Technological Intervention in Schools

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Education methodology is going through multifaceted challenges in today’s fast paced environment, where information is available at fingertips. Traditional teaching methodologies are becoming obsolete and more and more educational institutions are looking at ways to redefine the way information is passed on to the students. Transformation from the traditional classroom model, to the blended model of face-to-face learning, with online individualized activities is gaining more importance.

Teaching goes back a long way in human history, where the students were taught in classrooms. In this teacher-centered style, the teacher would be instructing the students on various subjects, relying on mere textbooks. The scope for individual attention and creating a passion among the students about the subject taught has been a concern for a very long time.

Student –centered instruction is gaining more importance where students exercise a substantial degree of responsibility for what is taught, how it is learned, and for involvement in the classroom. The role technology played in this change cannot be ignored. Technology is helping teachers to expand beyond linear, text-based learning and to engage students, who learn best in other ways. Its role in schools has evolved from a contained class into a versatile learning tool that could change how teachers demonstrate concepts, assign projects and do progress assessment.

Lets have a closer look at the emerging trends in the technology involvement in schools.

I) Audio visual aids

II) Specialized software

III) Curriculum, Calendar and Communication

Various Audio visual aids are used in major schools now. Using videos and music, help in giving the historical context enable better characterizations in learning subjects like Literature and History. Students are able to relate much better to the characters in the story, their lifestyle and think for themselves in...
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