Textbooks with QR codes introduced for enhanced learning
DIMAPUR — The textbooks of Mathematics and Social Science subjects for classes 9 and 10 in the state for the academic session 2024 have been published with QR code technology to create engaging and interactive learning experiences and to improve students’ learning.
This was informed by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) to all the heads of registered institutions as well as the stakeholders.
According to a DIPR report, these textbooks have separate QR codes printed in them for each topic, sub-topic, activity, example, and question given in the exercises. By scanning these QR codes, students will have complete access to video explanations, which can be accessed any number of times.
These books are called ‘smart textbooks’, and they will help students learn whenever and wherever they want while also empowering teachers by providing them with additional resources, it said.
The report also stated that the use of QR codes, which are versatile in their simplicity and adaptability, aims to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum as envisaged in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
This will simultaneously develop digital literacy as well as conceptual clarity among children and prepare them for a technology-driven future, where digital skills as well as competency in the subjects will help them realise their goals, according to the report, which further informed that detailed instructions on how to use the QR codes are given in the textbooks.
All heads of institutions have been asked to disseminate information about smart textbooks for secondary-level students, teachers, and parents and to encourage the use of these digital resources to improve the teaching and learning process.
Meanwhile, in a separate update, the NBSE has informed all schools registered under the board that the Government of India has prohibited electronic cigarettes and like devices under the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Act 2019, in the interest of public health.
Electronic cigarettes pose serious health risks, particularly among young children and these devices are readily available through online stores and local vendors, which is a matter of grave concern, it said, adding that it has also been observed that such devices are being sold at convenience stores or at stationery stores near educational institutions, which is resulting in easy access for young children to such products.
All heads of registered institutions have been asked to take appropriate steps to educate and sensitise students and teachers about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes and the prohibition of electronic cigarettes.