DLF World School is constantly redefining the role of a teacher to a facilitator and now a coach to articulate a vision for rearing experiential think rooms in a virtual setting says Dr. Mrignaini, Executive Director, Darbari Lal Foundation World School, Noida in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
In a matter of no time, the corridors have fallen silent, dining areas lie abandoned, and no more the sounds of laughter emanate from the playgrounds. The Covid-19 pandemic has left the schools bereft of the presence of the students. The pandemic is a vicious storm and we are travelling on different boats, where each boat presents its own set of challenges. As a collective, what we need to do is to open our minds as we navigate this pandemic.
Even as the world battles the crisis with lockdown and we face an unknown, unseen and unpredictable future that is going to require problem-solving and innovative thinking, educators at Darbari Lal Foundation World School, Greater Noida have taken up a challenge to quickly put the systems in place and have smoothly transitioned from in-person to remote learning with the same exacting standards.
The core of our school’s implementation plan in response to trying times has been to plan for quality, flexible and sustainable learning options which includes the
• Readiness for e-learning
• Professional development of teachers in the e-learning environment
• Designing 21st-century tool kit based upon synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
• Conducting creative online assessments.
• Emotional well being of students teachers and parents
• Most importantly using technology to the advantage of the unique learner in each Delfite.
Having realized the purpose of providing learning continuum, DLF World School auditioned the available online resources accessible to parents through an online parental survey. Google Meet and Zoom have been the platforms identified to put the collaborative classrooms in place to deliver high quality, engaging learning experiences for all our students. Teachers are motivated to build expertise in online learning design by accessing external knowledge through webinars, expert talks, MOOCs and online trainings. This endeavour is helping them to create a repository of online pedagogical and assessment tools aligned with the 21st-century skills. These technological tools like Podcast, Flipgrid, Kahoot, Adobe Spark, and Quizlet are enhancing the learning experiences of Delfites enabling them to sync with the vision statement of the school to create caring courageous and concerned citizens of the world, for the world. A smart and dynamic curriculum is the best investment educational stakeholders at DLF World School are making to prepare students for the foreseeable future. The school has created a weekly learning schedule for students divided into morning and evening cycle based upon synchronous and asynchronous instruction through numerous digital resources. With the academic year moving online due to the spread of COVID 19, one question has been in the mind of every student, parent, and teacher: What about assessments as school closures are prolonged? Teachers of DLF World School have explored alternate assessment tools like Open Text Book Assessments, Art Integrated Assessments, Interdisciplinary and Flexible assessments to name a few. These innovative strategies have enabled the teachers to map the comprehensive detailing of each and every child in a flexible environment. Important National and International days are celebrated through virtual assemblies to foster emotional well being at this need of the hour. Online Parental surveys are conducted to seek feedback from parents from time to time. These ongoing conversations help in developing healthy relationships and opt for a feasible, inclusive, and empowering protocol for engagement with students Making this lockdown period constructive by undertaking different activities with the best possible use of technology is a challenge. However, a digitally smart school leader with kindness and empathy at heart can marshal the entire school community to make this transition smooth and purposeful. School leaders have an unmissable opportunity to unleash the collective talent of teachers, students, parents to find a magic formula for helping each child post-pandemic.