BENGALURU: Intense competition in the education sector has made schools more innovative, education experts said at the session at the Mentor Conclave 2015 on Monday.
They said that the future of education lay in personalisation of lessons and adopting technological solutions.
Avnita Bir, Director Principal of R N Podar School, Mumbai, said that student demands of the modern day has necessitated changes at all levels. “The Biggest threat for schools is being complacent about the practices adopted. Schools should constantly look out for new practices around the world, so as to implement them in schools and make the learning experience better,” she said.
Noting that personalisation based on needs of individual students was an important aspect of education in the future, she said that differentiated instruction practices will go a long way towards improving standards of teaching in schools.
Reforming the education sector in India would be difficult if technological solutions are not implemented in the classroom, said Dr Farooq Ahmed Wasil, CEO, Goldline Education, UAE. He said that school managements and teachers should design lessons based on the requirement of 21st century students. “In order to ensure the same, lot of changes are required in the existing setup. Teachers should learn the use of apps and devices to deliver lessons well to their students,” he said.
Vinaayaka Kalletla, Founder of Abhyasa International Residential School, Hyderabad, said that comparison of children should be avoided, both in schools and homes. In order to bring out the latent talents of
children, students of a school must be allowed to participate in all extra-curricular activities. “The principle is applied as part of ‘No Child Left Behind’ policy at Abhyasa. Providing multiple opportunities to students is also essential for their development,” he said.
During the first day of the two-day conclave, sessions on learning in action, transdisciplinary learning and others were held. On the final day, sessions on similar issues will be held for representatives of schools from around the country.