NCERT Current Affairs
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has initiated process of introducing QR code (Quick Response code) in their textbooks. It is aimed at helping students understand chapters better by watching film or reading additional content on laptops and digital boards.
For this enhanced learning feature, NCERT has started process of identifying relevant supplementary material including videos, power point presentations animations, maps and e-content. These will be mapped with content of each textbook from class 1 to 12 and will be linked with QR code, which will be printed in the textbooks. The QR code laden textbooks are likely to be introduced from the 2019 academic.
QR code (Quick Response code)
QR Code is a two-dimensional (matrix) machine-readable bar code consisting of an array of black and white squares, used for storing web-links or other information. This code can be read by camera of smartphone. It is used for storing URLs or other information that link directly to text, emails websites phone numbers. It is capable of 360 degrees (omni-directional), high speed reading. It can store up to 7089 digits as compared to conventional bar codes which can store max 20 digits. It encodes same amount of data in one-tenth the space of a traditional bar code. It carries information both horizontally and vertically. It has error correction capability and data stored in it can be restored even if it is partially damaged or dirty.
The UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund) launched Data Visualisation App to provide user-friendly visual representation of complex analytics of education scenario in India. It was developed with technical inputs from the UNICEF, in collaboration with National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and National Institute of Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA).
The app uses UDISE (Unified District Information System for Education), NAS (National Assessment survey) and demographic data. It can be used as visual tool by policy makers, academia, senior government officials, and researchers to address gaps and monitor programs in field of education.
Shiksha Mela Education Open Day
UNICEF India in partnership with Ministry of Human Resource Development organised Shiksha Mela Education Open Day to demonstrate case stories showcasing holistic and equitable quality education achieved through convergent programming across 17 states.