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Goa gets first set of ‘Energised’ textbooks



Taking the state education to the virtual level, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday launched Goa’s first set of ‘Energised’ textbooks, which will allow the school students access their lessons by way of quick response code (QR Code).

Sawant, who also holds the education portfolio, in the presence of the Secretary for Education Nila Mohanan released textbooks of ‘Environmental Studies: Looking Around’ (part I and part II) for class V and textbooks of ‘Mathematics’ (part I and part II) for class VI.

It is also proposed to introduce ‘energised’ textbooks for class III and class IV, from the next academic year 2020-21. The QR-coded textbooks would eventually be introduced for all subjects, for classes from class I to class VIII, as per a decision taken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The core content in these textbooks has been provided by the experts at the national level, with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) bringing out the same.

The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has brought out the Goa edition of these NCERT textbooks by incorporating the local specific content, so that the learners would feel familiar with the books.

The ‘energised’ textbooks form the initiative of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, which has launched DIKSHA (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing) to co-ordinate the particular effort at the national level. The students can access curated content of every chapter in the digital textbooks by downloading DIKSHA app, and then using QR Code printed near every lesson on the textbook page. QR codes consist of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing web links, or other information for reading, with the help of a smartphone camera. When the QR code is scanned on a mobile phone using the Diksha app, it directs the students to audio-visual explanations of the lessons, which makes understanding easier.

The content will be interactive audio-visual, besides assessments and illustrations aligned to school syllabus, thus making learning interesting and effective, for students as well as teachers.  

Furthermore, these textbooks includes features like interesting tit-bit in boxes, information about puppet play, games, riddles, quizzes and so on.

Goa also became the first state to launch the DIKSHA Content Creation Competition, which was held by the department of education in March 2019. The winners of this contest, who created local content, were felicitated by the Chief Minister on the occasion.

Many states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have already introduced QR-coded text books, in the recent past.

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