June 2007

Tryst with ICTs

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Vishwa Bharati Women's Welfare Society was formed in 1951, in Srinagar, Kashmir, when some concerned members of the society came together and resolved to dedicate their services towards nation building through uplifting of the status of Women in the post Independent India. Starting from a one room cottage today the Society is successfully running a chain of institutions in different parts of the country. Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida was started in 1988 and since then has grown to become one of the most reputed schools in NOIDA. Rashmi Kakroo  (rashmikakroo@rediffmail.com), the Headmistress of the middle school, shares more about the school engagements with ICTs.

Schools have often had a love-hate relationship with the use of ICTs, though things are changing even as I write this. The Central Board of School Education, India has made it mandatory for schools to have computer education taught in classes. The pattern of assessment has also seen a drastic change, with no exams but a system of continual assessment till 9th grade. These decisions coupled with the fact that everyone is understanding the importance and the ease of using ICTs, the school has adopted innovative ICT practices and tools to get teachers and students alike acquainted with such usage and more importantly to make things simple!
 
ICTs in academics…

All this started really with a small computer lab, where BASIC was the only language taught. As the curriculum allowed for further computer education to be introduced, several computer labs and courses were initiated. The school boasts of computer labs for pre-primary, primary, middle and senior school students. Several courses are taught and students are encouraged to use computers for their regular assignments as well. The assessment system has also brought in new type of report cards, wherein the student performance is gauged periodically, and computerised graphs are used to show progress of the student individually or with respect to other students in the class. This helps parents also to monitor the progress chart of their children closely.  Capacity building of the staff as well as the students for these processes is also ensured. Apart from this the whole school has LAN connectivity with every class being connected to the main server. A central announcement system has been installed to pass on the necessary information to all students and staff at any given point of the day

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