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Community of Practice for teacher-educators

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ITfC has been working with teacher-educators from DIETs and CTEs (Colleges of Teacher Education) in Karnataka, over the last few years, to build a 'community of practice' for teacher educators. This 'Community of Practice for teacher-educators' (COP TE) is being build in collaboration with DSERT with support from CEMCA. Through capacity building workshops, ITfC has helped teacher to to integrate ICTs for their professional development as well as teacher education activities.

During 2012-13 and 2013-14, the training focused on basic ICT Literacy and building of personal digital libraries, including in the other South Indian states were also invited to participate, and Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh deputed SCERT and DIET faculty for these workshops.

The workshops focused on the use of ICTs for teacher educator professional development, ranging from building basic ICT skills to participating in the COP platform for teacher educators, including access to web resources and networking through mailing groups. Educational tools such as Geogebra, Audacity, PhET, Marble, KGeography, Kalzium, and Freemind, video creating tool Record My Desktop, image editing tool GIMP were covered. Participants also learnt and practised use of web tools such as search, maps, translate, books, videos on Youtube, digital albums etc. Participants also browsed the KOER wiki portal maintained by the teachers COPs, made teams, each of which choose a topic to build 'personal digital resource libraries' by gathering digital resources in text, image, video formats from the Internet, and adding their own annotations/ comments. The participants realised that digital processes are much more dynamic and hence there would not be a 'final' resource, since these would forever undergo revision and enrichment, this is the spirit of OER (whose '4 Rs are Reuse, Revise, Remix and Re-distribute).

ITfC participated in the "ICT integrated Teacher Education at Department of Education, Allahabad University and covered the topic “Importance of Community of Practice for Teacher Educators", both from concept as well as as practice aspects, over video-conference. The course had 30 participants from select DIETs across Uttar Pradesh, who were quite excited to learn about public educational applications ranging from subject tools such as Geogebra or Marble, to collaboration tools like Mediawiki.

During 2014-15, DSERT is implementing the curriculum revision for the second year of the DEd. Programme, which includes a paper on 'ICT Mediation in teaching-learning', as a part of teacher studies. ITfC has written the teacher hand-book and also the student source book for this course. DSERT wants to train DIET faculty to transact this paper and has asked ITfC to train DIET PSTE faculty. This will help teacher-educators, who work in 'pre-service teacher-education' to participate in the COP.