Itagar, January 23: Aruchal Pradesh today became the first state in the country to announce launching of web–based educatiol programme for all schools in collaboration with Google.
Christened as Chief Minister Global Education Programme, the innovative education system would be initially launched in 50 to 100 schools of the state out of over 7000 schools in the state and later extend to others in phased manners.
The system is a solution built for teachers and students through Chromebooks to bring the power of the web into the classroom.
The system would provide free productivity tools to simplify and save time with classroom, Gmail, documents and more besides providing thousands of teacher–approved apps, books and videos through laptops and tablets that are affordable and easy to mage.
“A new era of technology has begun in Aruchal Pradesh through which we can connect with advanced tions of the world,” Chief Minister bam Tuki commented while formally launching the programme here in presence of Team Google India representatives and officials of the education department.
Tuki said, the new system would be beneficial for those students who cannot go to schools so that they could learn from home.
Stating that the new concept would be a flagship programme of the state government, the chief minister exhorted the officials of the education department to work hard to make the programme successful by setting a target.
On November 15 last year, Tuki visited the Google headquarters, Mountain View, California, on an invitation by Google for the Google Global Education Symposium on Ministers and held talks with the Google Education team led by Caesar Sengupta, vice–president, product magement, Michael de la Cruz, Global Head of Education, Bram Bout, Worldwide Director of Education and Gagandeep Singh Puri, Head of Education in India.
Highlighting various problems associated with the education system in the state, Tuki sought ideas from Google on how to improve it in the state and also impart quality education to each and every student without any bias.
The Chief Minister stressed on the importance of improving the standard of the teaching fraternity in the state and urged Google to impart training and know–how to the teachers in the state and bring them at par with intertiol standard.
Google had agreed to make detailed Aruchal specific report and project and bring in solutions keeping in mind the local issues associated with it.
“The system will help expanding educatiol opportunities by providing every student in the state with access to a computing device and a web connection,” Sumit Gwalani, Chrome OS product lead (Asia Pacific) disclosed through a power point presentation.
Elaborating on the system he said, through the system, educatiol resources could easily be published, curated and shared by educators worldwide, so the best content was available to everyone on multiple devices at the lowest costs.
“Students, teachers, parents and even digital pen pals can work together, communicate across boundaries and learn from each other through the system,” he pointed out.
He said, open technology could transform education and improve learning for everyone everywhere.
“Google classrooms will give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn,” he added.
Education Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix speaking on the occasion reiterated the state government’s commitment to provide computer education in all schools of the state.
Stating that Aruchal would be a future technology hub for the entire North East region, Felix exhorted the teachers to utilize all IT facilities provided by the state government.
Education secretary R K Mishra stressed on the need for equipping all the schools in the state with adequate infrastructure for ensuring quality education.