Computers have become a way of life in the present day world. That everyone should be educated about the implications of this technology is the need of the hour. Till now NCERT has not proposed a course or brought out a textbook in this area. The course outlined for this textbook is an attempt to design a generally friendly course that would not only be contemporary but also leave sufficient scope for expansion into unknown realms of computer activity that may emerge in future. The National Curriculum Framework 2005 recommends that theoretical component of Higher Secondary stage should emphasise on problem solving methods and that the awareness of historical development of key concepts be judiciously integrated into the content of a subject. It also recommends that given the pervasive impact of computer and communication technologies CCT , a course related to this should address this infrastructure challenge seriously and explore viable and innovative alternatives with regard to hardware, software and connectivity technologies appropriate for rural and urban Indian schools. NCF 2005 states that the book should act as an instrument for achieving social change in order to reduce the divide based on economic class, gender, caste, religion and region. NCF also speaks about tremendous effectiveness of the computer and computing technology in shaping modern society which has created the need for an educated public that can utilise such technology most effectively for the betterment of society and humankind. This book is aligned to these broad guidelines of NCF.
Presumably, this would be a coveted book for everybody , irrespective of any particular stream of higher secondary stage, for it deals with the real challenges that the discipline is trying to solve. It emphasises development of problem-solving and, equally important, problemformulating skills. It reduces the importance of technology and underscores the need for learning skills to manipulate the technology. It focuses on some of the real problems that come up with the expansion of the technology security, piracy and digital identity. Above all, the course focuses as
much on the excitements as on the limitations of the new information technology. Effective integration of information and communication technologies into all curricula assists students in developing the abilities to use, manage, and understand the technologies. The National Knowledge Commission refers to preparing a work-force adequately skilled and oriented to actively participate in the emerging Knowledge Economy. This book would be a major contributor to developing the skills sets required for all school leavers.
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