Staff Reporter

SALEM: In a bid to equip the teachers of government high and higher secondary schools with skills to use Information and Communication technology in the teaching and learning process, the Department of Education has commenced a five-day residential training programme under the Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan project here on Monday.

Apart from teaching the basics of computer, officials will use a Linux based Live DVD which has a collection of learning tools and educational games that will help teachers learn how to use the ICT for joyful learning.

The games and learning tools in the DVD will enable students to learn a number of basic concepts in subjects like mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Students will find the ICT tools very interesting as many of them will look like video games. Teachers will be given hands on training on using the DVD and the ICT tools to create interest among students on learning, officials said. Starting from tools that teach the keyboard and mouse operations, the DVD has maths puzzles, sudoku, chess, games based on logic and reasoning.

Another feature of the DVD is that it has a bootable operating system (Linux), which does not depend on the hard disk for running.

Participants of the programme will also be taught on using word processors, spread sheets, presentations, image manipulation, computer based drawing and painting. The use of Internet for gathering information on various subjects would also be taught. Teachers will be encouraged to utilise these tools in day-to-day teaching.

This will equip the students with basic computer skills, which are very important to survive in today’s world, education officials said.

Over 300 teachers from various schools are participating in the training programme. Assistant District Project Co-ordinator Ranganathan inaugurated the programme.