Education, like any other industry in India, has been growing on the back of a young population and over all effort to improve literacy. Traditional pedagogical techniques, based on a teacher explaining a topic and students noting down, is still the most common method of teaching. However, educators and schools should make all efforts to develop curiosity and creativity in students. This is a dire need, if we want our kids to be prepared for future jobs.
A number of different teaching methods have been tried by different schools. However, most of the schools are stuck, as they believe that these teaching techniques are only for so-called elite schools. I personally believe that even the smallest schools should be able to use the modern teaching methods to inculcate appropriate abilities in kids. I have discussed 7 such teaching methods below, which integrate simple and cheap technology into education for better outcomes.
- Case Studies : This method is based on trying to find a solution of real-life cases through brainstorming, group discussion and innovative ideas. This technique was often used in my MBA class to analyze real cases experienced by companies in the past. And I am sure this can be used to impart learning in a much better way even to youngsters. It, of course, will require some pre-work by the teacher to connect the concept to be taught in the class with real-life situations where this concept shows up or is used. Experts at TutMe can help subscribing educational institutes do this effectively.
- Flipped activity – This is the simplest yet most effective thing you can do in your class. So what does the flipped activity mean – The Flipped Classroom activity involves encouraging students to prepare for a lesson before the same is dicussed/ taught in the class. Thus, the class creates an involving environment in which students delve deeper into what they have already studied. Students prepare a topic at home so that the class the next day can be devoted to answering any questions they have about the topic. This helps students to involve in learning making it an inclusive process.
- Gamify Education – Learning through the use of games is one of the teaching methods that is quite prevalent especially in elementary and preschool education. By creating games around the content that has to be learnt, teachers can make soaking of information by students simple and effective.This needs preparation, but once done the same routine can be repeated. TutMe helps you and make suggestions for gamifying Science and Maths content.
- Explore surroundings – We have all heard about Shantiniketan experiment by Guru Rabindranath Tagore. The reason why they had classes into open was for students to explore, observe and learn. This method of learning used intelligently can deliver excellent results across age groups and subjects. Also, this is a time when students learn without realising they are learning and therefore, those students who feel threatened by books deliver excellent results when your learning strategy involves this.
- Self-paced learning – In the rush to attain high marks, we sometimes push our students towards rote learning. But is that delivering any results which will prepare them for future jobs. A self paced learning, where student has been given tools and then left to explore on his own works very well.Tutme has modules where a teacher can assign projects and study material to students who can explore these at their preferred time and at their pace. This helps them learn at their own pace without any student getting intimidated by pace of teaching.Conceptually mind maps is a starting point for this also. Educators can create a theme on a Mind Map and let the students develop it further.
- Online learning tools – Internet is full of tools, both free and paid, which are amazing for learning. However, this process should be strictly guided by teachers, else, it might do more harm than good for students’ learning. There are tools like online quizzes on TutMe to help educators use the same without any hassle and integrate it with daily learning routine.
- Social Media in Classroom – Social media is a great tool to remain connected and to help everyone show their specific capabilities. Yes, there has been a negative connotation associated with Social media. However, if used under guidance, this could be a great enabler for learning. In fact, the forums on TutMe or similar other places can let everyone contribute to solve everyone else’s problem, irrespective of which institution one is associated with.
I am sure today’s classrooms will have to look different from yesterday’s classrooms. The advent of technology – simple, powerful and affordable makes it simple to achieve. Immersive experiences help children become not only better learners but also great world citizens. Go give it a try!