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For the best use of technology

Intel has trained over 16,900 teachers

Intel India, along with the Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT), Government of Karnataka, has honoured teachers, students and schools trained in the State through Intel Teach, a worldwide programme designed to improve teaching and learning through effective integration of computer technology in classroom curricula.

DSERT, with support from Intel, recently conducted the third annual edition of the State-level competition on the best use of technology in education, and received over 450 entries from government schools.

The `Technology in Education Awards' recognise and reward teachers, students and schools who have successfully and innovatively integrated technology in education.

This year, 14 outstanding teachers, 14 student groups and 7 schools have been selected as winners. The awards are spread over 13 districts. Shelly Esque, Worldwide Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel USA, said, "Education is one of the key pillars of Intel's World Ahead Programme (WAP), which aims to enhance lives by accelerating access to uncompromised technology for everyone, anywhere in the world. Intel Teach programme plays a very active role in helping Intel realise its education goals for India. This year over 40 per cent of the entries came from rural Karnataka. With continued support from the State Government, Intel can make digital education a reality throughout the State."

Refresher courses

In collaboration with DSERT, Intel has successfully completed professional development training for over 16,900 teachers on the effective use of technology in the teaching process. Intel, in association with the Education Department, regularly conducts refresher courses, enhancement workshops, technology workshops, and seminars to sustain and promote ICT integration in government schools.

Basavaraj S. Horatti, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, said "the Intel Teach programme is not only empowering our teachers to use technology, but is also actively promoting developing of critical thinking and important skills among students by adopting innovative methods such as project-based and inquiry-based learning.

The awards include Rs. 5,000 each for teachers and Rs.10,000 each for schools, and an education CD kit for students along with a joint citation from Intel Teach programme and DSERT.

Intel Teach is part of the Intel Education initiative, which is focused on collaborating with educators around the world to improve the quality of science and mathematics education and to help students develop higher- level thinking skills they need to participate and succeed in a knowledge-based economy.

For more information, visit www.intel.com/education

PRAMILA R.

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