Goa gets first set of ‘Energised’ textbooks



Taking the state education to the virtual level, Chief
Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday launched Goa’s first set of ‘Energised’
textbooks, which will allow the school students access their lessons by way of
quick response code (QR Code).

Sawant, who also holds
the education portfolio, in the presence of the Secretary for Education Nila
Mohanan released textbooks of ‘Environmental Studies: Looking Around’ (part I
and part II) for class V and textbooks of ‘Mathematics’ (part I and part II)
for class VI.

It is also proposed to
introduce ‘energised’ textbooks for class III and class IV, from the next
academic year 2020-21. The QR-coded textbooks would eventually be introduced
for all subjects, for classes from class I to class VIII, as per a decision
taken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The core content in
these textbooks has been provided by the experts at the national level, with
the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) bringing out
the same.

The State Council of
Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has brought out the Goa edition of
these NCERT textbooks by incorporating the local specific content, so that the
learners would feel familiar with the books.

The ‘energised’
textbooks form the initiative of the Union Ministry of Human Resource
Development, which has launched DIKSHA (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge
Sharing) to co-ordinate the particular effort at the national level. The students
can access curated content of every chapter in the digital textbooks by
downloading DIKSHA app, and then using QR Code printed near every lesson on the
textbook page. QR codes consist of an array of black and white squares,
typically used for storing web links, or other information for reading, with
the help of a smartphone camera. When the QR code is scanned on a mobile phone
using the Diksha app, it directs the students to audio-visual explanations of
the lessons, which makes understanding easier.

The content will be
interactive audio-visual, besides assessments and illustrations aligned to
school syllabus, thus making learning interesting and effective, for students
as well as teachers.

Furthermore, these
textbooks includes features like interesting tit-bit in boxes, information
about puppet play, games, riddles, quizzes and so on.

Goa also became the
first state to launch the DIKSHA Content Creation Competition, which was held
by the department of education in March 2019. The winners of this contest, who
created local content, were felicitated by the Chief Minister on the occasion.

Many states like
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have
already introduced QR-coded text books, in the recent past.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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