ICT for Education - NCERT


Panorama view of ICT Curriculum Development Work @ CIET- NCERT Delhi


ICT for School system, An curriculum for ICT for education by NCERT, India

ICT for School System, A Curriculum for ICT in Education - NCERT under the guidance of Joint Director Dr. Rajaram Sharma NCERT, Advisory group including Dr. M U Paily, Associate Professor, Regional Institute of Education, NCERT,Mysore and Members including Mr Suryaveer Singh, PGT Geography, S.D.Public School, Pitampura, Delhi will be launched on 13-14 Aug. 2013 at Delhi.


Class XI-B2: Smart Class Activity for Geography Students Class ...

Class XI-B2: Smart Class Activity for Geography Students Class ...: .During last week (17 - 20 July, 2013) the Geography students of Class XI-B2 and XI-A2 took part in the Smart Class Activity on Chapter 'Landforms and their Evolution'. They explored the different landforms, their characteristic features, change brought on them by Geomorphic Agents. 

This activity was for those students who do not have internet connectivity at home. This e-lesson was created using open source free tool. This e-course material has animations, images, panorama views, online articles, audio, inter-activities  quizzes, close activities, multiple choice question for self assessing, assignments, and summaries through mind maps. This e-course material has helped me in delivering the most time consuming chapter in one go. 

Self Reflection for students.

1. What was your favourite topic of this lesson?
2. How would you describe the learning you achieved through this lesson?

Tell me about the two reflections through comments.


A New Blogging Adventure Begins!

Mr. Suryaveer ‘ICT class’ is back in action for another exciting year of learning and blogging together.

We will get more things done as a team!

Our school ( http://sdpublicschool.blogspot.in ) has blogs for every class and section, subjects such as science, mathematics, English, social science as well as all skill classes such as art and craft, dance, sports, music, instrumental music etc. On our blog we will share lots of the amazing things we are learning together. Families, friends, and other students can follow along with our adventures and leave comments or ask us questions.

We will have pictures, articles, drawings, and videos of our learning on this blog. To stay up to date on what we are doing, you can subscribe to the blogs. This has been started for a few days and is still getting time to create and share with each other. Please leave a comment to help us in the adventure. You can answer one of the questions below, or just tell us a little bit about yourself.

·         What good activity did you find in our class blogs?

·         What has been your favourite blog so far?

·         What are you looking forward in our class blogs?


Alice - 3D Educational Software

Alice invigorate the teaching learning experience at schools. Both these softwares are free, open source and developed at highly ranked research universities.


is a 3D educational software developed at Carnegie Melon University with the support from Oracle. This software is used by schools to teach animation and create simple educational games. By dragging and dropping graphic tiles containing standard programming statements, students develop programs that animate 3D objects that populate a virtual world. In the process, they sharpen their logical thinking and problem solving techniques. They also grasp basic object oriented programming terminology and concepts such as procedure definition, algorithms, functions and conditional statements.

It enables a new way to think and learn by populating virtual worlds intelligently, breaking problem statements into small tasks, and drawing up algorithmic expressions which help in problem solving.



Wiki In Education

Here is the presentation.

Special credits to Zaid from where I keeps on getting ideas.

Wiki in Education

Before books, oral history and communication was the only source of information. Later Books, media, radio became the source of ideas. Now internet provides live interactive collaboration. Wikis have emerged as a great tool to learn to collaborate. It’s an easy and effective collaboration tool.

What is a wiki?
"Wiki" (English pronunciation: /wi:ki:/) is a Hawaiian word for "fast". Wiki is a web site that is fully editable from any web browser, by anyone without any technical computing knowledge or tools. All one need is a computer with an Internet connection. It is not a product on one person, but of many. A wiki enables documents to be written collaboratively.
According to Wikipedia –

"A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages,… Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking"

Ward Cunningham described the essence of the Wiki concept as follows:

"A wiki invites all users to edit any page or to create new pages within the wiki Web site, using only a plain-vanilla Web browser without any extra add-ons. Wiki promotes meaningful topic associations between different pages by making page link creation almost intuitively easy and showing whether an intended target page exists or not. A wiki is not a carefully crafted site for casual visitors. Instead, it seeks to involve the visitor in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the Web site landscape"

What is the difference between a wiki and a blog?

  • A blog, or web log, shares writing and multimedia content in the form of “posts” and “comments” where no one is able to change a comment or post made by another. For this reason, blogs are often used to express individual opinions. A wiki has a far more open structure and allows others to change what one person has written. This feature enables group consensus to build over individual opinion.
  • Adam F. of wikispaces states that "a blog is like a journal. It's great if you want to have an ongoing dialogue or discussion… about any topic. A wiki, however, is more about evolving the same content over time. Blogs are about communicating, wikis are about getting work done, or working together"
  • Wikis are best for group collaboration and research. Wiki pages can easily link to each other. When you create new wiki pages, they are instantly available for searching and for other pages to link to.

Benefits of wiki:

  • As Cooperative and Collaborative tool it engages learners with each other through discussion and sharing of information. This leads to positive interdependence of group members, individual accountability, peer interaction and group work.
  • As Constructivist tool it allows learners to actively create and construct their own knowledge through interaction and manipulation with learning material and seeing the outcomes of their manipulation.
  • As Discussion tool it can initiate threaded discussions on the project topic which provide students to articulate their learning.
  • Monitoring: User or community can monitor the changes occurring on pages which develop skills of seeking assistance, negotiating problems and arriving at solutions.
  • Asynchronous communication enhances peer interaction and distribution of learning experiences.
  • As a writing assignment tool it maximizes reflection, reviewing, observing results.
  • Wiki is an effective tool in project planning and documentation.
Wiki Service Poviders:
Wikispaces: http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers
PBworks: http://pbworks.com/academic.wiki
Wetpaint: http://wikisineducation.wetpaint.com/

· How do I plan to use the wiki in my teaching-learning processes?
· Which wiki service provider is best suitable for my kind of settings?
· What constraints I may encounter while using wiki?
· Vandalism vs Editing: How do I check vandalism by someone in the class wiki?
· Which pedagogical approach does wiki offer for your classroom?
· How different is editing a wiki page and a document?
· What theme did you choose and why did you think that theme is appropriate for your classroom settings?
· Do you think that there is risk associated with distributing mass user IDs and passwords without creating awareness in the students?
· Do you think it is essential to show the tutorial to the students also?
· What makes a wiki important in education – its design or the ease of navigation for collaboration?
· Do you know there may be various ways to collaborate in a wiki?
· Do you agree that a wiki could be used for collaboration for any subject at all grade levels?
· In what other ways collaboration could take place in your classroom settings?
· Is grouping essential for wiki collaboration or individual collaboration can also be a good alternative?
· Do you agree that collaboration can only be successful if questions and answer method is adopted?
· Can wiki be thrown open to all students and let them write and design the wiki pages of their own? What could be possible scenario that may evolve?
· How do you think collaborating with students of different cultures could be a learning experience for your students?
· Some schools may be in time zone which is opposite to yours. How do you plan to collaborate with students of such schools?
· Do you think that English comprehension is that important when collaborating with international schools or still it’s possible to collaborate under your supervision?
· How do you plan to overcome the problem of language?


Blogging Techniques in Classroom

Flash Slide show maker

I have used a number of web based tools to their potential in teaching-learning practices. All these are free or open source tools.

Flash Slideshow Maker

I can tell you that it is very easy tool to make slideshow than it look otherwise.
ANVSOFT Flash Slide Show Maker is a Flash album creator to make animated photo slide shows with SWF file as the output format. It transforms digital photo collection to Macromedia Flash file format (SWF) which you can share pictures with your students on your own homepage or website. With ANVSOFT Flash Slide Show Maker, one can easily turn a folder full of still images into a stunning Flash slide show with background music and special transition effects. This Flash slide show software allows you to add nice looking animated slide shows to your website in no time! It is a nice tool to share slides/photos with students.
After you have finished making slideshow you can configure your output settings, you can publish your slideshow at once. You can make your slideshow into a CD/VCD or upload it to SkyAlbum (free web hosting). You can even export it as swf movie.
I have created slideshow through this tool and hosted it on SkyAlbum for free and then embedded it in my blog. It is easier than the online tools such as slide.com and slideshare.com. You can watch this at:- http://mygeographylearning.blogspot.com/

Concept Teaching

What is a concept?
Concepts are categories into which experiences are organized and the larger network of intellectual relationships brought about through categorization. It requires some level of critical thinking in order to make associations between words and ideas.

How to go about building concepts?

Recently during my IX class geography period I came across one response form a student. I asked the class to name two island groups of India. Many hand went up but I choose to be selective and asked the answer from the one who was sitting in the last.
He replied Goa!

Then only I took up the concept of Island for remaining 20 to 25 minutes.

I generated pairs of examples and non-examples that exhibit some of the major defining characteristics or attributes of Islands.
For example. I displayed following examples and non-examples on the blackboard.
Examples: Lakshadweep, Andaman Nicobar, Srilanka, Mauritius, Maldives and Havaii
Non-examples: Hyderabad, Delhi, Goa, China, Amritsar and Agra.
I told each student to locate the places given under examples and non-examples in their atlas.
As the students started thinking about each example and non-example I asked them to define what it is that makes the two lists different.
I allowed students to provide additional examples and non-examples for bringing in more celerity in defining characteristics.
Then I asked students to revise their list of characteristics of the concept. Students observed that “Island is a land mass, it is covered with water on all sides, the water body could be sea or fresh water”.
At the end I asked students to write a description of the concept that includes all the key or defining characteristics.
The same student who gave Goa the answer wrote “Island is a landmass surrounded by water on all sides. The water body could be sea or fresh water.”

This is one way of building the concept in the minds of the students.

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