IT@School is a novel concept of educational discourse. Started by the government of Kerala, it is designed to bring in information technology backed learning systems in Kerala schools. More than twenty thousand classrooms will now have electricity because of this initiative. Electricity in classrooms is the basic facility of IT backed education. Most school classrooms in Kerala do not have electricity.
Envisaging a mass spread of IT backed education, the IT@School initiative will provide each Kerala constituency with a pilot ICT education programme in select schools. By doing this the IT@School project hopes to achieve good feedback. Based on the feedback, more concerted measures will be taken to improve the quality of educational discourse.
Selected schools will be given a chance to implement an ICT Model (Information and communication technology). What it will also do is that it will train the teachers to equip themselves to the learning management systems. ICT tools and techniques will be used extensively in the model ICT schools.
Some of these tools will be a knowledge management system, and learning management system. Both these systems will have features that support online learning and tracking. For instance, the knowledge management system will be a hub of all knowledge capital multimedia content. It could host anything and everything. Using a content management system as the support base, the knowledge management system will capture tacit and implicit knowledge.
Discussion forums and wikis will also be part of the knowledge management system. Discussion forums will enable students to interact in matters relating to school and education. Wiki pages will host approved-content from students. Students can use wiki-pages to document knowledge material that is unique, erudite, and shareable.
At ICT schools, education software will be largely open source. Schools will be well-wired with good broadband internet service. Damaged computers or other peripherals will have a central place to get them repaired. Hardware clinic is the name given to this place. Administration of the school will be largely electronic. Education will be satellite based. EDUSAT, India’s only-for-education satellite will be used for this. IT@School is now a reflection of India’s changing times.