A Professional Learning Community Approach for Teacher Development and OER creation - A toolkit/Preface
The toolkit has been developed by IT for Change, an organization working with teachers and school systems on meaningful ICT integration, to support the aims of education. This toolkit is aimed at senior education officials to help them consider and plan for a similar program, adapting it to local context, needs and priorities. It is also for teacher educators and teachers, to support them to participate in the design and implementation of similar programs. Curriculum experts can use the toolkit for exploring digitally enabled participatory approaches to curriculum design and material development. Researchers can study the implementation of the tool-kit and provide evidenced-based inputs for improvement.
The toolkit is available in an on-line edition in the form of a “Wiki book”. The Wiki book edition can also be shared off-line on a DVD, which can enable user to read the digital version without internet connectivity. Along with the tool-kit, a custom software distribution which contains the FOSS desktop tools discussed in the tool-kit is shared on-line.
Technical support - Rakesh B., Technology Associate and Yogesh K.S., Technology Associate
Editing support and Graphics - Yatti Soni, Communications Associate
©2017 IT for Change. Except where otherwise noted, 'A Professional Learning Community Approach for Teacher Development and OER creation - A toolkit' is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY SA 4.0) License. The custom software distribution is released under the General Public License (GPL). The CC BY SA license enables you to make copies of the tool-kit with or without modifications and distribute it for profit or without profit. The GPL license enables you to make copies of the software applications with or without modifications. Modifications if any, to the tool-kit or the software, can be re-distributed only on the same terms.
Images and videos : All images and videos used in this toolkit, unless otherwise specified have been created by the author. Some of these are screen shots of the FOSS applications discussed in the toolkit, others are from workshops conducted by IT for Change with teachers from government schools in Karnataka and Telangana.
The development of this toolkit was carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada, as a part of the Research on OER for Development (ROER4D) research program.
The experiences from the Subject Teacher Forum program of Karnataka and Telangana informed the development of this toolkit. Acknowledgement is due to the education departments in both states, which invited ITfC to partner them in designing and implementing the program. ITfC's participation in the Subject Teacher Forum program in these two states was supported by CEMCA, Kotak Mahindra Bank CSR and UNICEF.
The experiences from Karnataka Open Educational Resources program and the Telangana Repository of Open Educational Resources also informed the development of this toolkit. ITfC's participation in these programs was supported by CEMCA, Central Square Foundation, Kotak Mahindra Bank CSR and UNICEF.
ITfC is currently being supported by Kotak Mahindra Bank CSR in designing and implementing PLC-OER models across a few states in India.
'A Professional Learning Community Approach for Teacher Development and OER creation - A toolkit' is licensed under CC BY 4.0 license