The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education. NCERT publishes and maintains several open educational content and pedagogical process related resources. The resources are published with an aim to make quality content available for learners for self learning as well as for teachers to incorporate in their structured lesson plans.Central Institute Of Educational Technology (CIET), a consitituent unit of NCERT, came into existence in the year 1984 with the merger of Center for Educational Technology and Department of Teaching Aids. CIET is a premiere national institute of educational technology. Its major aim is to promote utilization of educational technologies viz. radio,TV, films, Satellite communications and cyber media either separately or in combinations. The institute undertakes activities to widen educational opportunities, promote equity and improve quality of educational processes at school level.
The My sCool Server team as of January, 2018, concluded a joint exercise with the CIET, NCERT and HBCSE (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education) team. The aim and output of the exercise was to make the following online resources available offline on the MSS –
National Repository of Open Educational Resources Portal
“NROER is a collaborative platform, which brings together everyone interested in school and teacher education.Initiated by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and managed by the Central Institute of Educational Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training, the Repository runs on the MetaStudio platform, an initiative of the Gnowledge Labs, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).” – Source: NROER
The repository contains more than 10,000 educational resources which have all been made available offline in the same way as it is hosted on the NROER website.
The entire website (epathshala.nic.in) with all the ebooks in ePub format have been ported offline on the MSS.
Curricula for ICT in Education Portal
“The present curricula for ICT in Education aims at realizing the goals of the National Policy of ICT in Schools Education and the National Curriculum Framework.
Given the dynamic nature of ICT, the curricula, emphasizing the core educational purposes, is generic in design and focuses on a broad exposure to technologies, together aimed at enhancing creativity and imagination of the learners.
For the teacher, it is an initiation into:
- Exploring educational possibilities of technology,
- Learning to make right choices of hardware, software and ICT interactions, and
- Growing to become a critical user of ICT.
For the student, it is an initiation into:
- Creativity and problem solving,
- An introduction to the world of information and technologies, and
- An opportunity to shape career pursuits.”
Source: ICT Curriculum portal
The portal based on the Moodle LMS platform has been made available offline on the MSS.
Online Programme for In-service Teacher Professional Development Portal
The ITPD portal built atop the Moodle LMS platform has been made available offline on the MSS.
New Possibilities for Teaching and Learning
Thanks to such rich content being made available offline on the My sCool Server, the MSS has become even more potent. It becomes a must-have for schools which are forward-thinking and want to progress on the path of creative and collaborative education. Now the lack of reliable Internet connectivity is no longer a road-block to self-train as well as impart interactive and engaging education to the students. Awareness of and access to such content shall also encourage contributions to the NROER from teachers across the country. Thus promoting a nation-wide collaborative knowledge movement.
The MSS comes with a ready-to-use world-renowned open source Learning Management System, Moodle. Moodle has out of the box multi-lingual interface support and is accompanied with rich documentation for a teacher to easily get started. Thus teachers can weave together the content from the rich offline repository for their custom lesson planning. Such lessons can be used in their digitally equipped smart classrooms, thus giving a very enriching and engaging experience to the students.
Our Gratitude and Commitment
The My sCool Server team is very grateful to Dr. Amarendra Behera, Joint-Director, CIET, NCERT for helping further our vision of equal access and opportunity for all. The technical team at CIET, NCERT did a commendable job with their coordination. We would also like to thank Prof. Nagarjuna G and his team at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education for their time, effort and the guidance extended to make the huge NROER available on the MSS.We are committed to continue working with the respective bodies and projects of the MHRD, GoI and NCERT to ensure that the above offline integrations remain fresh and up-to-date for maximum reach and impact.