The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx), a program that will alleviate learning experiences for students from secondary schools in the country by making effective use of information and communication technology (ICT) will be launched by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in collaboration with the Tata Trust. Phase-I will include over 1,000 state-run schools across four states – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram – and reach out to an estimated 1.65 lakh students in less than three years, in phase II, the initiative will look at extending the scope to other states, including Maharashtra, and in more Indian languages.
Another major focus will be professional development for roughly 4,400 teachers in the four states. This announcement was made in the presence of chairman of Tata Trusts, Ratan Tata, MIT president Rafael Reif, S Ramadorai, chairperson of the board and Director, TISS, S Parasuraman. The focus in the initial stage will be to offer content in English, Hindi and Telugu for subjects such as English, Science, mathematics and professional values.
CLIx would help to support the existing school curricula in the country with their technology-integrated aids. This programme will be making use of visuals, 3D images, videos, and educational games, simulation tools to make education exciting and interactive for children along with open-education resources and massive open online courses will be made available to all students. Tata stated, “With large numbers of students entering secondary education for the first time in Indian education history, on one hand, and new advances in technology and connectivity, on another, we have a unique opportunity to provide quality education at scale. Through focus on English, science, mathematics, and values for work preparedness, CLIx promises to break new ground,”.
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