Harminder Kaur Suri, primary teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Ambala Cantt, shares her school`s vision and how ICT has been integrated to further it.
What is your vision for quality education in Kendriya Vidayala, Ambala?
Our mission is to promote equal education irrespective of all differences and strive for all round development of each and every child in our school. Our Vidyalaya is committed to skill enhancement of students and helping them realise their dreams. Our immediate aim is to simplify the teaching learning process in our school through technology and help the country inbridging the digital divide. We are also working towards making our school an e-KV.Please tell us about the curriculum and learning methodology followed in the school. The Vidyalaya is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education and follows the syllabus prescribed by the NCERT. We follow a methodology of project based learning where students are also made to work on online collaborative basis through an educational website. What initiatives have been taken up by KV Ambala for integrating ICT in its teaching-learning process? In recent years, we have worked towards transforming our school into an ICT rich environment. The existing school infrastructure has been reoriented and revitalised using ICT. Official records like Transfer Certificate, official letters, student enrollment, payroll, etc are now managed online. The school website isalso regularly updated and maintained. Project based learning is implemented as part of the curriculum in all the classes from 3 to 12. We regularly conduct training for teachers of our school as well as in the region in various aspects of ICT like Web designing, use of interactive multimedia for classroom teaching, etc. Students of our school are encouraged to participate in various ICT based online and offline contests. Our teachers and students also prepare powerpoint presentations for their classroom interactions. We also hold online examination for students of XI and XII for Financial Marketing Scheme. What major challenges were encountered in integrating ICT in your school? Poor net connectivity as well as irregular power supply at times is a great hindrance. Students and most of the teachers do not have Internet enabled systems at their respective places. So, we have to visit cyber cafes on holidays or after school hours if there is some work. How do you built teachers’ capacity in rendering technology mediated education? The Vidyalaya provides training to all
its teachers to make them techno savvy. In-house professional courses are also held for teachers to refresh their skills periodically. The school also invites agencies like Oracle, Microsoft, Intel, etc, for teacher training. How do you plan to further integrate ICT in your school? Some of our future initiatives include to have a Wi Fi in the school, to establish a virtual collaboration with schools in various countries through an educational website, and to upload free study material on our school website.