TN first state to introduce IRAT for Class 10, 12 Students
TAMILNADU: Class 10 and 12 students appearing for their state board exams this academic year have an added feature in their classrooms with advanced integration of information and communications technology (ICT) across schools in Tamil Nadu.
An Information Recognition Application Technology (IRAT) based app called 'TN Schools Live' was developed by the ICT cell of SCERT to help make text book information more demonstrative and interactive.
Using the app on an image or concept in the text book automatically transforms it into a three-dimensional live demonstration along with a tutorial in Tamil to explain the concepts. The app can be used on a phone, tablet, computer or laptop.
The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) which implemented the module said that there are a total of 141 concepts in Maths and Science text books that have been fed into the app.
"We introduced this in classes three months ago and the 141 concepts on a pilot basis have been embedded into the app. These concepts are comparatively the more difficult portions," said R Asir Julius, assistant professor, SCERT.
Principal secretary of school education department, D Sabitha said that Tamil Nadu is the first state in the country to have done this. She expressed that IRAT would help students immensely when it comes to understanding concepts.
"We have been integrating ICT across schools in the state by developing modules as well as teacher training. Classroom lectures are available in video format too.
Apart from the 141 modules, we are also looking at developing modules for 600 additional topics for classes 6 to 12. Further rounds of teacher training will follow," she said, speaking on the sidelines of a joint seminar organised by the school education department and the academy of Korean studies, Republic of Korea.
SCERT's Julis said that the technological idea of lessons is developed by teachers themselves. A total of 1650 teachers have been trained under ICT module with 240 teachers having been trained to create the digital content parallel to the textbook content.