29 July, 2020

Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field

Supported by the Tata Trusts and Tata Institute of Social Sciences and NGO partners, this programme aims to promote higher order learning skills in students in underprivileged geographies

Initiated in 2012, the Integrated Approach to Technology in Education (ITE) a flagship programme of the Tata Trusts, uses technology to improve teaching and learning processes for active, project-based and authentic learning. In collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and several NGO partners, this programme promotes higher order learning skills in students from some of the most underprivileged geographies.

To allow opportunities for students and teachers to interact with the larger community online, an ITE webinar series was incorporated since January 2020. In these webinars, students present their projects, interact with specialists and learn new skills. Teachers and facilitators implementing ITE conduct sessions on computational thinking, teaching-learning with distance technologies and more. These webinars are now also being offered under the COOL (Connected Open Online Learning) initiative seeded by Tata Trusts in partnership with TISS.

On March 26-29, 2020, an open ITE webinar on communicable diseases was anchored by the TISS-ITE team. Students and teachers actively participated for three days, and students conducted research on various communicable diseases, presented their learning in the form of their own online quizzes, interacted with experts to have their queries answered and finally took part in an online quiz. Prior experience with ITE activities helped both students and teachers adapt to an activity-based pedagogy in an online environment.

Click here for a short video on the coverage of the 3-day session.

Additionally, information on ITE work and activities conducted during COVID-19 is published in the COVID special edition by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. ITE is the only Indian programme to feature in this international publication.

Click here to download the report

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