Due to the ongoing pandemic crisis in India, the government recently ordered that all the schools and colleges and other educational institutions will remain closed as the coronavirus cases in the country are on a rise. In this case, CBSE has collaborated with social media giant Facebook to launch a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well-being and augmented reality for students and educators in the country. Both the social networking website and the government body have taken this initiative in order to develop the skill to safely browse the internet, make well-informed choices and think about their mental health.
CBSE stated, “To further their commitment towards digital inclusion and digital empowerment, CBSE and Facebook have partnered to launch curriculum and related training in Augmented Reality, Digital Safety & Online Well-Being and introduce Instagram Toolkit for Teens. This partnership is led by Facebook for Education, a global initiative by Facebook to build diverse learning communities and bring the world closer together.”
The Union Minister for Human Resources Development (HRD) Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal has announced that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) together with Facebook, has come forward to help the secondary students in India to develop skills on Digital Safety and Online Well-being and Augmented Reality(AR).
Ramesh Pokhriyal said in a statement, “I congratulate CBSE and Facebook on its partnership to introduce certified programs in Augmented Reality for teachers and Digital Safety and online-wellbeing for students. I encourage the teachers and students to apply for the programs commencing on July 6, 2020.”
Both the organisations have launched a comprehensive curriculum to prepare the students and educators for the upcoming and current emerging jobs covering the aspects of privacy, mental health and Instagram’s Guide for Building Healthy Digital Habits and is now available on the official website of CBSE. Besides this Facebook also aims at providing basic guidance to the students in creating new immersive skills via its Spark AR Studio software. The module will run in various stages. In the first stage, Facebook aims at providing training to 10,000 teachers who are then going to instruct 30,000 students in the second phase. It will be a three weeks training program that will be held in batches covering the aspects of Augmented Reality. For this, the company has partnered with the V.CO Digital Learning Platform based in Bengaluru.
The CBSE Chairman, Manoj Ahuja in its statement said Incorporating technology and digital safety into the school curriculum will ensure students are not only gaining knowledge to succeed in the digital economy but also learning and collaborating in a safe online environment,”
The AI curriculum is based on Intel’s outcome-oriented AI for the youth program and will be available for the students studying from VIII to X.
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