Microsoft, CBSE join hands to build AI learning for schools

 (Reuters file)

New Delhi: Microsoft India and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have partnered to conduct capacity building programmes for high school teachers with an aim to integrate cloud-powered technology in K12 teaching. Meant for teachers of grades 8-10, the programme will be conducted in 10 cities across the country, starting 11 September 2019.

This programme will provide teachers better access to the latest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and help them integrate technology into teaching in a safe and secure manner, thereby enhancing the learning experience and 21st century skills of all students.

The 1000 teachers nominated by CBSE will undergo a 3-day project-based training for practical, hands-on knowledge of Microsoft 365 tools such as OneNote, Flipgrid, Teams, Outlook & Minecraft and Paint3D Microsoft.

They will also learn about digital story-telling, creation of personalized learning experiences for diverse learners, use of Teams for virtual lessons and how to leverage Artificial intelligence (AI) tools to create Bots and demystify concepts around AI. The programme will also offer them the opportunity to become Microsoft Innovative Educators. With this, they will have access to free resources, tools and software; as well as mentoring sessions and discussions with global educators.

According to Manish Prakash, General Manager, Microsoft India: “AI has become a strategic lever for economic growth across nations around the world. Through this initiative, we are empowering institutions, educators and students of India to acquire early education/skills in new technologies like AI and cloud to lead that growth in that rapidly changing world. We are excited at the opportunity to partner with CBSE, as our very first endeavour in any country, to transform the education eco-system with the power of AI and cloud.”