Kerala’s ICT textbook to teach audio, video technology

February 21st, 2011 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (IANS) The text book on information and communication technology (ICT) for Kerala’s class-nine school students will help them learn audio recording and video editing, an official said Monday. The text book, developed by the IT@School Project, will be available from the next academic year beginning in a few months’ time.

Apart from Malayalam, the textbook will also be made available in English, Tamil and Kannada languages, said K. Anvar Sadath, executive director of IT@School Project.

The union ministry of human resource development and several other states have shown interest in the ICT-enabled education system implemented in Kerala.

The IT@School Project is the technology arm of the state education department. It aims to empower students by providing ICT-enabled education from the grass root level.

Sadath said the new ICT text book includes topics on several free software packages such as Audacity, WinFF, which teach the students to re-record a poem as needed, re-edit portions if necessary and even give a new background music to selected portions.

“The textbook also teaches how to use handicams available at schools and also ways to create an educational documentary using the videos,” said Sadath.

Last year class-eight students were provided with an ICT text book.

“The new textbook for class-nine is designed completely in tune with the national curriculum framework. With a text book planned for class-10 also next year, the shift to ICT enabled education in the state’s high schools will be complete,” added Sadath.

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