Technology has become an increasingly influential factor in education today. Computers and mobile phones are used in developed countries for improvement in education practice and to develop new ways of learning. Technology provides powerful learning tools and provides new ways to engage students in the schools. Computer Aided Learning (CAL) Programme in elementary schools has been introduced with the aim to develop the learning capacity of the students and increase the teaching productivity and effectiveness of instructors with the help of advance Computer based Technology. With the normal teaching method, students would feel uninteresting and easily forget what teachers have taught. This system adopts the newest Computer Technology, illustrating with the attractive pictures & animations, playing with music & voice. The students will feel happy & willing to study consciously. Besides, the students would also be proud to show others that they are able to use Computer. Computer Aided Learning in Upper Primary Schools does not aim at teaching intricacies and technicality of computers. It aims at providing joyful, interactive and interesting ways of learning, through illustrations, examples and interactive tools particularly designed to emphasize on the HARDSPOTS of the regular curriculum.
- To make learning effective and interesting.
- To generate supplementary materials in digitized from with the help of graphics, animation, voice etc.
- To bring back the Out of school children who are unable to complete Upper Primary education in difficult areas.
- To improve retention rate and quality of education.
- To empower the teachers.
- To prepare the children to welcome & face the future with smile & confidence.
- CAL Programme is now operational in 2645 Upper Primary Schools of Orissa having required infrastructures like regular electricity connection, security & more than 100 students in classes V to VII/VIII with more than 04 teachers including Head Master.
- 600 schools were taken up under CAL Programme in 2004-05 on BOOT Model, which is over since September 2009 and thereafter these schools are directly managed by the DPOs. 900 schools were taken up in 2008-09 with direct procurement of HW/SW and Lab preparation by DPOs. 10 schools of Cuttack district are included to this programme during 2009-10 where implementation is done through Odisha Computer Application Center (OCAC) the nodal agency for IT Department, Govt. of Odisha. During 2010-11, more 93 schools of selected districts are taken up in this programme and 1042 Schools are further taken-up during 2012-13 on outright purchase of HW/SW. All these schools are under direct control of the School Management Committee (SMC) and supported by SSA.
- CAL Programme is in the process of expansion to 400 UP schools and will be made functional soon.
- Priority has been given to cover all the KGBVs under the CAL Programme. Eligible Upper Primary Schools in Tribal Sub Plan areas and of SC & ST Development Department are also included under CAL Programme.
- I nitially all Schools were provided 03 Computers & 01 Printer to start the programme and in subsequent years, the no. of Computers has been expanded to 05/06 per school as per need and available fund under SSA budget for the districts.
- Old and obsolete computers supplied to Phase-I schools through BOOT agencies during 2004-15 are become obsolete and replaced with new computers during 2010-11.
- During 2012-13, in 1042 Schools a lower cost model of one Workstation with 6 additional nodes with N-computing cards has been set-up to facilitate more students to use CAL programme.
- The Computer lab is prepared in each school with required electrification, earthing, furniture & servo stabilizers.
- All the available Computers and Peripherals are covered under warranty or AMC and insurance against fire, theft, earthquake & burglary through National Insurance Company ltd.
- The computers are used as standalone machines with SUSE Linux Software and facilitate 03-05 Students per computer at a time for learning purpose.