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Dr. Anshu Arora, Principal, Amity International School, Gurugram: Must focus on students’ engagement

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Dr. Anshu Arora

With the current scenario that is prevailing in the whole world today, educationists have to move with the times and think of innovative and creative ways to ensure that children do not miss out on their academic work.

Amidst this unique teaching time, Amity G 43 has integrated technology seamlessly into curriculum to provide its students with the best of e-learning experience. I take this opportunity to thank our gracious chairperson Dr. Amita Chauhan. It is her compelling commitment to the cause of education that has been our guiding force always. Even in these difficult times it is Dr. Amita Chauhan’s foresight that has led to the forming of platforms to ensure that learning must never pause whatever the situation.

With the closure of schools announced from 19th March, Microsoft Online lessons were the new way forward to teach the students.

Work began on a war footing to generate student IDs and generate class teams. Hectic department meetings were held online. Class lesson presentations were monitored by the Heads and HODs late into the night with valuable inputs for improvement.

Parent Orientation was held for class XI on 11th April to apprise them about the online schedule and platforms like Synchro study, SAT and Cambridge Exams .

Microsoft online classes for the middle and senior students started on 24th March. Our classes cover the whole gamut of activities that a regular school would otherwise have. Academics, of course, plays a primary role in the daily work schedule, along with all the extra curricular activities that the children enthusiastically participate in school. So music, dance, taekwondo, art etc are also being inculcated into the online classroom schedule.

Subject teachers started innovating ways to articulate concepts.

With daily assignments and quizzes being uploaded on Amitranet, the school’s portal, we are also able to check the understanding of the children and evaluate how much they have absorbed of the subjects taught during the online classes. We are digitally up to date, and are using MS Office Teams for conducting these classes. Attendance is being monitored and we are doing our best to ensure that there is no gap in the children’s pedagogic schedule due to the current situation.

Revision classes were taken on working Saturday’s from 4th April onwards.

Sync Connect classes are held in the evening and on Saturday/Sunday.

Theatre classes are taken for classes 6-8.

Special educator takes classes for enhancing the concentration and learning skills of differently abled students on Saturday/Sunday.

Two rounds of online Class Tests will be taken for all main subjects will be taken from 27th April, the schedule of which was shared with parents on Amitranet and Whatsapp. Students will be giving the test with their cameras unmuted.

All recordings and resources are uploaded on Teams for students to revise concepts.

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