Mumbai : They listened attentively and took notes as their teachers told them the benefits of making use of technology to teach students. These sincere students were actually Principals and teachers from over 75 schools of the north Mumbai zone.
Though the training was held mostly for teachers from schools of Marathi, Hindi and Urdu mediums, principals of some English medium schools had also ‘gatecrashed’ as they called it, into the programme. Beena Lobo, principal of Karthika High School and Junior College, Kurla was one among them. “We have taken special permission to come here, out of our own interest,” she said.
A Hindi and social science teacher in the Hindi medium Sanatan Dharma Vidyalaya, Chembur said, “Lecturing children does not work. When they are involved practically the results are better. For instance, instead of telling children what freedom fighters did, it is better to show them a film. It will stay in their memory better.” Though presently her school does not have e-learning tools, it is considering taking steps in that direction, she said.
The programme was organised by the education department in The Somaiya School, Vidyavihar. While previous trainings only dealt with how to use power point presentations in e-learning, on Monday teachers were introduced to a plethora of free apps that could make learning fun. Animal 4D was one such app. A child could see the animal whose picture is on the smartphone in 3D on using the app with the animal almost popping out of the phone. The softwares demonstrated were available on open source platform and did not have to be bought.
“You can find help on google to use these apps. I learnt Photoshop and Corel Draw on youtube,” said a speaker at the session. “When you introduce a new app to students, they get more interested in the subject and also start respecting you more for the effort you are taking,” he added.