A School Teaching the Students to &lsquo:Learn to Learn&rsquo:
October 2007

A School Teaching the Students to &lsquo:Learn to Learn&rsquo:

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Apeejay School, Noida has made rapid strides in the implementation of IT and IT education over the past decade. Today, the influence of IT has permeated through out the school and its ubiquitous presence can be felt at all levels and departments, right from Nursery to the school office. This in turn has spawned an IT culture among the students, who have garnered several laurels for the school in numorous inter-school competitions at the state, national and international levels, in addition to consistently performing well in the CBSE examinations. Innovative curriculum is designed and developed by the computer staff. A graded IT education programme (Grade I to Grade XII) has been developed that introduces the use of computers at the pre-primary level itself and then builds on the students knowledge and skill base at every subsequent level.

 

CAL- Integrating technology with classroom teaching learning

Way back in 1996, 150 teachers along with technocrats conceived, designed and developed 900 modules to make classroom teaching focused, fun-oriented, application oriented, life-long lasting. The software has been enthusistically used during the session by Social Science, General Science and Mathematics teachers of classes V to IX through paper coordination between the team and teaching staff of Apeejay School, Noida.

In today’s challenging scenario, choosing the right tools to help students to become life long lerners as well as succeed in a knowledge based workplace has become imperative. In an attempt to help the students with these challenges the school proposed solutions in terms of Eureks- a high end 3D multimedia education software for students.

Computer Literacy Programme

Apeejay School, Noida has made rapid strides in the implementation of IT and IT education over the past decade. Today, the influence of IT has permeated through out the school and its ubiquitous presence can be felt at all levels and departments, right from Nursery to the school office. This in turn has spawned an IT culture among the students, who have garnered several laurels for the school in numorous inter-school competitions at the state, national and international levels, in addition to consistently performing well in the CBSE examinations. Innovative curriculum is designed and developed by the computer staff. A graded IT education programme (Grade I to Grade XII) has been developed that introduces the use of computers at the pre-primary level itself and then builds on the students knowledge and skill base at every subsequent level.

Computer Aided Administration

Mira School- A complete School Management System

Mira’ Skool has started taking its grounds in Admission, Payroll, Finance and Student  Development area with the cooperation of teaching and office staff-members. The modules those have been implemented successfully in the school through this software are-

Admission Module

Student Details, Facility Provide and Withdraw, Fee Bill Generation for New and Regular students, Admission Id generation, Fee Bill Modification, Receipts, Reports : Fee Bill, Fee Receipts, Hostel Fee Receipts, Exclude Hostel Fee Receipts, Student-Period wise Fee Receipt, Receipts Date wise, Defaulters’ List, Reminder Defaulters, Student Details – Address List

Payroll Module

Staff Info, Staff Attendance, Staff Salary Structure, Increments and Promotion, TDS, Other earnings and deductions, Reports : Staff Attendance, Salary Bill, Salary Account Statement, Pay Slips

Finance Module

Voucher Entry, Miscellaneous Receipts, Reports : Voucher, Misc. Receipts Register

Student Development Module

Teacher, Class and Subject Association, Roll No, Student Attendance, Export and Import of Students’ Marks Export and Import of Students’ Grades, Maintenance Incharge, Reports : Student Attendance- Register and Cumulative, Incharge Details – House Duty.

CODE – Computer Club

CODE is a step-by-step process comprising of Inception, Planning, Selection, Training, Implementation, Participation and Motivation stages to proliferate the successful learning approach and establish it as a replicable model for technology learning. CODE was started by Appejay School, Noida by its Computer Department with group of 6 students in 1999 with a motive of excelling in the field of Computers.

The main aim of this society is to make the students of the school forge ahead in the field of computing. There are around 30 members of classes (IX – XII) and around 20 Members of Classes VI and VII. The students are selected through a merit test, which is included by the CODE once in three months .

The objective of CODE is to increase the knowledge of students in the field of information and technology by holding regular seminars, workshops and this is done through several activities like, distributing newsletters to keep the students aware of the latest events and affairs, creating and administering school website, creating functional and useful software for school to help to automate its daily tasks, to organise various symposiums and Inter Apeejay Computer Meets.

Robotics Age

Apeejay is one of the pioneer schools that has started Robotics Lab in 2005.

Robots and robotic technologies represent a practical application of physics, computer science, engineering, and mathematics enhancing skills such as problem solving, decision making, goal setting and logical thinking. To promote and encourage the inherent inquisitiveness of the young minds of classes VI – IX and invoke their interest and challenge their creativity, a new and innovative activity called ROBOTICS has been started in the session 2005-06. The school advocates hands-on learning approach for students that help them to assempbe and design interesting, movable robots using ‘LEGO Mind storms Invention Systems 2.0.

The school uses Pre-school software, the CAL packages and systems that help pre-schoolers learn to read, write and conceptualise. Using a simple keyboard or a touch-sensitive screen, the computer can present images of letters, animals or other objects. Many systems can also recognise and repeat sounds. The school also uses educational software for classes Nursery to XII, in which the CAL packages enable children to learn math, spelling, geography, and other subjects, often in the form of a game of adventure. Software for both individual and collaborative learning exists.   Computer simulations created with sophisticated graphics and commands that let a child practice real world knowledge and decision making skills to, for example, demonstration of science concepts and mathematics.

The school again uses online services and Internet that contains Internet based lesson plans, curriculum units and other educational materials.

The school adopts online examinations for Apeejay Talent Search Examination (ATSE)

The success story of Apeejay School, Noida in integrating technology has already been adopted as case study in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The focus in the school is always on teaching the students to ‘learn to learn’, so that they can adapt to a rapidly changing IT workplace, once they pass out of the school. For this, they are made to work on live projects and activities, involving self discovery and team work.

From the last five years, the school is representing the International Informatics Olympiad, which is a nationwide competition organised annually by Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS). It was also among the top 10 teams of National Graphics Championship 2006. The school also fetched a gold medal in the 3rd Cyber Olympiad at the national level. The students had been able to visualise, design, and develop a website on ‘Nanotechnology-The beginning’, which is a reflection of their caliber,dedication and technical expertise.

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