KITE launches listening module through audio books for visually challenged

The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has launched audio books for all students, with a special emphasis on visually challenged children, an official said.


visually challenged

IANS  | 

The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has launched audio books for all students, with a special emphasis on visually challenged children, an official said.

KITE has also released audio books and sign language adapted classes of revision portions highlighting on the focus areas for classes 10 and 12 for the annual examination, as part of its ‘First Bell’ Digital Classes aired through the KITE VICTERS educational channel.

K. Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE said all revision classes in audio books shall be heard in an enjoyable way like listening to a radio programme and are easily downloadable and shareable in mp3 format and this is the first such module in the country in the general education sector.

“The entire 10th standard revision classes are covered in just 10 hours. All materials will be available in the First Bell portal The portal facilitates easy downloading and sharing of the Audio books. KITE has issued necessary direction to the concerned officials to extend the broadband internet facility provided to schools as part of Hi-Tech school project for the required students,” said Sadath.

“Already free software based screen reading software ‘orca’ has been deployed in all laptops supplied to schools and all visually challenged teachers were given specialised ICT training by KITE. The new exclusive audio books would be an added advantage to these students.”

Specific classes with sign Language adapted contents have also been developed for students with hearing disabilities. At present, these students are being provided with special classes made by their own teachers at school levels.

But with the inclusion of sign language adapted classes, these students would also be able to learn the revision classes in general and more structured way.

The digital classes, titled ‘First Bell’, commenced from June 1, 2020, as an interim arrangement for regular classes and since then newer innovative models have emerged and the latest is the listening module.

First Bell has completed the telecast of over 7,000 classes (over 3,500 hours) including the Kannada and Tamil medium classes along with the general medium classes.

“This new model would be subsequently replicated for all classes,” Sadath added.



(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor