PROGRAMMES OF SCERT 2016-17

Quality Pre-Service Training

SCERT has introduced technology-infused infrastructure to enhance learning skill of student-teachers. The student-teachers are given training to handle skillfully the changes in the teaching methodologies, child-centric approaches and computerised learning atmosphere.

The student-teachers are involved in developing life skills like Yoga and Health awareness to enhance their physical activities. They are given opportunity to keep their institution clean and green by organizing cleaning and greening. The student-teachers as well as teachers and students in the vicinity gain innovative science teaching methodologies through the celebration of science week. This activity also enhances scientific attitude of student-teachers. In Tamil Nadu, under SCERT, 32 DIETs, 7 BITEs, 9 GTTIs, 34 Government Aided Teacher Training Institutes, 321 Self-Financing Teacher Training Institutes. Totally 403 Teacher Education Institutions offer Diploma in Elementary Teacher Education Course.

Number of Institutes offering Diploma in Elementary Education (2017-2018)

Student Admission in Teacher Education Institutes

SCERT introduced single window admission of students to the first year Diploma in Elementary Teacher Education since 2013-2014. This procedure has facilitated students to reach the counseling centers and choose the institutes of their choice on their own. In the last four years, 10,000 students got admission in DIETs and Teacher Training Institutes through this innovative procedure without causing any financial burden to their families.

Enhancing Teacher Competency through Information Communication Technology.

In the era of ever changing technology, children are much interested to learn through interactive visual medium rather than only hearing because they are attracted towards the touch screen and small screen gadgets. In the 21st century 'screen age', children learn better if the content is transacted through attractive visual media. Hence, SCERT has taken sincere efforts to support teachers in the development of e-content which provides wide scope for interactive learning.Programmes through EDUSAT

Programmes through EDUSAT

SCERT has provided various educational programmes through EDUSAT Video conferencing mode at 58 terminals covering all the 32 districts in the academic year 2016-2017.

Every month EDUSAT programmes are organised for 15 days with 3 hours duration each. The pre-service students of DIETs were benefitted by the various programmes such as Yoga, Child Rights, Value Integrated Teaching and Learning (VITAL), Life Skills, Personality Development, Pre-service teacher education, Communicative skills in English, Image Recognition Application Technology (IRAT), Disaster Managements, Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS), Preparation of Continuous and Comprehension Evaluation (CCE) Worksheets and soft skills. 1700 teacher trainees were benefitted through this programme.

During August - September 2016, training on Disaster Management was given to teacher trainees and school students with the help of Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Department. Through this training 1700 Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.) students got benefitted.

Further, officials of SCERT review the branch wise functions of DIETs and provide suggestions for strengthening and improving their performance.

The SSA provides information and training for the benefit of resource persons and reviews through EDUSAT. 2500 student teachers of DIETs, 160 Lecturers, Block Resource Teacher Educators and Teachers were benefitted through this programme.

Virtual Class Room

In compliance with the Hon'ble Chief Minister's election manifesto that internet based learning would be implemented in all High and Higher Secondary Schools in Tamil Nadu, the Government of Tamil Nadu introduced 'Integrated Learning Scheme through Internet' in all high and higher secondary s chools in the academic year 2016-2017. Under this scheme, 770 Government High and Higher Secondary Schools and 11 DIETs have been provided with the facility of virtual classrooms. All these virtual classrooms have been inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Minister in a phased manner. The Virtual Class rooms provide scope for using the best resources by all students who are in remote locations at the same time. Thousands of school children are benefitted by this facility.

Digitization of Text books

The Tamil Nadu Government takes appropriate measures to enable even children with special needs to get quality education with the support of technology. The Hon'ble Chief Minister introduced digitized 10th standard e-books on 01.04.2017. This ensures quality education for all.

Conversion of School text books into audio supported digitized text books

SCERT organized a meeting with head teachers and teachers of special schools in preparing audio-supported digitized text books with the help of Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) software to address the needs of special children, (Visually impaired). Based on these views, DAISY software provides scope for meeting individual learning needs. Further, it provides the learner to have access and opportunity to hear any page of the digitized text book read aloud (both forward and backward). This type of text books benefits not only visually impaired children but also children with learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, cerebral palsy and autism. The equipment with DAISY software reads only English content. Now it has been modified to read Tamil content also. A workshop was held for the persons who were involved in the development of Tamil Nadu text book, text book authors and educationists to convert school text books into audio supported digitized text books to benefit all children with special needs.

Online Presence of SCERT

SCERT has an exclusive space under SCERTTN Channel in www.youtube.com where the innovative practices of outstanding teachers are uploaded in the form of videos. Four Science videos translated from English have also been uploaded on to SCERT channel. 145 science digital lessons linked to the current X Std science are made available in video format.

Image Recognition Application Technology is a milestone in SCERTs journey towards bringing technology to the palm of every student in the state. Two hundred science experiments video shot using Government Middle School Students is being reviewed by subject experts. These student demonstrated experiments will certainly motivate fellow students to have hands on science experience in their respective schools. SCERT channel also has video filmed Primary Tamil songs, "Thayenapaduvadu Tamil". These 40 Tamil video clips have been viewed by more than 4 lakh Tamil enthusiasts across the globe. To ensure offline listening of the Tamil video songs 35,000 copies of VCD have been distributed to all the primary schools.

So far, SCERT channel has 950 educational videos in its repository.

Pronunciation with gestures method

A Video package is being developed to enable children to practise sounding letters of Tamil with appropriate pronunciation with the accompaniment of gestures. This Video package shall involve all the five senses and reinforce learning as students look at letters, move their body parts, pronounce the letters and listen to their own sounds. Songs blended with Tamil Music, traditional art forms, Cultural factors are imbedded in this Video package. The Video shooting is happening in culturally rich spots such as Karaikudi palace, Malls, Thoothukudi port and various other places.

Debates and culture festivals are conducted to train the children in developing oratorical skills and pronouncing tongue twisters accurately. In this massive effort, 500 teachers and 2000 students are involved. The Video package is so designed that it would enable any learner, irrespective of his nationality, to learn to pronounce Tamil letters appropriately within thirty days. As this innovation facilitates pronunciation of letters in the right syllables, (timing), this could very well become the fore runner of Tamil vision "Language speaking device". As this Video CD intends to motivate learners of Tamil across the globe, it is destined to become a ready reckoner for language learners.

Career Guidance Programme

State level orientation programme on career guidance, involving experts in career guidance and faculty members of SCERT, has been organized by SCERT.

The Government is concerned about the difficulty of students studying in Government and Aided schools to choose right course in higher education which could lead them to climb higher professional ladder. To address this lacuna and empower students to have updated information on courses and their prospects, Hon'ble Minister of School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare made an announcement that Career Guidance Progamme would be organized in all the 413 blocks and 32 Districts. In this connection, programme was organised to empower the students to take informed decisions in choosing their higher education among the available wide range of courses. Chief Educational Officers (CEOs), DIET Principals and District Level Officials were given instructions for conducting this programme through video conferencing.

The Tamil Nadu, Text book and Educational services corporation extended its support by printing 3,00,000 career guidance handbooks for standard X and XII. The Directorate of Employment and Training collaborated with SCERT in providing materials such as career guidance reference hand books separately for X and XII brochures containing all the career options for students and Registration cum Feedback forms.

All the students who attended the career guidance were provided with pamphlets for their reference. This programme benefitted 15 lakh students across the state.

Evaluation through CCE Worksheets

The Government continuously adopts appropriate measures to ensure quality in education and attainment of conceptual clarity of students. In this connection, the Government of Tamil Nadu issued a G.O (ID) No. 449, School Education (ERT) department, dt: 29.11.2016 to implement CCE Worksheets for the classes I to X in all Government and Government Aided schools to enhance the learning achievement and conceptual understanding of students.

SCERT involved, SCERT and DIET faculty members, Block Resource Teacher Educators (BRTEs) and Teachers in the preparation of CCE worksheets. SCERT has given training to the educationists in preparation and improvisation of worksheets through experts from Central Institute of Indian languages during December 2016 and SCERT experts during January 2017. Moreover, it is proposed to develop worksheets for all the three terms for classes I to X in the academic year 2017-2018.

Disaster Management Awareness competitions:

To create awareness on disaster management among the school students of Tamil Nadu, Oratorical, essay and drawing competitions were conducted for the students of classes VI to XII.

25 lakhs students have gained awareness through these competitions. Certificates were given for the winners at school-level, educational district - level and district level competitions. The state level winners received appreciation with cash prize and certificates from the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 01.04.2017.

Coaching for Teacher Eligibility Test (TET):

To prepare the 2500 students for TET who are studying in the second year in DIET, Government and Government Aided Teacher Training Institutions. Coaching and model tests are being conducted. Moreover, model question papers have also been uploaded on to the website to enable students to write the online model examination during their convenient time, and assess their achievement level on their own.

Training of Post Graduate Teachers:

The SCERT organises training to Post Graduate Teachers to enhance their content knowledge and provide them with requisite strategies to improve the pass percentage in XII standard Board Examination. This training was imparted to teachers of Tamil, English, Physics, Chemistry, Bio-Botany, Bio-Zoology, Commerce, Accountancy, Economics, History and Computer Science. In the academic year on 2016-2017, 28,800 PG teachers got benefitted by this training.

Learning Materials:

To help X and XII standard students, to write the Board examination comfortably without fear, SCERT has developed learning materials incorporating previous Board examination question papers similar to last year and uploaded them on to the official website. These learning materials were given to all the CEOs in the form of CD. Nearly 20 lakh students faced the common Board examination with enhanced confidence.

Training on Project Based Learning:

SCERT organized training on Project Based Learning for Primary and Middle School teachers to strengthen CCE. Ten modules for various classes and subjects at primary and upper primary levels were developed. The training was organized at the state level and district level and the modules were given to each school. Five hundred projects were designed to enable students to explore and develop the skill of learning. In this training, around 1,20,000 teachers were benefitted directly and 40 lakh students were benefitted indirectly.

Administrative Skill Training for Assistant Elementary Educational Officers (AEEOs)

SCERT organized a two day - training programme for promoted AEEOs on administrative skill and academic supervision. The retired officials of the secretariat, experts from human resource development, Anna Institute of Management and SCERT faculty members jointly organized this training. In all, 85 AEEOs were oriented on account maintenance, court cases, office administration, Tamil Nadu Government guidelines, classroom monitoring, school visits, auditing and implementation of Government welfare schemes, etc.

Activities of Research Cell

The members of the Joint Review Mission of the MHRD appreciated SCERT and DIETs for the state and District Level Quantitative Researches undertaken. They recommended to undertake qualitative researches in future. In this connection, a two day workshop was organized by SCERT, involving faculty members of DIETs and SCERT. Two case studies drawn from India and foreign countries were explained in detail. The training focused on indentifying research problems. In this training, 64 DIET faculty members gained deep insight into the methods of undertaking Qualitative Research.

School Standards and Evaluation:

SCERT, in collaboration with the NUEPA developed framework for school standards and evaluation. The framework was field-tested in 40 schools in different geographical area such as Trichy, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Tuticorin. Base to the impact of the awareness in the training programme the school Head Masters, fixed their Future Plan and Development Plan. These schools have achieved gradual improvement in the identified stages. Necessary data have been collected for introducing School Standards and Evaluation in all the schools in this year. Each school can acquire the skill of self-assessment activities undertaken in collaboration with other organizations.

Convergence with other organisations

SSA

SCERT in collaboration with SSA has been organizing training programmes for skill development of teachers of primary and upper primary levels. The competent experts, faculty members of in DIETs and Teacher are identified and activity based modules are developed. Various Training programmes at CRCs and BRCs are organized utilizing local resources.

In CRC level training programmes at the primary level, 66,870 teachers in the training on Mathematical Skill Development, 52,403 teachers in the Training in Teaching of Science utilizing local resources. 63,851 teachers in the Training on Tamil Reading, Writing Skill Development, 28,576 teachers in the training on English Teaching Skill Development, 2,10,867 teachers in the training on Enhancing CCE in Learning Simple Activities, 1,06,326 teacher in the Training on Drawing and Handwriting Skill Development, 1,04,934 teachers in the training on Puppetry, Value Inculcation through storytelling, 1,05,218 teachers in the training on Environmental Protection and Health and 95,694 teachers in the training on CCE and Linking Road safety with Physical Education were benefitted.

In the BRC level programmes at the upper primary level, 18, 911 teachers in the training at Teaching of Science utilizing local resources, 17,338 teachers in Tamil Grammar Teaching Training, 19,207 teachers in the training on usage of Mathematics Kit, 15,389 teachers in the training on understanding History through Map Drawing Skill and 17,447 teachers in the training on Enhancing English Teaching Skill were benefitted.

In the CRC level training programmes at the upper primary level, 74,561 teachers in the training on Enhancing CCE in creative learning, 75,462 teachers in the training on Enhancing Drawing and Hand Writing Skill, 74,557 teachers in the training on preparing for competitive Examination, 75,152 teachers in the training on increasing the Achievements of Children, 73,863 teachers in the training on Environmental Protection and Health and 67,824 teachers in the training in Adolescence, Stress Management and Values were benefitted.

Value Integrated Teaching and Learning (VITAL):

To improve the quality of education, SCERT organized the Value Integrated Teaching and Learning (VITAL) training for teachers handling classes 6th to 10th in Government and Government Aided, Middle, High and Higher Secondary Schools SCERT identified nearly 100 values and integrated them with the content to teach the students and apply them in their real life situations. The training was organized for the 40,000 teachers working in 10,000 Middle schools and 8700 High and Higher Secondary schools. Through this training, 45 lakh students got directly benefitted.

Restructuring of Value Education Curriculum:

As per the G.O.(MS)No.51 School Education (ERT) Department dated: 21.03.2017, the Government has issued orders to incorporate chapters of Tamil world Literary Master Piece, Thirukural to the syllabus of std 6th to 12th .

SCERT constituted an expert committee to divide the chapters of Thirukural, in the syllabus of 6th to 12th class to instill moral values and develop a value Education syllabus.

In this syllabus-38 chapters of Arathupal (Righteousness) and 70 chapters of Porutpal (Materialism) in all 108 chapters have been classified and distributed.

These chapters have been divided according to the students age, mental maturity and their understanding capacity.

Educational and Cultural Exchange between South Korea and Tamil Nadu

South Korea Educational and cultural research organization has found that the Educational and Cultural characteristics of Tamil Nadu are connected with South Korea. In order to develop cultural and educational exchange, SCERT and the Education department of South Korea organized a conference in Chennai on November 2016 under the Chairmanship of the Hon'ble School Education Minister and The Secretary of School Education Department. Nearly 100 educationists from all the districts participated in the conference.

South Korean researchers provided information on the long tradition and cultural likeness between Tamil and South Korean languages. The Tamil educationists spoke about cultural bondage between South Korea and Tamil Nadu. SCERT faculty and DIET faculty dwelt on the origins of Tamil and Korean culture and similarities between the cultural lives of both Tamil and South Koreans in the distant past. Since the South Korean students continue to bag first five ranks in the international achievement tests, the educational and cultural linkage between Tamil Nadu and South Korea would benefit students in future.

Discussion with Tamil Teachers from Singapore

The group discussion was organized at SCERT educationists of Singapore, ministry and teachers on the Information Technology initiatives on Tamil language learners.

The information on teaching and learning of Tamil language using Information and Communication Technology, Teacher Education curriculum and Syllabus, activities related to evaluation, curriculum and syllabus, framework followed in Singapore, procedure of Teacher's recruitment and promotion were discussed during the meeting. The educationists of DIETs and teachers were involved in the discussion to enhance and evaluate the quality of school education department of Tamil Nadu.

The discussion continues among DIET teacher educators, student-teachers and students through EDUSAT.

Revision of text books

SCERT which is involved in the restructuring of text books has undertaken the task of revision of text books to emphasize Health and Hygiene concepts among students. The pictures depicting Toilets usage, Environment, sanitation, personal cleanliness were collected from the rural development department and they were incorporated to the wrappers of textbooks of Std 1 to 12.

Incorporation of Grammar Worksheets in English text books

It is proposed to incorporate grammar worksheets in English text books of Std. III to VIII for the forthcoming academic year to enhance the English language proficiency of students. The text books which are incorporated with the grammar worksheets were released on 01.04.2017 by the Hon'ble Chief Minister. This would be useful to improve English grammar knowledge of students and their ability to apply the same in real life situations.

Incorporation of Disaster Management Concepts into Textbooks.

Content of Disaster Management have been incorporated into the Social science text books of std. 7th to 10th. These contents were reviewed as per the recommendations of the World Bank, by the Disaster Management Director of Yasatha, Pune educationists of the J.D. TATA Disaster Department, Save the Children an NGO, working on Disaster Management Awareness all over the country. The contents were classified based on the age appropriateness of students and the contents were recommended to be incorporated into the textbooks. The recommendations of the review team members were consolidated for implementation in the subsequent text book revisions.

Development of content on Disaster management

The concepts of the Disaster Management and relief Measures have been included in the subjects like Tamil, English, Geography in Std 11 and 12 and in Social Science subjects and D.El.Ed. Based on this, the teachers who are involved in the content development were given refresher training on Disaster management and content development during the workshop in November 2016 and the task is still continuing.

Moreover, the contents of Iron tablets, child rights and safety, Rainwater Harvesting, Cyber Safety have also been included in the textbooks.

National Achievement Survey (NAS)

A comparative analysis of the performance of National Achievement Survey reports of 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th classes reveals that the performance percentage of students at the elementary class is substantially more than the National Average. But the achievement of students in NAS is std. 8th and 10th is found to be less than the National Average. The students who are accustomed to answer only book back exercises are unable to answer to questions demanding analytical and inferential thinking skills. There is a need to enhance their skill of answering the questions which demand application and critical thinking. The students need to develop these skills. The students are unable to perform on par with students hailing from other parts of the country in the National Level Examinations, the CCE worksheets would pave the way to address this problem and herald welcome improvement in student performance in National Achievement surveys.

State Level Achievement Survey (SLAS)

The SLAS is undertaken to understand the achievement of students and the problems faced by the students at elementary stage in learning different subjects. State Council of Educational Research and Training provides resource support to SSA for conducting workshop to prepare the question papers with the help of Educationists at different levels. In the year of 2016-2017 SSA has undertaken the analysis of the achievement survey conducted for the classes 3rd, 5th, 8th with the co-operation of private organisation.

Based on the results of the analysis, the difficult areas and the areas in which students' performance was poor were identified subject-wise and remedial measures have been planned. Based on these findings, modules were prepared and need specific training programme were organized for the teachers.

Disaster Management Rehabilitation Scheme

SCERT in collaboration with Disaster Management Rehabilitation scheme of Revenue Department organised Disaster Management Awareness Training to 150 middle school teachers in the state during the month of September and October 2016. 4500 middle school teachers were benefitted by this programme.

Department of Labour Welfare

Labour Welfare Department is extending their full support in all the leading plans taken by the School Education Department. State Council of Educational Research and Training conducted a training programme on 'Career Guidance and Counselling at state level in Chennai. Using the Key Resource Persons, the training was imparted in a cascade mode in 1196 centres on 06.04.2017 and 07.04.2017. Many stalls installed by Labour Welfare Department showcased on various themes such as higher education and employment opportunities. This enabled students to access information on various available courses and avenues of opportunities for pursuing their choice of study and also getting job opportunities. Many handouts and brochures distributed from the stalls by the District Employment officials were very informative and useful for students for further pursuit of their study.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS)

Adolescents are highly prone to anemic problems and deficiency in nutrition. SCERT, in collaboration with UNICEF, organized WIFS programme covering all Government, Aided, Municipal, Middle, High and Higher Secondary schools. For effective implementation of WIFS-Scheme at the grass root level, all Headmasters and teachers were trained.

The Main objective of the programme is to develop healthy food habits and eliminate anemia from student community especially girl children. Iron Folic Acid tablets are being distributed to 6-12 standard students periodically to all above stated schools on every Thursday free of cost. De-worming tablets are also given free of cost to students once in every six months.

Service and Recognition

VISAKA Award

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has initiated the National cashless transaction campaign for students. With the help of student community, awareness on the increasing use of cashless transaction among common people was planned. The implementation of the programme envisioned to create 'Digital India' with the help of student community and higher education departments. Awareness on the increasing use of cashless transaction among common people was planned. At the national level, in India 4500 Institutions participated in this awareness drive. Student-volunteers have been used to sensitize 29 lakh people to adopt cashless transactions. In India, 20 institutions were selected for the special award for their services in their sensitization drive. Tamil Nadu state has won 5 prizes for the invaluable services involving students and educators.

The Director, SCERT, Chennai and the Principal DIET Oddanchathram were honoured with awards by the MHRD for their service of creating awareness on the use of cashless transaction among the whole sale and retail vendors of Gandhi fruit and vegetable market in Dindugal. (One of the largest markets in Asia)

National Service Scheme (NSS) Award

The NSS unit of DIET, Krishnagiri was honoured with the First Prize (National Youth Leadership Awards) by the Central Government, Rs. 30,000/-(DD) for the social services rendered beyond the stipulated time of 100 hrs.

The NSS unit of DIET, Oddanchathram was honoured with the second prize, awarded by Central Government Rs.25,000/- (DD) (National Youth Leadership Awards) for rendering their service beyond the stipulated time limit of 100 hrs.

Prizes for student winner

In order to create awareness among school students on Disaster Management, Oratorical, Essay Writing and Drawing competitions were conducted for VI-VIII, IX & X, XI & XII Std at school level, educational district level and state Level. These competitions did have a ripple effect and enhanced the understanding of disasters among 25 lakh students. The winners of each competition were felicitated with cash award and certificates. Hon'ble chief minister of Tamil Nadu presented the shields certificates and cash award to the state level winners on 01.04.2017 in a grand function held at SRM Higher Secondary School, Ambattur.

Kala Utsav

Kala Utsav is the initiative of the MHRD, Government of India to enable students to identify and appreciate traditional art forms of various locations all over the country. NCERT has developed guidelines for organizing Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts Competitions. The competitions were held at district level, state level and national level for the students of Std. IX to XII studying in Government and Government Aided Schools. SCERT organised orientation training to teachers in September 2016.

National Population Education Project (NPEP)

SCERT implements NCERT sponsored NPEP in Tamil Nadu. Under this programme, Role Play and Poster competitions are conducted for the students of Government High and Higher Secondary Schools in all districts across the State.

In the year 2016-17, 2 teachers from each of the Model Schools established in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBB) under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) have been given training on adolescence, adolescent behavioural problems and the ways and means of addressing them, gender and gender equality, census 2011, nutritional needs of adolescents, substance abuse etc. Besides, 40 teachers of Middle schools in Salem district were oriented to the NPEP themes. Three research studies have been undertaken to understand the level of knowledge and understanding of teachers at secondary level on adolescence, effectiveness of Role Play and Question Box activity in selected schools in the three districts and the stigma/support experienced by Human Immune Virus (HIV) infected students studying in Government schools. The DIET coordinators were oriented through advocacy meeting on NPEP.

Budget

An amount of Rs.63.97 crore has been allotted for the financial year 2017-18.

Conclusion

SCERT focuses on novel techniques such as the IRAT, training techniques, digitization of content, transforming lessons into 2D, 3D images and videos to support students with special needs in the classrooms and encourages teachers to offer quality education which can enthuse our students. With the support of technology SCERT strives to address the gaps in learning and help learners use various learning resources in addition to schools.