Launch of Online Labs Teachers Training Programme in Tamil Nadu
Amrita CREATE launched Amrita Online Labs Teachers Training programme at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetam, Ettimadai Campus on 24 January 2015. OLabs, online virtual science labs for class 9 to 12, allows students to repeat the experiment as many times as they wish and includes simulators, videos and animations, as well as theory and quiz. Online Labs have been recommended for use at all CBSE schools in India and are offered free of cost.
The program was inaugurated by Smt. Gnana Gowri, Chief Education Officer, Government of Tamil Nadu. The presidential address at the event was delivered by Smt. V. Sundari, Academic Director, Amrita Vidyalams, Tamil Nadu. Fifty-four science teachers from nearby schools of Coimbatore participated in the training programme. Rathnam Arun and Parvathy G.D represented Amrita CREATE at the event.
Rathnam Arun welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction of Amrita CREATE. She explained the Online Labs project to the participants through a demonstration of an experiment showcased in the website. This was followed by hands-on session managed by Parvathy G. D. where participants had the opportunity to explore the website on both desktop and tablet. The participants seemed to have a keen interest in exploring the OLabs website. They were curious to know the practical side of running the experiments and cleared their doubts on how to perform the experiments virtually to the CREATE team members.
After the hands-on session, feedback was sought from the participants for the improvement of lab content. The response received from the participants resounded with appreciation and enthusiasm for Online Labs.
“All experiments explained in this website are very useful and helpful to the children. It reduce the work of teachers by using learning by doing” – R. Radhika, Physics teacher from Chinmaya Vidyalaya School, Thondamuthur, Coimbatore.
“I feel the system is very useful for demonstrating the experiments in class. If you consider more and more topics it will be more benefited” – P. Sivagami, Biology teacher, Geethanjali Matric Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore.
January 24, 2015
Amrita University, Ettimadai Campus