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Tamil Nadu Schools Introduce TEALS Program For AI Training

Tamil Nadu schools mark a historic stride in education as they introduce the Technology Education and Learning Support (TEALS) program, a pioneering initiative by Microsoft, to provide AI training for the first time.

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The School Education Department has joined forces with Microsoft to expand the Technology Education and Learning Support (TEALS) program, aiming to bridge the digital gap in schools. Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development Udhayanidhi Stalin emphasized that incorporating technology into education enhances the role of teachers rather than replacing them, urging educators to see AI as an ally in shaping the future, according to media reports. 

Originally launched as a pilot project in 14 schools across three districts, including government, government-aided, and private schools, the initiative is now on track to expand to 100 schools. Teachers have undergone training to instruct students in HTML, C++, Python, game development, and AI.

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Highlighting the need for collaboration between private and government schools, School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi stressed the importance of shared learning experiences. This pioneering initiative, the first of its kind in India, targets students from Classes VI to XII, aiming to empower teachers to effectively train students in the TEALS module.

The curriculum, designed by Microsoft, includes online classes for teachers, with periodic progress checks. Teachers have found students receptive to the program, particularly in areas like game development, which aligns with their daily experiences. The initiative is seen as a preparation for future job opportunities in AI-based fields, with Microsoft providing additional devices for effective learning.

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Cecil M. Sunder, Director of DATA and AI at Microsoft, highlighted the increasing demand for AI-based jobs in the coming years. The ongoing collaboration between the State government and Microsoft, initiated through an MoU signed last year, has paved the way for AI training in Tamil Nadu schools. The event saw the presence of key figures from the School Education Department and Microsoft

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