The Engaged Learner

The Engaged Learner

The classroom as a feature to taste the teacher’s expertise lies in momentum with the engagement of the wards in particular. ENGAGE ME OR ENRAGE ME, the Choice is yours’ .

Ma’am please tell us something new! This is already in the book. Comes the reply to any subject related interactions today in the classrooms of today. To the surprise of many, the Walls and Friend Requests have come across more popular than HELLO or Hi !

Are we on the same page? The choice is ours to intercept the juncture in regard to making the best of job operations, delivering the best with pride and honor and above all towards the meeting of standards of the requisite for the schools to flourish. The marketing mantras sponsor to the best the teachers’ pride but in a new role of cyber presence now. The need for today towards the teaching segment has dwelled with intelligence and IT friendly requisites by all. Quality Education is reflected by the involvement of the quality infrastructure at the learning arena which otherwise is not of any use and Children Friendly. The parents are requested to make their choices today for admission in majority of the mushrooming shops around the country more like any other service industry with the option to have a round around the School, the classes and even they are told to leave their wards in the class as a trial run for them to decide of taste. Computers, software, CDs and Smart Toys ought to be  considered as a supplement to the other, more concrete learning activities like completing puzzles, building with LEGO and blocks, reading books, creating art projects and playing on the playground…”, is obvious by our observations and research, out of the present day scenario. On very grounds of improvement planning and the paradigm shift with education being characterized by technology enabled instructions, collaborative learning, multidisciplinary problem-solving and promoting critical thinking skills,  e-learning, a household name for the students today offers a wide variety of ICT enabled classroom solutions for learning the Smart Way ! It allows a user-friendly option for the learner to be integrated in what is desired and acquired to his or her requirements class and level wise.

'No talking boys and girls’ can no longer the the most common vocabulary for the teachers for the new learner demands and explores the power of engagement within the classrooms and also that of the narration to explore the connect via the cyber world with the teachers in reality. No wonder you tell a child to write an essay as homework, he/she is bound to download the content to present before you the next day, making you baffle to the interest of the many others lying in the queue. The parents often think this as a menace out of the challenging work wisdom they possess in order to earn their daily living. Their frames are not yet over with more demands for the CD-Burner and Scanner for more computing and smart-study as they call it. The only option available to the poor parents of the IT age is to ponder over for solace and to accept novel ways to convince their future generations in regards to motivations and guided involvement.

The TEACHERS need to harness the requirements to the best of their abilities and interest further. They need to be dependent on some SMART teaching options available to them in the classroom to make the learning scenario interesting to the kids. This offers a visionary methodology to educate each and every child of the country with specialization in the art of scalability involving people, processes and technology. The focus applicates towards building the innovative capabilities and performance at the institutional level periodically.

No wonder, we have DIGITALLY ORIENTED CLASSROOMS now in every school but does that solve the purpose? I doubt to my experience. It is the mindset of the teachers, the educators which needs to be functioned well. The Teacher ought to be a TRAINER/ LEARNER/ ALL ROUNDER, with his/ her presence in the CYBER SPACE mandatory. No longer having an EMAIL ID and an expertise of MS OFFICE but more and more…viz….having a WEBSITE, BLOG, WiKi, and more, apart from being SOCIALLY NETWORKED 24x7. Also we need to remember that Teachers become enamored with YouTube, TED, and WatchKnowLearn or for sure any Ready Recknoner Web Content of interest with Quality and Cream !

But at the same time it is indispensably true to keep in mind, however, that computer software cannot teach a child the concepts that he/she is not developmentally ready for. Computers should always be considered as a supplement to other, more concrete learning activities like completing puzzles, building with Lego and blocks, reading books, creating art projects and playing on the playground. It is universally true keeping the database analysis in view out of the day.

Various researchers and scholars have defined the need of Quality Education but no one has ever desired the need of “We” the teachers today to be interesting and “Informed” with the march of time or else we would be the only “Un-interested” thing (Identity) in the class, if we are not enriching and of any interest to the children to make them forget their Facebook Walls’ and the SMS which otherwise make their mind fertile of interest.

The use of technology not only makes the entire process of learning interesting but more impactful as well. The education sector has, unfortunately, always held a reputation of being a laggard as far as technology adoption goes. There has to be a mindset towards the Think Tank and decision making must take place. I do recall the circular No. 57, dt. 01.09.2010 by the Central Board of Secondary Education, to all the heads of institutions affiliated to the board, which says that the 21st century is characterized with the emergence of knowledge based society wherein Information and Communication Technology plays a pivotal role. The convergence of Computer, communication and content technologies, being known as ICT, have attracted attention of academia, business, government and communities to use it for innovating profitable propositions. ICT has permeated in every walk of life affecting the fields such as launching satellites, managing business across the globe and also enabling social networking. Year by year it is becoming simpler to use devices such as desktop palm top, iPod, iPad etc. The truth of the matter is that, Students are closer to the Technology than we are, especially the Hand Held Devices or the Ubiquitous resources, their comprehension of these resources is exponentially, which you will discover only as you get close to them.

With the utility segments available to the trio, the teachers, parents and students in the form of exploring the innovative Education delivery products, there is a certain belief of low cost information and communication technology tools are empowering the way of change. As a result new skills and innovative abilities are required of students and workers in their learning, livelihood and life. As a matter of fact, for a meaningful and purposeful education, there is an urgent need for the schools to function as a learning hub for the entire community and to be equipped with all the facilities as per the need of the community. Similarly, the community has to extend their cooperation to the schools for the holistic development of the child. Hence, there is an urgent need to not only cooperate but to collaborate between all stake holders of the society. The school makes the society and the country there by. The National Policy on ICT in School Education by MHRD Govt. of India, states, “The ICT policy in School Education aims at preparing youth to participate creatively in the establishment, sustenance and growth of a knowledge society leading to all around social economic development of the nation and global competitiveness”. Here is the solution, a must for all schools to practice Quality Education with a flare of interest generating learning environment in the classrooms.

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About the Author
Author: Dheeraj MehrotraWebsite:
Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra is presently working as Vice President (Academics & Training) with Next Education India Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad. He has been honoured with the President of India’s National Award For Teachers in the year 2006 and the Best Science Teacher State Award (By the Ministry of Science and Technology, State of UP) for his excellence in the field of education.

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