From Blackboard to Keyboard Where does the Industry Drive us Next?

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When the winds of change blow, some build walls, others build windmills’

Technology integrated education is widely recognised as an important part of the total education and training system. Rapid innovation in information and communications technology (ICT) is transforming the way we work, the way we interact, the way we learn, and the way we live. The real challenge is how to reposition it in response to the global forces driving change in a knowledge-based economy.

Any effort to integrate ICT into the education system requires the leadership of all relevant stakeholders. The market forces making the strongest presence in this current revolution of ICTs led Education, the corporate leadership must have a clear vision of why they are striving to enable the use of ICT within the various sectors of the education system and the type of society they hope to achieve by doing so. They also must have a clear vision of the mechanism that the other stakeholders intend to use to implement ICT.

  • What is the need to integrate ICT in our existing education system?
  • How will ICT and the industry work for Indian education System?
  • What are the challenges for the industry today?
  • Where do they head five years hence?
  • How do they plan to take forward our vision?

While seeking answers to many of such questions from the industry players, Digital Learning in this issue aims at capturing the ICT and Education vision for the year 2012 to support the effective deployment and integration of ICTs in the Education system of India, by providing a platform for dialogue amongst  leading industry players to ensure alignment of plans, programmes and projects. The attempt is to draw the matrix outlining intended dimension approaches to ICT and Education industry through collection of some first person accounts of the industry representatives.

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