As I watched a nine-year-old child stand up in front of the class and present his own animated version of the fable ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’, It wasn’t only the smart board or tech-proficiency of the girl that fascinated me –there was also an awe as to How a teacher uses smart board to entice students to be ‘part of the show, ’how the teachers and students had embraced this technology and used it to push the boundaries of pedagogy, determined to instill a love of learning.
A broad range of our school activities are supported by information technologies (IT) like, Teaching and learning in classrooms using interactive digital whiteboards, screens-projectors and computers in the classrooms, global exposure through video-conferencing, e-projects, Communication to teachers, students and parents (for example, using email, SMS, Messaging or the announcements functions of learning management systems), Simulations and knowledge-building activities by using World Wide Web’s functionality, Mailed content provision (for example, Resource materials accessible over e-mails), the voting software that supports ‘clickers’, which are devices designed to allow students to anonymously answer multiple-choice questions during conceptual discussions and gain instant feedback on their own response in relation to their classmates. Teachers create and upload videos to YouTube for classroom use. Dictionaries, virtual libraries and electronic books can all be pulled on to the screen in a multimedia classroom.
More advanced technology is fundamentally changing our relationship to information. Children are now surrounded by answers, with Google, Yahoo and others all retrieval systems for that information. The educational value, however, lies in guiding children to ask the right questions and giving them the critical thinking skills to discern the right answers from all the noise.
As we continue to build upon our technological age, the use of the internet and different gadgets in the classroom will only become more and more prevalent. The classrooms that survive and thrive will be those that aren’t afraid to push the envelope and integrate current technologies into their curriculum.
J M INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Sector – 6, DWARKA, New Delhi