The digital India campaign has promoted extensive use of ICTs in the teaching learning process. The ePathshala, a joint initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been developed for showcasing and disseminating all educational e-resources including textbooks, audio, video, periodicals, and a variety of other digital resources. The ePathshala Mobile app is designed to achieve the SDG Goal no. 4 as well i.e. equitable, quality, inclusive education and lifelong learning for all and bridging the digital divide.Students, Teachers, Educators and Parents can access eBooks through multiple technology platform that is mobile phones and tablets (as epub) and from the web portal through laptops and desktops (as Flipbook). ePathshala also allows users to carry as many books as their device supports. Features of these books allow users to pinch, select, zoom, bookmark, highlight, navigate, share, listen to text using text to speech (TTS) apps and make notes digitally.
This mobile application provides a quick and an easy access to information on learning outcome. Disaggregated and details learning achievement by management of schools, gender, social groups and location till district level in classes 3, 5 and 8 and detailed achievement by learning outcomes in classes 3, 5 and 8 are provided in the mobile app. After the selection of indicator and subgroup user can visualize information in charts and maps as per his/her choice and easily share through email or social media to any other user.
PINDICS can be used by teachers themselves for assessing their own performance and to make continuous efforts to reach the highest level. These can also be used for teacher appraisal by the supervisory staff/mentor to assess and to provide constructive feedback for the improvement of teacher performance. Each performance indicator is rated on four point scale ranging from 1 to 4 indicating the levels of performance. The rating points are: 1. Not meeting the expected standard 2. Approaching the expected standard 3. Approached the expected standard 4. Beyond the expected standard If the teacher performs tasks in an innovative way and makes extra efforts for improving student performance can be rated as beyond the expected standard.
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GoI) has launched the SWAYAM PRABHA project to run 32 educational DTH TV channels on 24x7 basis. CIET, NCERT disseminates curriculum based educational TV programmes for Secondary, Senior Secondary and Teachers on channel no. 31, ‘Kishore Manch’. The e-pathshala Kishore Manch app is a discussion- driven analytic tool which will enable students to ask their queries related to the programme telecast of the channel and promote discussion between peers as well as students and teachers. Teachers can ask MCQs and collaborate with the teachers across nation.
The use of ICT for improving education as emphasized by the NPE(1986), by CABE, in its report on Universal Education (2012)recommending ICT inclusion in schooling and ICT Curriculum for Schools (2013) has consequently led major government schemes to have a component of funding allocated for using ICT. The Digital India campaign (2015) has further provided impetus to all ICT initiatives in the country.