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NIIT brings ‘Math Lab’ for Indian Schools on Children’s Day

NIIT brings ‘Math Lab’ for Indian Schools on Children’s Day
Signs MoU with Key Curriculum Press Inc. for the new program
Chennai, November 14, 2007: NIIT, Asia’s No. 1 trainer and leading Global Talent Development Corporation has announced a strategic alliance with US based Key Curriculum Press Inc., a leading provider of software research and development for Mathematics Education, to introduce ‘Mathematics Laboratories’ in Indian schools. An MoU to this effect was signed between Mr. L. Balasubramanian, President-School Learning Solutions, NIIT and Mr. Steven Rasmussen, CEO, Key Curriculum Press here today.
‘Math Lab’—a novel concept, launched on the occasion of Children’s Day—will enable school students to learn and explore mathematical concepts and verify mathematical facts and theorems using technology tools such as ‘The Geometer’s Sketchpad’, together with hands-on activities using a wide variety of mathematical models. This is a dynamic construction and exploration tool that spans the mathematical curriculum and is being made available to Indian schools, jointly by NIIT and Key Curriculum Press.
The school curriculum governing body, the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), through the National Curriculum Framework has indicated that Mathematics subject will be treated as a prime focus area in schools, till 2010, with an emphasis on making the subject more visually appealing and an enjoyable learning experience for students. In line with this mission, CBSE, the apex body for secondary education in schools has issued directives to all schools following the CBSE curriculum, to install a Math Lab for promoting the subject. Additionally, CBSE has directed that 20% of the marks will be allocated to each student from the Lab Assessments, towards the final marks.
Announcing the new initiative, Mr. L. Balasubramanian, President-School Learning Solutions, NIIT said, “NIIT is committed to making education more impactful and interactive, by leveraging IT and ensuring world’s best tools and resources are made available to millions of school students. We are pleased to partner with Key Curriculum Press for this breakthrough initiative that aims at making the vital subject of Mathematics simpler, easier and a fun way to learn.”
NIIT, which offers computer and computer aided education to 1.5 million students across over 5,000 schools, will bring its expertise and reach in schools while Key Curriculum Press will offer its globally popular proprietary software ‘The Geometer’s Sketchpad’ as part of the active tool in ‘Math Lab’, through this joint initiative. The partnership aims at offering this revolutionary learning solution for the subject of Mathematics, to students in India.
According to Mr. Steven Rasmussen, CEO, Key Curriculum Press Inc., “We are pleased to work with NIIT to make our technology and materials available to schools across India. In the 21st century, it is no longer sufficient for students whether in India or any other country to be proficient in traditional mathematics. Students need to combine their mathematical knowledge with the creativity and technology skills to become powerful problem solvers that the future will pose. Our collaboration is designed to help Indian students to achieve that higher goal.”
NIIT’s ‘Math Lab’ will offer Multiple Teaching and Learning Aids comprising of Technology Applications, Videos, Manipulatives, Measuring Instruments, Tables and Charts, to schools. Based on the three pillars of ‘Imagination, Investigation and Interaction’, NIIT’s Math Lab provides an opportunity to students to understand, internalize, discover and verify the basic mathematical and geometrical concepts through concrete objects and situations, thus building interest and confidence in students learning the subject. The laboratory also allows and encourages the students to think, discuss amongst themselves as well as with the teacher, and assimilate concepts.
In addition to providing greater scope for individual participation in the process of learning and becoming autonomous learners, the Math Lab also enables the teacher to demonstrate, explain and reinforce abstract mathematical ideas by using concrete objects, models, charts, graphs, pictures, posters, etc.
NIIT through its School Learning Solutions division is reaching 1.5 million kids annually in government and private schools, mostly in rural areas, equipping them with crucial IT skills to prepare them for tomorrow’s knowledge society. NIIT is working actively to make computers an intrinsic part of the lives of children and also those of the socially and economically challenged sections of the society, who may never have had a chance to integrate with the emerging 21st century environment, to give a better prospect to their future.
About Key Curriculum Press Inc.
Founded in 1971 by mathematics educators, Key Curriculum Press is the leading mathematics publisher of inquiry-based textbooks, dynamic mathematics software and supplementary materials for middle-school and high-school students. Key materials incorporate effective use of technology with careful concept development and an inquiry-based approach. Key’s award-winning educational software line includes ‘The Geometer’s Sketchpad®’, the leading mathematics software in grades 6 to 12, and two data analysis programs, Fathom Dynamic Data™ software for students in grade 8 to college and TinkerPlots™ Dynamic Data Exploration software for students in grades 4 to 8.
In 1996, Key affiliated with ‘Springer’, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific publishers and, later, founded Key College Publishing, a higher education division that publishes innovative texts and courseware in undergraduate mathematics, statistics and mathematics and statistics education.
Key Curriculum Press is a sister concern of Springer India, which is a part of Springer Science and Business Media, headquartered in New Delhi. Headed by Sanjiv Goswami as its Managing Director, the company is engaged in the publication of scientific books and journals including electronic versions and represents Key Curriculum Press in the Indian Sub Continent.
About NIIT
NIIT, Asia’s No. 1 trainer and leading Global Talent Development Corporation, offers learning and knowledge solutions to 5 million students across 32 countries.  Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the Top IT Training Company Award 2006. Rated among India’s Superbrands (2003-05), NIIT’s Individual Learning Business offerings include: Industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT: GNIIT, Integrated ANIIT for Engineers (IAE) and Advanced Technology Programs for IT professionals.
For working professionals, NIIT Imperia, Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Management Education Programmes in association with Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Indore and Kolkata.
NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (IFBI), formed with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs to develop talent for the banking industry.
NIIT School Learning Solutions (SLS) offers turn key IT and ICT integration program for schools. NIIT SLS has provided computer-based learning to over 5000 government and private schools.
NIIT’s Corporate Learning Solutions, offers integrated learning solutions (including strategic consulting, learning design, content development, delivery, technology, assessment and learning management) to Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Technology companies, Training corporations and Publishing houses.
Element K delivers learning solutions for customers and partners through a tailored combination of catalog learning products, technology, and services. The offerings include: vLab®: hands-on labs, instructor-led courseware, comprehensive e-reference libraries, technical journals, and KnowledgeHub™: hosted learning management platform. 
NIIT together with Element K is now the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.
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