“Science is not a subject to be taught just through books”, teacher Narendra Sharma said. “If we provide opportunities to children to learn while doing, they are able to learn easily and do not have to take the path of rote-learning."
FOR THE TEACHERS, IN THEIR MOTHER TONGUE
The Teacher Portal www.teachersofindia.org is driven by a vision to improve the quality of education across India. Conceived as an inclusive community of teachers spread across the country, it is designed to enable and encourage user communities, resource generation and sharing.
The target audience of the portal is elementary school teachers of government schools across India. Since they are more likely to be conversant with their mother tongue than with English, it is the crux of the vision and policy of www.teachersofindia.org to give content in multiple Indian languages. Currently the portal is published in four major Indian languages, in addition to English. Gradually the portal will be made available in more Indian languages.
BY THE TEACHERS (USER GENERATED CONTENT): THE KEY PRINCIPLE
The Teacher Portal www.teachersofindia.org is a space for teachers to interact, discuss and reflect; to create and share resources. The two key content areas on the portal are Teacher Communities and Resources.
Teacher Communities are open forums for free interaction between teachers. All the content is generated by users, Partner organisations, internal SMEs etc. These sections are moderated minimally only—just enough to ensure the propriety of language and content. Teacher Portal is seeking to encourage mature conversation about ideas that matter for education and development. Please engage in a reasoned exchange of ideas, avoid name-calling, obscenities and insults. Humour, of course, is welcome. ;-).
Classroom Resources are rigorously moderated to ensure quality, relevance and appropriateness. Our editors take care of this with the help of subject matter experts (SMEs) language experts and online peer reviewers (see review process).
A major chunk of the Resources are expected to be generated by the teachers of different regions and languages. This is because we want the content to be rooted in the ground realities of each region, its culture and educational needs. Such resources can be submitted online on the portal, or by post or courier to the portal team (see content submission guidelines).
Another big priority for us is disseminating quality resources created by other organizations. Many organizations across India create good content in various languages, but do not have the infrastructure to disseminate them widely. The portal can act as a channel to facilitate this dissemination. Such organizations can become our content partners (See our content partners. Read how to become content partners).
To ensure that quality resources reach a wider user group, we translate and publish them in different Indian languages.
Some resources are created by SMEs of our team.
KINDS OF RESOURCES PUBLISHED ON THE PORTAL
On the teacher portal www.teachersofindia.org resources fall broadly into two categories:
Classroom Resources that teachers can use to teach in class. This includes Lesson Plans, Learning Activities, Worksheets, Presentations, Games, Videos, Ebooks etc.
Teacher Development Resources that help teachers grow professionally. This includes articles, activities, interviews, discussions, films, etc. that tell them about the latest trends in pedagogy, educational psychology, successful practices in other parts of the nation and of the world, case studies, etc.
The Teacher Portal www.teachersofindia.org wants its resources to be freely used by teachers across all languages and regions of India for educational purposes. Hence we follow Creative Commons licenses that are most liberal, with minimal restrictions for ensuring responsible use.
Each resource on the portal comes with one of the logos below. Please take some time to become familiar with their meaning, so that you can understand how free you are to use each resource.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA
This license lets users copy, redistribute, remix, tweak, and build upon this resource non-commercially, as long as they credit the source and license their new creation under the identical terms.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND
This license only allows users to download this resource and share them with others as long as they credit the source, but they can’t change it in any way or use them commercially.
To know more about Creative Commons license click here
© All Rights Reserved
All Rights Reserved lies under the Copyright Law which indicates that the users cannot copy, distribute, and modify this resource in any form until they get permission from the copyright holder of this resource.
Standard YouTube License
YouTube license is similar to the all right reserved. To know more about click here
REPUBLISHING PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Articles previously published can also be published on the portal with the copyright holder’s permission. An ‘Author’s Note’ at the end of the article should acknowledge previous publishing, specifying the publication and the issue number. A copy of the permission letter from the original copyright holder should be forwarded to the Portal team, along with the resource.
Intellectual Honesty (Copyright and Plagiarism)
The Teacher Portal respects Intellectual Property Rights, practices it rigorously and persuades our contributors to practice it. By submitting an article to us, the author declares it as original (unless explicitly acknowledged otherwise) and devoid of any plagiarism.
Resources submitted on the portal are considered to be permanent contribution to the portal. Authors do not have the right or access to withdraw them or delete from the portal. If for any reason somebody wishes to withdraw the resource, they can write to the editor of the portal.
With all our openness to content, the editorial team reserves the right to not publish any content that seems distasteful or not relevant to the portal’s primary audience. Teacher Portal reserves the right to remove any comment or content from the site, without attributing any reason and without prior communication to the author.
Disclaimer: Teachers of India aims to provide a platform for teachers and teacher educators to exchange information that is relevant to them. In addition, Teachers of India also provides links to various websites related to education. However, Teachers of India does not necessarily subscribe to the views expressed by its users/websites and also has no means to verify the authenticity of such information. Teachers of India is not liable for any direct/indirect loss or damage whatsoever arising from the use or access of any information, interpretations and conclusions that may appear on it.