CD Mart Campaign to popularise E – learning Tools

There is good response to CD Mart’s initiatives to popularise e – learning tools among school students in the Kannur district.

CD Mart, which functions under the State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET), started at Iritty here, had launched various activities ahead of its formal inauguration.

Efforts are under way to start district – level stores as part of expanding the functioning of SIET. The mart will make available educational materials, including CDs, which are now available at the SIET headquarters in the State capital.

Good Response

CD Mart Manager T. Prasad said a school – level campaign to popularise the use of new computer – based information dissemination tools had been evoking a good response.

The campaign had covered 40 per cent of schools in the district. Students and teachers had testified to the capability of new media in education, he said.

The CDs would be distributed to schools and students at a subsidised rate. Initially, 75 per cent subsidy was being given, Mr. Prasad said adding that facilitators would be asked to supply the CDs locally.

School parent – teacher associations (PTA) are also being involved in the campaign to popularise e – learning tools, he said.

Important Role

The CD Mart will play a leading role in the coming years as e – learning tools are expected to replace conventional devices. Educational CDs required for students from pre – primary to Plus Two levels had been released by the SIET.

It had also released CDs on physical education, personality development, and medical and engineering entrance examinations.

Traditional classrooms are expected to be phased out by smart classrooms, SIET sources said.

Mr. Prasad said more intervention was required to make e – learning tools popular with the involvement of local bodies, Kudumbasree units, literacy workers, ‘anganwadi’ workers, PTAs and teachers’ unions.

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