ICT IN EDUCATION CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS
This curriculum is recommended for use with students of classes 6-12 by Govt. of India. It should not be used at the primary stage (classes 1 to 5). This curriculum attempts to introduce students to a dynamic, immensely popular field, exposing them to a wide range of information and resources, motivating them to explore and participate in. It can not only support learning, but also introduce them to diverse activities which challenge their intellect and imagination.
This curriculum is organized into four strands:
Class I to V
As per the recommendations of NCF 2005, ICT is not recommended to be offered as a separate course at primary level. Rather ICT based games will be integrated into core subjects so that students learn ICT incidentally along with learning of their subjects. 130 games have been identified that needs to be integrated across class 1 to 5. These games are all open source that has scope for translation into regional languages, as most of the states prefer the content in regional language for primary level. These games will inculcate the ICT skills in children and also helping them to learn the subjects better with the support of ICT.
After the ICT intervention games, the students will be able to:
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Class VI to VIII
A separate ICT in Education course is recommended for class VI to VIII and it attempts to equip students with an ability to negotiate a range of devices, tools, application, information and resources. The course is offered in chunks of three periods a week, which include one teacher led session and two hands on sessions. The teacher led session aims to demonstrate techniques and processes and present a context to learning. Following this, students engage themselves with activities, which are designed to provide adequate hands on experience. Each activity has an associated deliverable to be recorded. The student also has to submit various assignments as part of the courses. This should facilitate a comprehensive and continuous assessment. Provision for improving upon one’s performance is also built in. A summative is designed at the end of each year. This evaluation also includes an exhibition and peer review of the work done throughout the year. An e-portfolio to capture all learning and complements the periodic summative assessment through the course.
The curriculum expects an allocation of three sessions per week and thirty weeks per year for the course work. The course spans three years. This course will be the foundation courses for the vocational courses that may be delivered for class 9 to 12 or for further learning into core computer science. This course can also be expanded as 5 year course or delivered to different range of class like class 8 to 10 according to the need of the school boards.
After undergoing the course, the students will be able to:
Class IX to XII
As vocational education is part of class 9 to 12, this ICT course will be extended as vocational course which will follow the rules and norms of vocational education courses with respect to time allocation, certification, and methodology etc. 11 courses has been identified which is mapped to minimum of 15 job roles prescribed by NSQF. This course will be offered as Level 1 to 4 as per NSQF recommendations.
ICT based vocational course are offered with the following objectives: