* Textbooks with QR codes to be distributed among students
GUWAHATI, Sept 14: Learning Mathematics, Science and English will be easier and quicker for students studying in government schools in Assam. From the next academic session, students will study textbooks with audio-visual learning material.
The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Assam, is currently preparing the textbooks with quick response (QR) codes, which will be distributed to students from classes V to VIII. A QR code is a type of two-dimensional barcode used for providing easy access to information through a Smartphone.
QR codes will be printed on books identified by teachers/subject matter experts in the physical textbooks. These codes can be linked to engaging videos and interactive content to better equip teachers, and provide students with the same content. Students will be able to use the information from home as well.
“The basic idea behind such a move is to make learning fun and interesting. With such textbooks, teachers will be able to use the content to make the process more interactive and students will also be able to use it to access information in the form of videos, audios and text,” said an official of the SCERT, requesting anonymity. Students who generally have to search for additional information on their own will be able to get more information by using the app.
He said digital interventions in education will be an increasing phenomenon in the future.
According to the official, QR codes will initially be used in English and Mathematics for Class-V, in Social Science for Classes VI to VIII and in General Science for Class-VIII.
“The material for the new system will be developed by the SCERT involving several information and communications technology efficient teachers,” the official said, adding that the material will be uploaded at DIKSHA.
DIKSHA, which stands for Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing, is a national platform which hosts open educational resources and teacher-related information. The Centre will provide funds to SCERT to develop the study material.