Breaking The Classroom Walls
Seeing technology as a wave that is only recently rushing over in us, is a view we are living with. So is the fact hard to believe that the CDC plateau, the first ever computer assisted learning frame was viewed on a main frame in the late 1960’s.
Raj Dhingra, a resident of Silicon Valley, quotes the concept of “Magic of Thinking” where he says that if we change the thinking, we can change the rules and thereby, the solutions.
That, I believe is a great mindset to help us understand that our conditioned minds need some opening up. As is, that we are all conditioned to believe that bigger dreams need bigger budgets. Which has been proved by Turkey, is not the real case. It has come into consideration that through technology, we can change how we do school. But the question here is, that we cannot change how we do school, without the school. It is important for schools to break the myths that they are so amicably living up with.
The schools must leave the strata they carry and the myth they believe so confidently about, that they have ‘enough technology’. Having computers, we must understand, is not enough technology. Since we are still following the traditional methods where we have a teacher at the head of class, delivering very prominent instructions in a very standard manner, it doesn’t make much of a difference as that doesn’t leave much room for the scope of learning to happen in a child’s mind. The ideal step to take is that we must tear down the walls of the classroom so we can produce the concept of blended learning. Technology is really the key to tearing the walls down. Metaphorically speaking.
A collaboration between students, a one-to- one learning experience and making teachers work as coaches, as learning masters instead of focusing upon the authority of being the content masters they believe themselves to be, is a necessity that no school, no institution, no university or no mind seems to be providing amongst the millions that are striving.
We must never mistake the tech candies such as the ipods and ipads as the tools for advancing technologies. Steve Jobs, himself once agreed that you can identify children as small as the age of three years, with ipads in their hands, but his own children had limited access to technology in his house. That must set an example for both parents as well as the teachers dealing with students every single day.
The one thing that is for us to learn prior to the children is that we must integrate technology into the classroom instead of taking it as a supplementary course, lest it become a curse instead. We must unlock the power of student centric learning with technology. India, as of today, stands unprepared for it and this is the time it must be prepared.