Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, founder of City Montessori Schools, Lucknow, writes about how education can become more interactive with the use of technology…

School education can be made more interactive, rather than just being limited to teaching in the traditional manner. During the past decade, technology has become increasingly important in the lives of everyone, especially the students. 

Convert right information into usable knowledge

Today, a number of schools have replaced their traditional classrooms with smart classes, making use of the electronic interactive whiteboard which makes the learning not only interesting, but it also encourages students to pay more attention in classes. Information is only a click away and therefore teaching does not need to be monotonous. Not only the teachers, but the students too, use technology in the form of Internet-based applications on mobile phones and computers. 

The challenge

The challenge is to ensure that students have access to the right kind of information that they can convert to usable and applicable knowledge by using the skills that they must acquire from their teachers. Therefore, teachers too have to be well trained and must be in touch with the latest trends in technology.

Great emphasis is given to the training of CMS staff for the implementation of various technologies and the CMS IT Portal is being successfully used as a platform for automation of various processes. This allows staff from different CMS campuses to have a hands-on experience on various software and computer applications.

Going digital

Learning at CMS has been made digital. With access to more than 1,000 interactive whiteboards in classrooms for their use, teaching has been taken to a whole new level. An e-learning department facilitates the use of interactive whiteboard resulting in the implementation of new and improved ideas for more effective teaching and learning experience. Currently, SMART Notebook and TATA Class Edge are being used as a teaching aide by the teachers on their IWBs.

Teachers have to be great communicators as it helps them to win the respect and confidence of their students and parents alike. Teachers need to strive continually to stimulate and motivate the students through proper and inspirational interaction. Their commitment and dedication are displayed through their hard work which is based on their command over their subject. We at CMS understand this need and therefore we have established an innovations department, which provides expert guidance to the teachers. 

Blended learning

Blended learning is a formal education programme, which involves combining internet and digital media with traditional classroom methods that require the physical presence of both teacher and students. While students still attend “brick-and-mortar” schools with a teacher present, face-to-face classroom practices are combined with computer-mediated activities regarding content and delivery. With the help of the e-Learning Department, CMS has integrated online teaching in the classroom to take teaching to the next level.

As much as we applaud academic achievements and the important role of studying and training, we also ensure that children imbibe the true meaning of education, which includes a sound foundation of values, principles and morals imparted with gentle guidance and tender loving care. These values like sharing, caring, honesty, integrity, hard work and respect for all inject the most important ingredient in character building. Such holistic education inculcates in the child’s personality all the right sense of values required to help the student grow into a self-sufficient, strong and capable individual in all aspects of life.

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