National Teacher Platform (NTP) is a state-of-the-art platform built to host Open Educational Resources (OER) and tools for Teachers in Schools, Teacher Educators in Teacher Education Institutes (TEIs) and Student Teachers in TEIs. NTP envisages to provide:
Teachers will be able to access this material offline on their smartphones, tablets and other devices anytime and anywhere. Material will be contextualised to local languages as well as mapped to the curriculum...more
The last few years have seen a steady increase in adoption of smartphones, and the true power of this telecom revolution is becoming increasingly apparent. This is a device which is changing lives....more
The role of ‘Our Teachers, Our Heroes’ is paramount in defining the quality of education. The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) at its core believes that our teachers should be empowered....more
The last few years have seen a steady increase in adoption of smartphones, and the true power of this telecom revolution is becoming increasingly apparent. This is a device which is changing lives. One clear example of this is the ‘JAM’ (Jan Dhan―Aadhaar―Mobile) which has brought millions of people into the formal banking sector whilst simultaneously reducing transaction costs, increasing tax collection and improving customer experience.
At MHRD, we currently have the opportunity to catalyse a similar revolution in education. The National Teacher Platform (NTP) is a step in this direction. As our teachers gain access to a smartphone, the potential impact of mobile-based solutions increases. My interactions with hundreds of teachers, teacher educators and administrators give me hope that we are already in the right direction towards achieving this impact. I have seen teachers innovating tech-based solutions in their own classrooms, teachers connecting with each other to share information and resources via statewide WhatsApp groups and tech-savvy leaders building portals to enable the sharing of resources. All of this indicates that there is a massive demand for high-quality, relevant technology-based solutions which address the day-to-day problems of these teachers.
National Teacher Platform (NTP) is the first in a series of such innovations, which needs to be integrated into existing structures and systems to ensure widespread adoption. NTP leverages the benefits of open-source software and provides states with the freedom and flexibility to design contextually relevant solutions. By ensuring that all content on NTP is openly licensed, MHRD will set the standard for collaboratively working with various stakeholders to radically transform teacher education. NTP will provide teachers with convenient, personalised, need-based materials and tools, which enable them to take ownership of their own development to a greater extent than ever before. I strongly believe NTP will be the cornerstone of India’s teacher education system for many years to come.
The role of ‘Our Teachers, Our Heroes’ is paramount in defining the quality of education. The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) at its core believes that our teachers should be empowered in order to transform education in India.
A crucial element of this is about providing our teachers with a seamless environment for learning and professional development. Our aim through the NTP is to enable this for all teachers in all schools and for all teacher educators and student teachers in all Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs).
While participation in the NTP is voluntary for teachers in schools, for teacher educators and student teachers in TEI it is mandatory. NCTE is issuing instructions to this effect.
Besides the NTP, at NCTE we are also making efforts to ensure that the information asymmetry currently existing in the market for teacher education and school education is addressed. For teacher education, we are doing this by benchmarking TEIs through a national accreditation and ranking exercise that accounts for:
- Academic assets
-Teaching Learning quality
-Learning outcomes of student teachers
-Teacher competency of teacher educators
For school education we are going to do this by encouraging teachers in schools to benchmark themselves through one of several competency assessment tests that we will soon be accrediting. ‘Learn what you want, when you want and how you want’ is the power we want to give to our teachers. The National Teacher Platform will help us do this.