By the divine grace of Shriji Maharaj and the inspiration of
Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the 'Cultural Cosmic Voyage'
CD-ROM project along with all of its team members has truly
made an epic voyage from its humble beginnings in 2002 to the
bright lights of success in 2005. The CD-ROM, designed and produced
by volunteers of the BAPS Bal Mandal, UK, has been awarded the
“highly commended status” (joint-first) by the British
Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) as
part of their ICT in Practice Awards for 2005 in the ‘Innovation
and Change' category.
This is a truly remarkable and noteworthy achievement since
it was selected from an initial
entry of over 400 applicants in the ‘Innovative
ICT solutions for Spiritual and Cultural Learning’ category.
It was short listed as one of the several semi-finalists and
then down to the last 2 finalists in this particular category.
The ‘highly commended status’ means that the judges
were not able to decide on an outright winner for the award
and ended up giving a joint-first position status to both of
the finalists - Swaminarayan Hindu Mission and Essex County
exactly is this Award?
The ICT in Practice Awards, now entering their sixth year, aim
to identify models of excellent practice and use in developing
and promoting effective practice in the use of ICT in teaching,
learning, and leadership. The Awards enable this information to
be shared with the wider teaching community while rewarding individuals
and teams who demonstrate exemplary practice in ICT.
This new CD-Rom contains
lots of things for anyone and everyone to enjoy, understand and learn.
Below is a list of what can be found in each section:
|8 interactive cultural games
||11 thoughtful poems, 100+ inspirational
quotations, music tutorials for keyboard and tabla, web links to
E-Knowledge, Hinduism, Gujarati and BAPS kids website
||6 paintable pictures, 15 word searches,
9 scrambled shlokas, virtual Lakshmi pujan, virtual fireworks of
Diwali, Murti Majani, 4 word quest subjects and more web links
||16 matchstick puzzles, mind reading
zone, 27 catchphrases & 10 tangrams
||3 fantastic screensavers, 15 melodious
bhajans, 5 inspiring videos, 11 motivational presentations, 4 cultural
themes in the gallery and 2 web links
||4 interactive stories with quizzes
& web-links to picture stories on the BAPS web
||10 humorous jokes