New Generation Classrooms – Holy Heart Presidency School, Amritsar

Principal: Vikram Seth
Number of Students: 5000 Approx
Number of faculty and staff: 300 Approx

Vikram SethHoly Heart Presidency School,Amritsar, set-up in the year 2000, has all the facilities to raise the students according to the international standards. Holy Heart Presidency is one of the few ICSE schools remarked as the best by the ICSE inspection team.
The school has deployed interactive classroom solution for providing better understanding of subjects, which provided better results and understanding of abstract topics. The school has deployed Educomp’s interactive classroom solutions.

Implementation and evaluation
The implementation of ICT solutions resulted in greater efficiency throughout the school. Teaching process has become more focused and tailored to students’ strengths and weaknesses. Students have also gained in understanding and analytical skills. Regular use of ICT across different curriculum subjects has resulted in better planning of every topic.
Evaluation of effect is monitored by assessing regular outcomes of students’ performance. It is observed that abstract topics, if taught using ICT solutions, are understood better.

Improvement in teachinglearning process
It has drastically changed teachinglearning process. Teachers have greater flexibility in carrying out their tasks.Lesson planning has become easier as well as ‘designer’ depending upon teacher’s level of interest. Teachinglearning process has become more legible, more detailed and better presented.

Successful implementation
Successful implementation of ICT tools specifically depends upon willingness of school’s faculty and administration. I have personally noticed that many teachers are still not willing to use ICT tools and prefer primitive methods of teaching. In our school regular screening is done and reports are generated to see that how much ICT tools have been used in teaching.

“With the introduction of smart classroom we are able to make children visualise various topics which they earlier had to imagine only. They are able to understand various concepts. They are clearer about logics also and their feedback is also improved,” Ritu Nayyar, Geography Department.

What’s next
There is no end to innovation and expecting something from technology is pointless as technology has no limit and it will always surpass your expectations. The need of maintaining a balance between traditional method of teaching and use of technology will always be there.

Students’ Feedback:
“The ICT tools have helped the students to comprehended their all the topics practically and by listening to it they are able to retain it more than its books. It has helped especially in understanding diagrams and various 3D structures of chemistry and physics. It also makes are pronunciation correct,” says Ketika Bhardwaj of Class XII.
“The ICT tools have helped us to gain knowledge both practically and theoretically. The concepts in chemistry and physics which we are not able to understand by simply listening to teachers are easily understood by us by seeing the pictures and videos related to them. Moreover by seeing the concepts we are able to retain them for longer time,” Jasmine Kaur, Class XII. “The ICT tools have helped students a lot in every subject in chemistry; it is useful in wording and 3D structures. In physics it helps to think practically about machines and time saving,” ManreetKaur, Class XII.

Teachers’ feedback
“The introduction of smart classes has brought clarity in the concepts being taught. The children enjoy and learn the topics. The teaching learning process has become more effective with the use of this technique,” Sonia, Incharge of Primary Wing. “With the introduction of smart classroom, topics have become interesting and easy. It helps in saving time with its help topics have become easy. Now students take more active participation in discussion,” says Varun, Maths Department.

Updates on ICT in Education

The second phase of ICT@ schools project begins in Bihar
The second phase of ICT@ schools project has been launched under the Bihar State Educational Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (BSEIDC), which has awarded contracts to ILFS and Compucom (in two zones each), besides Pearson and Core Education in one zone each on BOT (built, operate and transfer) mode.
The second phase of ICT@ schools project has been launched under the Bihar State Educational Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (BSEIDC), which has awarded contracts to ILFS and Compucom (in two zones each), besides Pearson and Core Education in one zone each on BOT (built, operate and transfer) mode.

Assam to add 500 more smart classrooms in 2013

Assam State and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) will cover 500 more schools with computer and Internet this year in a bid to introduce a more interesting environment. SSA has already set up the infrastructure of smart classrooms in 2,000 out of 5,300 schools in the state.

CBSE launches official CBSE Channel on YouTube
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has become the first among in country to launch an official channel on YouTube, being called CBSE Channel. The channel will feature videos posted by affiliated schools with the aim of giving them a wider audience and better branding opportunity.

21 schools in Odisha to get smart classrooms
Odisha’s ST and SC development department will set up smart classrooms in all 21 of its schools across the state. According to the proposal, two classrooms in each school will be converted into smart classrooms.  The move will benefit more than 5,400 students in the 13 Ekalavya model residential schools besides another 2,400 higher secondary science students.

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