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Sudha Goyal,
Principal, Scottish High International School

Focus has to shift from teacher-centric to child-centric methods of teaching

For best educational outcomes, teaching should comprise of a healthy mixture of traditional teaching methodology and the latest technological systems. A teacher, a facilitator, has a wide variety of technological tools at his or her disposal.
Video games can help activate critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. Focus has to shift on improving the instructional methods. From the teacher-centric approach change has to happen in the passive transfer of knowledge. In student-centric approach change is needed in engaging the students actively in learning with methods best suited to them. The best way to achieve this is to have a clear descriptive and feedback mechanism for students.
The different learning needs of students have to be taken into consideration and assessments have to take place to facilitate thinking of  high order. Through technology students can experience the lessons and pick up the best for his understanding and learning.
With incorporation of right technology, we can transform a typical teachercentric classroom into a place where problems get solved.  A number of curriculum related developments are taking place in this regard, but for maximum benefits we need to have professional  development of teachers so that they are able to keep pace with the changing times.
Teaching is a continuous learning process and to keep this process running smoothly, an innovative system of partnerships has to be  developed. Perhaps,we can have a system of partnership between schools and universities for exchange of information regarding the advanced learning processes.

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