Sandeep Aurora, Director, Marketing and Market Development, Intel South Asia told media persons here today that 4800 government and private school teachers had been trained in Punjab by the end of 2013. In addition 700 Teacher Educators had been trained. The Master Trainer Club has trained 300 trainers.
Aurora said that there was a digital divide because of barriers like expensive broadband service, lack of infrastructure and computer literacy. The Intel initiative and Governments National Digital Literacy Mission were trying to bridge this gap. He said that second phase of teachers training programme would be launched in Punjab in 2014 and would be even in bigger in scale than the previous one. Elaborating, he said thatone teacher can reach generations of students, training teachers is an important way Intel fulfils this commitment. The programme offers proven professional development skills to teachers engage students with appropriate use of technology for learning, creativity, and communication.
Sharing his predictions for 2014, he said that Intel would launch a wide variety of exciting new devices like 2-in-1s, tablets, phablets and Chromebooks with IntelInside. He said that Intel predicts that within the next three to five years, India will see a huge increase in device ownership with one device for every student increasingly being the norm. The key challenge will be providing the students, particularly in regional areas with the right education, devices and services to engage them.