The benefits of this Digital Age are immense if we are open to ideas. Digital gateways have opened new challenges but also immense potential.
1. For one, there would be digital footprints everywhere. This calls for greater transparency. Reviews will determine credibility. Fly by night operators or those with no real credibility will not survive long.
2. This would also provide means for schools to perform a reality check. An audit of the gap between the student’s learning and the appropriate environment provided for enabling learners would help them determine the best for their students.
3. Technology integration is not a surface learning idea anymore, but a means to implement digital literacy. Educational Technology is now a deep rooted concept that needs a thorough process, complete with theory and trainings.
4. Teachers would have to be more social media savvy for the implementation of blended learning. It would not suffice anymore to have an excuse of age or experience and shield away from the digital world. Twitter is beckoning and there are great teachers to follow.
5. Computer labs stuffed with PCs are now a thing of past. Schools need Wifi enabled classroom and interactive walls. Well, payment by Kiosks still have some time, but beware in this digital world, things are moving very fast!
Let’s embrace the new world of binary codes. Our students are indeed Digital Natives but instead of being Perennial Digital immigrants, let’s get ourselves visas and enter their zones.
Cushion the Digital Tools
Apps are a part of our life as much as skipping breakfast is. It is a morning ritual and a bedtime routine. There is no escaping it. So here are a few points for educators and young learners to shield themselves from the digital world:
i. World of Activities - We did a blog on puzzles and board games. Find out your kids interest and buy one board a month. Have an exchange club with some close families. Try out our specials from the Battlefield, Scotland Yard and Apples to Apples.
ii. Cycle your way to Health & Freedom - There is no better joy than riding on a cycle. A cycle can bring joy to you as you navigate the by-lanes. It also creates great bonds between parents and children.
iii. Alternatives also include evening walks, jogging routines or driving to new places every week. Let the kids find a new place. It need not be malls or market places but a simple lake side or a new unexplored garden.
iv. Painting - Colours bring joy. Grab that palette and some brushes. Drop in Faber-Castle and find a wall for the graffiti artist in you. Your child is bound to follow.
v. Build a home library - You can stack up your Sports magazines to latest Tinkles. The idea is to have something you and your kids can grab together.This could be a book corner at the classroom or a family reading routine. Make a group where everyone posts the latest pictures of the new book they are reading. There is no better use of peer pressure!
Technology is Great. Yes true. We are all for tech and gadgets. Just that we need to learn how to effectively use them.
Have Skype session with students from other nations.
Use Pinterest to share your projects and quotes.
Watch a TED talk as a part of classroom learning.
Technology can surely add great value to our learning.
Author: Mr. Dawood Vaid