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Vittal Bhandary
CEO, Little Elly, briefs about a case study on implementing technology in the school and how technology is adding new dimensions to education

The foundation of a classroom has traditionally been content and pedagogy, and technology is strengthening this foundation today. As the world has advanced technologically, teachers have the advantage of a variety of media through which they can deliver learning. The collaboration of technology in education has added a new dimension of interest in the classroom. The introduction of technology in education makes learning more interactive and interesting for young minds and also helps in honing life skills that will be invaluable in a rapidly changing world.

Technology has also changed the attitude of the society and the people living in it. As an educationist, I have been dealing with parents for many years. The current set of parents I interact with in my school, expect information, which ranges from academic records to event calendars, to be made available at the swipe of a finger. To keep pace with the growing demands, we have introduced innovative methods of educating students, viz., ICT-enabled classrooms, blended learning programmes and integrated solutions. With technology, the classroom is a happier place. Students are excited about being able to use technology and thus be are more prepared to learn. The teacher, in turn, becomes the encourager, advisor, and coach.

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Over the past few months, Ms Sharada, our Mathematics teacher, has been using the smart board combined with the Math Lab. For the first time, she witnessed all her students actively participating and engaged in problem-solving. All the students were able to learn what they needed to at their own pace and in a way that held their attention and interest. This was what she had to say, “Traditionally, teaching was limited to my knowledge and exposure which I would share with my class. Now, it is exciting for me as well, since I am able to reinvent myself as an educator. The flexibility and adaptability of technology allows me to think about teaching in various ways and with other content than I had before and focus on specific learning outcomes.”

I believe a perfect blend of traditional pedagogical approaches and technology in education is the way to move forward.

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