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Corporation schools to admit more differently abled children

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The Hindu              19.12.2013

Corporation schools to admit more differently abled children

Staff Reporter

Soon 10 corporation schools here will implement steps to admit more differently abled students.

The Avinashilingam University is among the eight institutions — four each in India, and the U.S. — to bag the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiate Project that aims at enhancing the opportunities to include children with disabilities in general education. ‘A Sustainable Response to Intervention (RTI) Model for Successful Inclusion of Children with Disabilities — A India-U.S. Partnership’ is worth Rs. 1.5 crore. The Department of Special Education of the four universities here will collaborate with the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, the U.S., for implementing the project.

Coimbatore Mayor S.M. Velusamy launched the project here on Tuesday.

Brian Abery, head of the project, addressed the participants through video chat, and explained how project was being implemented in the U.S. schools. He expressed the hope that the schools in Coimbatore would be able to effectively adapt the system.

Sheela Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor of the university and project director, said that the RTI was a systematic process to help teachers tailor their institution to students who needed intervention in four phases. The implementation would be done by a team with G. Victoria Naomi, Associate Professor, and Premavathy Vijayan, Head, Department of Special Education, as the coordinators. P. Santhana Krishnan, Director, Research and Consultancy, is the project consultant.

A questionnaire will be provided to representatives of corporation schools to get information about their institutions.

After which, 10 schools will be selected to imoplemetn the project.

After training, coordinators would, in turn, train the teachers of the selected schools. The schools will be monitored for three years.


Library in corporation school serves a perfect platform for kids

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The Times of India            13.11.2013 

Library in corporation school serves a perfect platform for kids

MADURAI: Stepping into the library of the Pandiyan Nedunchezhiyan Corporation Higher Secondary School in Madurai, one does not get the feeling of visiting a library situated inside a corporation school. Equipped with air conditioners, modern furniture, cushioned executive chairs, the library provides a perfect atmosphere for the children to kindle their reading habits. With only 466 books in 2009, the library now grown up leaps and bounds with more than 8,000 books in its collection. Thanks to the efforts of the librarian, K Kanagadurga, who joined in 2009 on a consolidated pay, the number of books not only increased, but it also imbibed reading habits among many students.

Philanthropists, who recently visited the library were taken aback by the maintenance were assured their contribution to the library to increase the books. A group of them had donated 1,032 books to the library. At a function organized in the library to felicitate the donors on Monday evening, V V Rajan Chellappa, mayor, Madurai Corporation took part. Speaking on the occasion, he said that people should take cue from the donors and give back to the society.

With two periods allocated for library for the 300-odd students in the school, the librarian is proud to say that 90% of the children are now fond of using the library books. Apart from the students belonging to the school, students from other schools in the surrounding areas are also benefited.

"When the book fair was held recently in Madurai, I thought of using the opportunity to equip the library with new books. I contacted some of the philanthropists. They were impressed when they visited the library and offered to contribute the books," Kanagadurga said.

The library has books covering most of the subjects required for the students. Interesting simple scientific facts' related books, history, biographies, autobiographies of eminent people are also available, she said.

"The most important thing is to attract the students to the library with simple books that are enjoyable to read. The books should be attractive so that children at least take and flip through them and discover the contents," she said.


Hands-on learning with tablets

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The Hindu            13.11.2013

Hands-on learning with tablets

Staff Reporter

Excited, the students move their hands, fingers and eyes to convey that they are learning better. Teachers R. Shanthi and S. Kalaiselvi translate the students’ sign language — they say that students with speech and hearing impairment at the Corporation’s special school in R.S. Puram are able to easily understand the chapter on angles.

As the students continue gesticulating the teachers say that the students have also seen how the French dressed during the French Revolution period.

This, the students did not get to know when they, the teachers, just crossed their fingers to convey something about war or revolution.

The students and teachers are talking about the tablet-based education system the Coimbatore Corporation has introduced with help from the American Indian Foundation and Dell under the Digital Equaliser Programme.

The Foundation’s Coordinator V. Alexander says that the students will use the tablets a day or two ahead of the day teachers start teaching a chapter or topic.

This self-paced learning will help the students have an idea of what the teacher will be teaching. In case of doubts, the students can revisit the lesson on the tablet or get them cleared by their classmates.

If the doubts still persist, the students can get it cleared from the teachers.

The lessons on the tablet will have slides, videos available on the Web and videos of teachers explaining topics using sign language. Mr. Alexander says that the Foundation and Dell have prepared videos for chapters or topics in Tamil, Maths, Science and Social Science.

The differently abled students do not study English and write only four papers in their Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination.

The Foundation has deployed resource persons at the school to upload videos, orient teachers and also students.


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