Stories from the field
I am 'Sajid Hussain Ansari’, teacher of Khanna High School. I have completed the ITE Certificate Course in 2017 and also worked as ITE master trainer in the ITE field. I am going to share the success story of one of my students – Priyanshu Mishra. My first meeting with Priyanshu was very normal. He belonged to a middle class family and was quite excited to learn new things using technology. After completing his project for ITE, he learnt how to create presentations using multimedia. For the ITE Mela we created coding projects using Scratch and a prototype of a burglar alarm using Arduino. He also got a chance to use Python and familiarize himself with it. In fact an idea of his which he created using Python was selected by ‘AI For Youth’ – a Central Government Initiative. He participated in various webinars and web quests which visibly improved his confidence and communication skills. He now says he wants to become a Gaming Engineer when he grows up. Without a doubt, I can say the ITE initiative has made an impact on Priyanshu.
A virtual felicitation ceremony was conducted on 24th March, 2021 to announce the completion of the 1st online Digital Badge course on ‘Using Educational Technology for Constructive Teaching and Learning’ at the Secretariat office of and in presence of Shri. B. Kalyan Chakravarthy, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam, Education Department and Mission Director, Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission. This virtual session was organized to announce that 211 teachers from various government schools, enrolled in the course, had successfully completed the 1st of the three Digital Badge courses, fulfilling the required criteria to earn the “Accomplisher” Digital Badge. These Digital Badges are three micro-credit online courses under the program on ‘Digital Badges for Technology Enabled Learning’ designed and implemented by Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, TISS Mumbai under the ITE (Integrated approach to Technology in Education) program. This program is implemented in Assam in collaboration and support from The Open University, UK, Tata Trusts and Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission, Assam. The program also aims to show research based impact on how open digital badges can support the delivery of Teacher Professional Development (TPD) at scale, help teachers in selection, tracking, sharing and making the most of TPD, the challenges and values in using digital badges and learning can be used in future implementations. Teacher participants of the Digital Badge course, ITE (Integrated approach to Technology in Education) Master Trainers, Prof. Padma Sarangapani, Chairperson, CETE, Ms. Amrita Patwardhan, Head of Education, Tata Trusts, Mr. Romen Das, State Consultant, SSA, Assam, TISS ITE resource team members and officials from Tata Trusts were present in the session. In his speech addressing the teachers who earned the 1st Digital Badge, Shri. B. Kalyan Chakravarthy congratulated the teachers for completing the course, encouraging them to successfully complete the remaining 2 digital badge courses. He also mentioned his willingness to scale this program for all the government schools in Assam, creating a large community of teacher leaders in technology-enabled teaching and learning.