Goa Board Plans to Roll Out QR Code Embedded Textbooks For Classes From 1 to 8

Goa Education Board has introduced plans to launch the “energised” textbooks for subjects like Maths and Science for Classes 1 to 8 from the 2020-2021 academic year. These textbooks will be QR-Code embedded and will help to keep the children more engaged with the subjects. This move to bring the Quick Response Code on textbooks for the two subjects was already approved at a review meeting for the state, organised in New Delhi yesterday. This move is expected to benefit nearly 1.4 lakh students. 

Meanwhile, Pramod Sawant, the Chief Minister in charge of the education portfolio in the presence of Nila Mohanan, the Secretary for Education have already released the textbooks of ‘Environmental Studies: Looking Around’ (part I and part II) for Class V and textbooks of ‘Mathematics’ (part I and part II) for Class VI.

The plan is to introduce these “energised textbooks” for Class 3 and Class 4, from the next academic year 2020-21, following which QR-coded textbooks are expected to eventually be rolled out for all subjects, for classes Class 1 to Class 8, as per the decision, taken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).

SCERT (The State Council of Educational Research and Training) launched the Goa edition of these NCERT textbooks by including the local specific content so that the learners would feel familiar with the books.

These QR-embedded textbooks were an initiative of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, which has launched DIKSHA (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing) to co-ordinate the particular effort at the national level. The students can have access to the curated content of every chapter in the digital textbooks by downloading DIKSHA app and then scanning the QR Code printed near every lesson on the textbook page. QR codes are an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing web links, or other information for reading, with the help of a smartphone camera. When the code is scanned on mobile phone with the Diksha app, it takes the students to audio-visual explanations of the lessons, which makes understanding easier. 

The content includes interactive audio-visuals, alongside assessments and illustrations aligned to school syllabus, thus making the learning process more interesting and practical, for both students and teachers. Furthermore, these textbooks include features like interesting tit-bit in boxes, information about puppet play, games, riddles, quizzes, and more. 

Goa also was the first state to introduce the DIKSHA Content Creation Competition, conducted by the Department of Education in March 2019. The Chief Minister felicitated the winners of this contest, who created local content at this competition. 

Meanwhile, other states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have already introduced QR-coded textbooks, in the recent past.

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