“Using ICT for Inclusive Education in India”

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WORKSHOP SUMMARY REPORT Title of the workshop: “Using ICT for Inclusive Education in India” Workshop facilitator: Pramila Balasundaram,< lila.bala@gmail.com> Sumathi Morgan, sumathi.morgan@yahoo.com M Kumar, <mkumar@cdac.in> Smita Hopper smitahopper@hotmail.com                                                                                        Workshop presenter: Mr. Kartik Sankar, Samadhan Ms. Amita Tandon, Education Specialist, UNICEF,New Delhi Topic – Universal Design and Accessibility Mr.M.kumar, Senior Technical Officer-DAC Topic –ICT and Mobile Technologies for Inclusive Education. Prof. Sudesh Mukhopadhyay, Chairperson, Rehabilitation Council of India Topic – RCI perspective – ICT for Inclusion. Prof. Amitav Mishra, Director, School of Special Education, IGNOU Topic – Inclusive Education –Overview. Objectives of workshop: ·        Information services for the underserved especially, the poor and backward. ·        Use of ICT in teaching and assessment methodology in an inclusive education setup. ·        Strengthening first level service providers working at the grassroots level to discharge services more effectively. ·        Use of assistive technology, web accessibility, mobile accessibility for the handicapped. ·        Educating the end user on various issues and enabling the use of ICT as the means of information services availability/accessibility to the common man. ·        Use of web based tools to assist special teacher in assessment of intellectually challenged children. ·        Platform that facilitates crowd sourcing of information and knowledge resources. ·        Use local languages to the extent possible for content delivery.   Day – 1(Feb23, 2015) Power point presentation by Awanish K. Awasthi, IAS (Joint secretary,jsda-msje@nic.in) A brief about the new law of disability in Rajya sabha. Shared disability data of India. Discussed various issues such as pension for disable person, issues with disability certificate, how to get disability certificate. Also described UD ID card plan, shared data regarding distribution of touch screen computer, tablets etc. for educational purposes. Mr. Kartik Shankar,Samadhan talked about the use of information and communication technologies, public domain, limitations of desk analysis, information filters comparing main stream school with ICT and special schools, e-learning content etc. Challenges /gaps in using ICT in schools, spoke about cloud technology, mobile learning, touch screens for CP children. ICT to facilitate learning for all including learners for disability. Barrier free ICT implementation in schools.  Ms. Amita Tandon, UNICEF described universal design and accessibility of technology. She emphasized that the content should be of a universal fit for all  such as a universal design e book having sign language , a reading screen & audio and could also be printed in Braille to satisfy other students needs as well as cater to different learning styles to reap the benefits. She suggested implementing the idea internationally & also spoke of community based services. Mr. M Kumar, Senior Technical Officer, C-DAC:  He spoke about ICT and mobile technology for inclusive education. He described use of mobiles as an ICT tool in an inclusive education setup and listed the advantages such as: Voice recognition, screen reader, digital pens for notes, OCR to read text, speech synthesizer. He also talked about mobile apps which C DAC has developed for SSA (Education for all) wherein a student can log in and search for the content in the mobile network. This software has M-streaming(VOD), M-reference offline. Ms. Surekha, Senior Project Engineer, C-DAC:  She discussed about ICT children having intellectual disability. She described her developed tool “e- saadhya” such as its usage, features etc.                Day – 2 (Feb 24, 2015) Presentation by representatives of Step By Step School, Noida Representatives of Step By Step school gave a presentation on the use of ICT for special needs students implemented in their secondary and primary school wings. Mr. George Abraham, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), SCORE Foundation, and New Delhi:  He discussed the importance of ICT for the visually handicapped. Using own life examples he spoke about mobile technology, described project I-Way for blind.  He also stressed about web and mobile accessibility for the visually impaired. Mr. Gaurav Takkar, Senior Research Scientist, Media Lab Asia:  He spoke about his tool “Punarjjani” – a web based tool to assist special education teachers in assessment of mentally challenged children This tool stores various assessment tools such as FACP, BASIC-MR and GLAD. It also contains 3000+ lesson plans with features such as adding your plan; make IEP’s, store case studies and other therapy reports. It can also give graphical presentation of each child performance. It has an inbuilt interactive teaching software. Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Director and National Association of the Deaf: Mr. Narayanan spoke about how ICT can be helpful in teaching speech and hearing impaired children. Session end with Q&A, feedback from participants and concluding remarks. For most people technology make things easier, for persons with disability technology make things possible.