Oracle to introduce ThinkQuest in Andhra Pradesh schools

January 28th, 2009 - 9:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Jan 28 (IANS) Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) will roll out its online learning platform ‘ThinkQuest’ in 500 schools in Andhra Pradesh.OEF and the Institute for Electronic Governance (IEG), a non-profit organisation under the state government, Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding in this regard at Visakhapatnam.

This is expected to benefit nearly 25,000 students and teachers over the next two years.

ThinkQuest is a protected online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical skills, including creativity, communication, teamwork, and technology skills.

The agreement was signed by Amarnath Reddy Atmakuri, chief executive of IEG and Krishna Sistla, director of Oracle Education Initiative, Asia Pacific.

Under the first phase of the rollout, IEG and OEF will train 120 teachers from 60 schools on the ThinkQuest platform, said a statement here.

ThinkQuest supports the National Curriculum Framework (NCF 2005) of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in its objective to adopt project learning in classrooms across the country.

First launched in India in 2004, ThinkQuest currently supports over 146,000 students and teachers in 1,100 schools across the country.

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