School Education: The Road Ahead
“Technological development has doubtlessly done a revolutionary change in the entire world but the way the technology has grown, the child’s mind has not grown. We are now interested in producing the quantitative result than quality.”
“We talk about quality, excellence but after results we talk about how much percent our child scored. Unless, this mindset is changed it’s not possible to develop the mind of the child.”
“The NIOS is the largest school system in the world. We are also partnering with government of India for MOOCS (Massive Online Open Courses), where online programme will be available for anyone interested. If desired, they can take exams. We also have life enrichment programmes for those who wish to learn for their joy, there is no need to take any certification.”
“Differentiated learning helps teachers to identify students’ needs in classroom itself and address them based on their learning styles and levels and track progress. To meet the 21 century students’ needs we need Closed Loop instruction system. With learning platforms of tomorrow, we can in effect improve the learning process and this could lead to higher achievements.”
“We want you to think about a new concept of surveillance which is the angle of auditing CCTV. We want you to audit not suffer. The recent major terror attacks had commonality of being covered by CCTV. Avoid suffering, start auditing CCTV. Have a standarised system of reporting incidents so that you derive intelligence out of any incident.
“We are essentially looking at what is that idea spark that a kid has to bring out. That’s why we call it innovation. We want to bring out that spark of the idea that every kid in him. “
Industry Presentation: Jacqueline Anthony, Educomp Solutions
“We have tried to integrate Educomp’s revolutionary product -Smart STEM in school education system in an integrated and applied approach. Smart STEM is a cohesive learning paradigm and deals with the real issue related to the learner and learning context which is far away from rot or didactic learning.”
Rethinking Education in the age of technology, Special Discussion on Whole Brain Education:
“Rethinking Education in the age of technology how education can be executed inspite of technology. Technology may not replace a teacher but enable him or her in classroom.”
“The latest research around the world no longer talks about right and left brain. It talks about the whole brain teaching and learning. So it’s historical and they say there is a connection between the two. It’s now about whole brain teaching approach in teaching and learning.”
“To introduce technology, first we need to give schools autonomy. It’s very important for students. I am running green school, using latest technology. The entire school is driven by students. It is most sustainable, affordable. The operating cost is less than 70 percent in normal school. There are no sick leaves, 100 percent teacher retention, and community involvement. Nobody leaves.
“If we really want our students to take responsibility for their learning and to circumvent all the issues mentioned so far, we need to be able to present students with real life situations to solve. It doesn’t matter which subject area they are working on. Because then motivate them to find solutions.”
“Expectation from technology will be always be higher…technology should not be blamed for destroying values. But even if we try to stop this thing we will not be able to stop. Technology is only way to do things today. Technology should not be our masters, we should master technology.”
“We should just build institutions for great learning. No institution is great, learning has to be great. If a child gets a safer environment where he gets emotionally strong environment, well taken care of, gets value education along with future technology, I am sure future-proof schools are ready.
Using Data to support teaching and Learning in Classroom
“If we use some data to understand our students, we can make our teaching more personal and more engaging and we can raise the outcome of those learners. So the benefits of using data to understand not just the potential but attainment of progress of our students, is the key.”
“We have developed Portable and Micro Skill Laboratories for mathematics and sciences. It is antidote to traditional approach of taking child to lab in a school. It is being in a lab itself in classroom. So everyday, every concept can be taught in the lab atmosphere with hands on experience. We can inculcate habit of experimental learning in classroom itself.”
Improving Efficiency, Operation & ROI
“Curiosity, imagination are very important for learning. For learning, it becomes imperative when students understand this part that they are learning something not because they are forced to learn but because they love to learn or do things differently that’s where students are more than happy learning on their own.”
“We want to make technology that is accessible to all, regardless of student’s ability or any physical aspect as well. Like we would like a blind person travelling the world on his own. We want to make technology relevant and that can make things relevant for students as well as teachers.”
“Robomate has a two-way use. One is student actually uses it before the exam. It’s a revision tool. Second, it’s a platform where there are so many components for institutions to use as an administrative system. Hence, there was access and every activity was mapped like attendance, class performance, test performance.”
“What Robomate assessment was that different types of tests were actually done by students which were very very graded from simple to complex. Hence, a child could be introduced on adoptive assessment basis so that his ability was built step by step. There is service available where you can create your own module as well. Robobooks is a digitisation of books and study content, reducing the weight of school bag.”
“If you leave the children in a room with a set of books, research proves they will learn faster than if a teacher is there. They learn faster than us. Trust them, as you know you start picking up things, when you know there is nobody to help you.”
“If we have school owners here, obviously everybody has got reason to invest in technology. There are many many schools who will take up this and ensure they have it in the class. But where they fail is because they haven’t trained or empowered their teachers. Unless it’s done, it (technology) will remain a very fancy article in your classroom.
Child is the father of man. They know much more than us. Children know much more than our imagination. That’s what the real challenge. How much we are reading, honing our skills. Are we free with instagram, twitter? And, are we humble to say to the child — can you help me please?
Technology-Based Responses and Solutions
Let’s talk about the National Policy on Education 2016. It talks about how technology has to be integrated into the classrooms, be it the rural school or government school or private school. Role of Technology is very very important.
I am yet to find solution wherein I get real time data of GPS tracking. I am contacting many organisers and lots of demos and pilot projects are done in my school regarding the technology which ensures the security of children commuting through the school buses.
Technology has aided us in entirely changing the assessment patterns.
Since long the CBSE has introduced the CCE pattern, where they have given permission to have multiple tests and on the basis of all the test, teachers can judge the performance of a student. In technology and software, CBSE has not provided any pattern but it is expected that very soon it will be introduced.
In the inclusive growth model of real world situation, students need to learn. So we need to see that how we use technology. In addition to this, we need to introduce the technology to schools in such a way that it is accessible to the poorest one also.
The fact that the technology based tools are changing much faster than we can imagine. By the time we incorporate some of these apps and tools in our teaching system, there will be something new in the market. If we don’t keep pace with it, we will be extinct.
T PECK, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Content knowledge will be provided to student through technology. If pedagogy allows you to teach through technology then you must use the technology as much as you can.
Robomate+ is a cloud based learning app which is used by more than 8 lakh students across the country today. This is basically a fully integrated learning app. It contains video lectures, tests, analytics and E-books in this app.
Today, child safety or child security is one of the important aspect. Government of India and various states’ government have done some good work for education sector in India. But as far as safety of children is concerned, a lot of incidents have happened but we are not able to recognize where actually the fault is.
Branded: Building a successful educational brand
In the education context, most of the brands are saying the same things, easy offering very similar and the communication is same. Both content and form are getting more and more difficult to differentiate and there are often used words like “All Round Development” or “Holistic Development”.
All round development is very much part of our brand and that’s in our logo too. That is something we actually believe. We don’t think that we are a school that educates its children just for tests, just for reports, just for assessments or just for the percentage, not at all. We believe that school is a place for lifelong learning.
This is the only industry where we have 240 million brand ambassadors, the students and their parents. So, I think, as long as you are able to focus on inputs and continue to do the kind of thing that you stand for as an institution, you will be able to build your name and brand.
Brand is a promise, brand is a legacy, brand is a faith, it is very important to be consistent and to adapt to change to increase your brand value. Once you are a brand, it’s very important for you to be cautious about each and every aspect of school management and school functioning.
We, as school educators, are involved in dealing with human beings and small kids. If anything goes wrong, we are spoiling the whole life of a kid and if everything goes fine, definitely we are creating the personalities. So, branding of any educational institution takes a long period. It depends on the quality of the education provided in the school
When you think of brand, it basically is a perception in your mind for quality of a product or a service. This perception comes from the set of expectations you have. How consistently that brand delivers as per your expectations, sets its brand value.
Shattering Traditional Frameworks: Competency Based
Competency is a component of a broader skill. A skill would be split up into sub skills. When we talk about competency, generally each learner will pick up a sub skill, master that sub skill and then move on to the next skill and finally acquire the whole skill set.
Knowledge, skills and right attitude, if all these three things are clubbed together, then we can really have competency tested. We are slowly moving away from the traditional setup where we would just judge a child from the way he memorised the stuff towards the competency based education.
Competency is what I want to do and what I can do? To match with what is required and matching the need is what competency is all about.
When we are talking about the competency, we have to look into the perspective of our competitors also. We have to see what is a particular skill I do have but my competitor doesn’t have.
I have been in education sector for almost 22 years. I am working with schools around the world, 750 at the moment. What makes me want to do my job and get ready for every morning is making the difference at these schools.