Kerala General Education Minister Launches New Interactive Tool for Digital Studies
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala’s Minister of General Education, V. Sivankutty, on Saturday launched the ‘KITE Board’ app, a versatile, device-independent interactive tool based on FOSS that would make it easy for teachers to use it hassle-free high-tech equipment in classrooms.
Sivankutty said that the KITE Board is the latest contribution from the state which has already created a digital revolution using only open source software in the education sector and the new addition will contribute to creating a new learning environment. entertaining learning in classrooms.
The KITE Board also makes it easy to store teacher-written blackboard content in PDF format, a feature that would also benefit students who are unable to attend a class.
It also allows the recording of activities performed in the Board using screen recording.
Classroom activities such as science experiments can be captured using the laptop’s built-in camera which can then be viewed via the KITE Board.
K. Anvar Sadath, CEO of KITE, said that they have made the necessary arrangements to ensure the availability of the KITE Board application on all school laptops as a simple upgrade similar to the deployment of the E- LanguageLab.
The new application would be introduced to all school IT coordinators during the “Techie Teacher” residential IT training to be held in October.
The ‘KITE Board’, developed by Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE), is a free software (FOSS) based application that does not require any specific hardware like the expensive interactive boards that are available in the market and can be simply used as part of KITE/GNU Linux 20.04 operating system available in about two lakh laptops in 16,000 schools, deployed under Hi-Tech projects.
By using a KITE board, teachers could write and type using a laptop and can also project them in the classrooms using the projector, similar to a blackboard.
It is a unique feature of the app that teachers can preload resources such as video, images and presentations from the Samagra portal into the KITE Board, which can then be used online or offline as needed.
In addition, the KITE Board also facilitates the use of online resources such as Wikipedia.