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ICT at School
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The National Policy on ICT in School Education has set the goal of preparing youth to participate creatively in the establishment, sustenance and growth of a knowledge society leading to all round socio-economic development of the nation and to be geared for global competitiveness.

The National Curriculum Framework which guides the teaching-learning effort in schools cautions that technology used as a mere medium to disseminate information tends to bypass the teacher. It expresses a firm belief that teachers and children must be treated not merely as consumers but also as active producers. It is the two-way interactivity rather than one-way reception that would make the technology educational.

The present curricula for ICT in education is a step towards realizing the goals of both the National Policy and the National Curriculum Framework. It has factored in the rapid evolution of technologies and the ground realities of Indian school systems. For the teacher, it is an initiation into exploring educational possibilities of technology, learning to make the right choices of hardware, software and ICT interactions, and more importantly, growing to become a critical user of ICT. For the student, it is an initiation into creativity, problem solving, and an introduction to the world of information and communication technologies which could also shape career pursuits.

ICT distinguish themselves from other technologies by their rapid evolution, defeating attempts to define a curriculum which can serve the schools for a while. Keeping up with the changes require constant upgradation and at times, unavoidable replacements, which makes it an expensive proposition. Given the dynamic nature of the field, the curricula, emphasising the core educational purposes, is generic by design and focusses on a broad exposure to technologies aimed at enhancing the creativity and imagination of the learners.