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Guideline for IT Maths Lab and Practical Evaluation 2020-21

IT Maths Lab

Guideline for IT Maths Lab

Numerical skills and other Maths related skills are inherent in a child.  These skills can be nourished by activity-based learning and learning by doing.  This system is practiced in schools of Kerala with regard to learning Mathematics.  Learners are also getting the opportunity to learn Maths using free software like GeoGebra up to standard X. At the Higher Secondary level,  where the abstract thinking is boosted, can be enhanced by extending the scope of IT-enabled Mathematics learning.  Considering this, SCERT has prepared guidelines for introducing the concept of  ‘IT  Maths  Lab’  at the Higher  Secondary level.

This guideline was approved by the 50th State Curriculum Steering Committee.  Accordingly as per G. O (Rt) No.  522/2019/Gen.  Edn.  Dept,  Trivandrum,  dt.  08/02/2019 Govt of Kerala has decided to implement IT Maths Lab from the academic year 2019-20 onwards. The existing IT labs in schools are to be utilized for the functioning of the IT Maths Lab.  Separate IT Maths Lab is not essential.

Details of IT Maths Lab

  • For the proper functioning of the IT Maths Lab detailed Maths Lab Manuals have been prepared.
  • The Lab activities are prepared based on Textual content areas of Higher Secondary Maths – Class 11 & Class 12.
  • For thefirst year, there are 16 Lab tasks based on Class 11 Syllabus.
  • For the second year, there are 25 Lab tasks based on Class 12 Syllabus.
  • Each Lab consists of 2 or 3 activities and some additional activities.

Evaluation of Performance of students in IT Maths Lab

The performance of the learner in IT Maths Lab can be evaluated as a part of the Practical Evaluation of the learner.

The details are discussed below:


Learning outcomes associated with many topics in Higher Secondary Maths syllabus are better transacted if it is discussed in Lab.  So IT Maths Lab is conceived as a transaction method.  There are 16 Labs in class 11 and 25 Labs in class 12.  Lab – 0 is a mandatory lab which deals with basics ideas of the GeoGebra software platform.  But there will be no questions based on this  Lab in the Practical exam.  The additional activities in each Lab are meant for exceptional students and are not compulsory in regular Lab classes.

Under the special circumstances of COVID-19, 7 labs (including Lab-0) from class 11 and 6 labs from class 12 are suggested.  Lab-0 is mandatory.  From the remaining 12 labs, each school can select 5 labs ( 3 labs from class 11 and 2 from class 12 or vice versa )

List of Suggested Labs

Class   –   11  

  1. Lab 0: Basic concept
  2. Lab 1: Value of functions
  3. Lab 2: Shifting of Graphs
  4. Lab 4: Trigonometric Functions
  5. Lab 8: Straight lines
  6. Lab 9: Conic Sections
  7. Lab 13: Limits

Class   –   12

  1. Lab 18:  Functions
  2. Lab 19:  Invertible functions
  3. Lab 20:  Inverse trigonometric functions
  4. Lab 31:  Application of Integrals
  5. Lab 34:  Vectors
  6. Lab 37:  The Plane


Keep COVID Protocol while conducting Maths IT lab activities in School Computer Lab.  GeoGe- bra software and the applets specified in each lab as per manual should be installed in the systems.  Each Lab work requires almost two periods.  So the time table should be arranged by clubbing two periods.

The execution of Lab consists of a threefold process – Preparatory work, Performing of activities, Reporting.

Preparatory work: Firstly, Students can watch the lab classes on KITE VICTERS / YouTube channel and make preparatory work before doing the lab activities.  They should be aware of the aim and procedure of the lab.  They can use either a printed copy or a soft copy of the concerned Lab manual.  The previous knowledge for the particular Lab should be discussed in the classes prior to the Lab.  All students should have their Practical Observation Book (POB) while doing the Lab.

Performing the activities: Secondly, Students should perform the activities in each Lab as per the manual. Teachers should give necessary help while students perform each activity.

Reporting: Thirdly, Students should write the procedure of the Lab in POB in their own way.  There will not be any prescribed format for writing the procedure.  Students should write the findings and output mentioned in the Lab manual in the  POB.  After the completion of each  Lab, the concerned teacher should sign the POB. There is only one POB for both years and should be produced at the time of the Practical Exam. The applets created by the students as a part of the lab activities should be kept in separate folders and should be produced during the practical examination.


After the implementation of IT Maths Lab, the evaluation pattern is as follows:


In  Practical  Evaluation,  only the  Mathematical knowledge of students based on the syllabus are evaluated.  Necessary help in using the software will be provided along with the questions.  The internal or external examiner can also help the students in this regard.  The following are the guidelines for conducting PE.

  • The questions will be strictly based on the syllabus prescribed for practical work each year.
  • The examination will be of 3 hours duration and a maximum score of 40.
  • The practical examination should be conducted in batches. The maximum number of students in each batch is limited to 15.
  • Students should attend the PE with the Practical Observation Book. It should compulsorily include 6  Lab works  (including  Lab-0)  as per the directions given above,  duly signed by the concerned teacher.   The same should be verified and counter signed by the external examiner at the time of PE.
  • Each student will get a question paper consisting of 5 questions, one each from the 5 labs selected at the school (excluding Lab-0). The maximum score of each question will be 14. Students can answer any number of questions and can get a maximum score of 32.
  • The following indicators should be considered while evaluating the answers.
    1. Analyzing the problem
    2. Choosing an appropriate method
    3. Content Knowledge
    4. Knowledge of the procedure
    5. Problem-solving skill
    6. Generating output
  •  The external examiner will evaluate the Practical Observation Book and the saved materials. The maximum score is 4.

Score Indicators

  • Each Student will give a viva –  voce based on the questions answered. It should be formal in the form of an interview.  It should be a casual interaction with the students during the evaluation to check whether he/she has conceptual/ process clarity in the given area.  Students can get a maximum score of 4.

Scoring indicators for Viva-voce :

Indicators                                  Score

  • Content knowledge                      1
  • Clarity of concept                         1
  • Logical sequencing of idea         1
  • Communication skill                   1

The external examiner should fill the score sheet.

Here is IT Maths Lab Practical Examination Model Question Paper.
Model Question Paper – DOWNLOAD

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