Traditionally, school education has always been a one-way interaction and the medium of learning was largely restricted to textbooks and blackboards. Many schools also have a dedicated computer lab, but mostly allowed to use only during practical sessions for the classes which have computer studies as a subject. However, over the last few years, traditional learning has been under the scanner from academicians, parents and policymakers for its lacklustre teaching methods.
Today, technology and innovative pedagogy models have made it possible to make classroom education much more fun, exciting and appealing than conventional textbooks. These modern techniques can engage students more effectively and hold children’s attention span for longer. This is called interactive learning. It makes students active learners instead of passive learners. It encourages them to think, explore and experiment. From a teacher’s perspective too, interactive learning breaks the monotony of teaching experiences and become a facilitator than an instructor.
Audio-visual teaching aids stimulate the senses of students and give them a more realistic insight into learning. Schools should make conscious efforts to equip classrooms with computers, projector screens, other audio-visual devices and internet connections to leverage them on-demand.
Role play empower children to deal with bullying and other problematic social transactions. As children engage in role playing, they will gain key insights and dev elop life-skills such as empathy and critical thinking.
Debates, Group Discussions and Buzz Sessions
Encourage them to participate in debates or group discussions on a particular topic in the classroom. In these sessions they learn to structure their thoughts, construct explanations and present arguments. It develops their critical thinking, collaboration/teamwork and communication skills.
Tours can give them a close and personal glimpse of the issues in their real or natural environment. The knowledge acquired on educational visits goes beyond textbooks and enables context-based learning.
Role play, Drama and mind games
Role play and drama are immensely beneficial techniques to make academics engaging and memorable. Role plays and drama motivates them to get out of their comfort zone and become more alert to understand what’s being taught to them.
Incidental learning refers to learning that occurs naturally. In the classrooms, teachers can encourage incidental learning by presenting real-life problems, situations or incidents and ask students to find workable solutions.
Learning by doing/Hands-on projects
There is no better teacher than experience. Science fundamentals can be best taught through experiments and computer theories should be supplemented with practical training on computers. The basic idea is to engage students by involving them in experiential activities.
Schools can develop creativity, design thinking, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership skills among students only by cultivating a culture of innovation.