The academic is just about to start in Government Schools in Karnataka. We were in touch with the Department of Education to gain permission to conduct training using technology. We had two challenges in terms of launching the Teacher Impact Project as proposed. One, we found it difficult to identify a viable technology platform to deliver training. Most of the platforms we identified were hardware intense and therefore required huge investment. Two, when we identified a platform, we did not get the required permission from the government to go ahead with the same. However, we have permission from the government to do the project face to face at two locations. We have identified Yadgiri and Haveri in North Karnataka to deliver the programme. Currently we are initiating a baseline study in these two regions to understand the quality of teaching learning in schools. 120 teachers (60 from each location) will participate in the project. Apart from delivering the proposed set of workshops, TTF will also provide teachers two rounds of one on one support, after observing them in classrooms. Both the baseline study and one-on-one support given to teachers will be compared, using a classroom observation checklist that allows TTF to understand the quality of teaching. This will help us understand the impact of the project.
We are gearing up to launch the project. We are focusing on reaching out to 100 teachers in Yadgiri and Haveri through this project. Yadgiri and Haveri are, as you know, two economically backward districts in North East karnataka. There has been unfortunate delays in terms of getting permission from the government and identifying a technology platform that works without major investments in hardware. This month we have identified a platform that works on open source operating systems and requires minimum hardware support. We are also in the process of finalizing the schedule with the education department. We will keep you posted once we finalize the schedule for the project.
The Teacher Foundation's efforts with the State Government is on to gain permission to conduct the training for 100-120 teachers in Yadgiri and Haveri using the technology platform. Since there is a delay in getting the permission, our team is in direct touch with the officials at the District Level for the training schedule. We are finalising our association with the technology platform to use their platform for training teachers in the selected districts.
All the modules required for training four batches of teachers of Yadgiri and Haveri are ready. These modules were customised to suit the technology platform.
We identified Yadgiri and Haveri as two locations to start the Teacher Impact Project. We will train 100-120 teachers, from these locations. To start with we will do the training simultaneously at four centers, using technology. Talks are on with the Government to finalize these two locations and commence the training as a pilot. This is to ensure that we get the government buy in for the major part of the project.
As the technology service provider we initially identified did not work out, we had to go through the process of identifying a new technology platform. We now have Elucido, a similar synchronous platform, who is willing to provide us support to deliver the training.
The Teacher Foundation is in the process of identifying a new technology platform provider as the discussion between the previous provider and the Department of Education did not lead to installation of the platform. Currently, we are looking at a synchronous education technology platform that is not very hardware intensive so that it can be made easily available in schools. Once the Technology platform is finalised we are ready to roll out the project in Government Schools across Karnataka during the academic year 2015-16. The project focuses on enhancing teaching skills of Government teachers in Karnataka. We are trying to scale the reach using synchronous technology platform.
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