. 87 KRPs were given training in Yercaud, Ooty and Kodaikkanal.

Then the KRPs went back and plan for teachers training. Two or three block were clubbed and given three days training for the teachers. 50% of the teachers of a CAL centres should attend first and the remaining 50% teachers should attend the training in II phase.  All the teachers of the CAL centres have been given training. In this academic year 2284 teachers have been given 3 days training on CAL across the state. 

Before the teachers training all AEEOs and AAEEOs have been trained in across the state. 584 AEEOs have been given one day orientation on CAL. Then all the 422 CRCs HMs have been given one day orientation on CAL. Then all Block coordinators of CAL (BRTEs) have been given training n CAL. 

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  • Developed “Vision document on ICT in Education for Department of Education of Tamilnadu” in collaboration with ELCOT and submitted to Tamilnadu State Planning Commission.
  • Enhancement workshops and refresher course provided to more than 1000 teachers across the state to support technology integration at school level.
  • Contest for best planning of implementation of ICT in Schools conducted for BRTEs of 20 Districts. Three best implementation plans were honored at a state level ICT in Education Showcase event jointly organized by SSA & Intel.
  • Contest for Teachers on “Best use of Technology in Education” launched in July 2006 in collaboration with SSA Tamilnadu for identifying exemplary technology integration by teachers.
  • For the district level test more than 786 entries (project developed by teachers) were received from 30 districts across the state. Significant number of rural teachers participated in the contest. The best two entries from each district were selected for state level contest.
  • EDUSAT based orientation program conducted for Teacher Educators who served as evaluators for district and state level contest.
  • Promoted online group of Intel Trained Master trainers to facilitate ICT implementation.
  • Orientation program conducted for Chief Education Officers and Deputy Program coordinators and training coordinators from all the 30 districts.
  • Impact and Program Evaluation
    • Intel trained BRTEs designated as CAL center coordinators and given the responsibility if ICT in Education initiatives in their respective BRCs.
    • Intel Trained BRTEs of SSA Tamilnadu submitted research