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Cotton Hill gets ‘smart' classrooms

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Each class has a laptop, a multimedia projector and a screen

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: “Smart” classrooms are set to help students benefit from IT-enabled education at Government Girls' Higher Secondary School, Cotton Hill.

Sixteen classrooms — one in upper primary, 10 in high school and five in higher secondary sections — in the school have been so far converted with multimedia and computer facilities.

Education Minister M.A. Baby will launch the initiative of the Parent-Teacher Association on Tuesday.

“This is probably the first such initiative in the government school sector in the State,” PTA vice-president Ashok Kumar said.

Every “smart” classroom has a laptop, a multimedia projector and a screen provided by Keltron. Teachers will make use of syllabus-based modules prepared by IT@School Project and multimedia resources developed by reputable agencies for teaching in such as classrooms.

While high-school teachers have been trained by IT@School in IT-enabled teaching techniques, those of the higher secondary section are now undergoing training at the school.

The venture is expected to encourage students to participate better in the learning process.

“The idea is to enhance the teaching and learning experience through audio, video, 3D animation, graphics and pictures. We will soon get Internet connection in each of these classrooms to enable live video streaming and use of online resources. The speciality is that all the resources will be based on free software,” Alice Skariah, teacher, said.

“To accommodate and enhance the experience of using the multimedia facilities, each of these smart classrooms has also been revamped by COSTFORD. The project, which cost around Rs.7.5 lakh, has been entirely funded by the PTA,” S. Mini, Principal of the higher secondary school, said.

The school already has six computer labs with 65 systems and a language lab.

Newly constructed girl-friendly toilets, a dining hall and computer lab buildings of the upper primary section will also be inaugurated at the function.

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