EDUtPRO 2012: Tech Transformation in Education

EDUtPRO 2012: Tech Transformation in Education

by Madanmohan Rao
Editor, The KM Chronicles
Hyderabad: December 14, 2012

Logging in from #EDUtPRO India 2012: Using Breakthrough Technologies to Transform Education
Arundhati Ghosh, IIFA: Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. (Socrates)
Questions to Poonam Singh Jamwal, Extramarks: Can tech teach skills/knowledge or just trigger them?
Q: How to make up for lack of access to nature for kids in urban Indian schools?
Q: Are Indian teachers willing and able to learn from students about ICTs?
Looking forward to my sessions on (i) enterprise learning/#KM (ii) digital re-definitions of classrooms!
My message to the audience: check out how Indian startups are re-shaping education: and EduSparks!
Saahil Sood, Teach for India: We want teachers with the best minds and hearts. Inspired teachers are as important as inspired students
Shefali Jhaveri: Canadian International School, Bangalore: tablet uses in classrooms: iTunesU, iBooks, Qwiki, EdModo, Scribble Press
Q: How to give students a sense of focus, priorities for what they do online instead of frivolous activities?

My session — Best practices in Tech Transformations:
Social media usage:
Level I: filter, rate, tag, relay
Level II: social profiling, social networking
Level III: remix, modify, mashup
Level IV: compose original content, applications
Level V: collaboratively create content, applications
Level VI: online + offline
Tech can help students in collaborative activities, peer-rating/ranking, asking questions (not just answering them)
ICT metrics in education: activity, process, knowledge, people, organisation, business
Educ 1.0: transforming resources, Educ 2.0: transforming activities, Educ 3.0: transforming roles
Children should learn role/importance of trust, safety, ethics, relevance, focus in cyberspace
How Indian #startups are transforming education: gamification, cloud solutions, interactive e-books, test preparation, integration
EduSparks startups identified by – BrainNook, DreamNotion, MangoReader, OliveBoard, RedBytes, SharpEdge
Digital education: Manthan/mBillionth award winners: ILFS/Sparsh, Kisan Sanchar, BBC Janala, NIOS Online, CLT e-Patshala, M-Pustak

Harish Chaudhry, IIT Delhi, jokes that “Smart Boards” have made the boards smarter but not the students!
Can ICTs help develop attentive listening, discussing, debating, discussing, skills developed by drill, self-development
The computer is a tool, but the teacher is the magic. Both have a role to play.
There is no evidence to show that schools with significant ICT investments have shown better results or produced better human beings
Main role of teacher is to inspire, motivate and empower. Students’ criticism should be more than spellchecking
ICTs help visualisation, show trend analysis, expand school’s resources, reduce class wastage of time in drawing diagrams
ICTs can produce more informed teachers, parents, principals; track student progress across years/subjects/concepts/teachers

Udai Lauria, President, CRISP, jokes that learning is also about ‘earning!’
Children are living in times of unprecedented exponential change. And we accuse them of getting bored in schools!
The 21st Century teacher has to be a collaborator, risk taker, thought leader, networker
21st century calls for critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity
CRISP: Consortium for Research in School Pedagogy
UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers

Arundhati Ghosh, Deputy Director – India Foundation for Arts, jokes that teachers are expected to create super-kids these days!
ICTs can be used to enhance arts (music, theatre, film, heritage, customs)
Arts = human context; connects us to our past and will connect to the future.
What arts offer: impulse, inspiration, instinct, passion
IFA works with government school teachers in Karnataka, and students of IIM Bangalore
Managers should look not just at managerial issues but art and creativity in problem solving.
Find your self and pursue your calling. Art education can help you integrate the personal and professional
Some see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not

Anjum Babakhan- Director Education, Glendale Academy: The Practical Application of Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner)
The more ways you teach, the more children you reach
India still has ‘industrial age hangover’ in education: assembly line metaphor, one size fits all
Adults in the digital age need even more education/skilling than youth (digital immigrants v/s natives!)
Multiple Intelligences chart: Verbal, logical, visual, spatial, bodily, musical, intrapersonal, interpersonal, naturalist
Knowledge is experience, everything else is just information (Einstein)
Intelligences: Analytical, Introspective, Interactive
As @MadanRao mentioned, encourage blogging/tweeting to start journey in creative writing
Verbal (writers, journos), logical (engineers, accountants, law), visual/spatial (designers, planners), bodily (surgeons, athletes, dancers), musical (rhythmic), intrapersonal (philosophers, counselors), interpersonal (social: teachers, politicians, leaders, facilitators, therapists), naturalist (farmers, botanists, conservationists)
Use ICTs to create more pathways to learning
India will have the largest proportion of young people in the world, we have to address their creativity in every way possible
Anjum shows how each intelligence type leads to different professions/careers, and how each can be taught in school
My Q to Anjum: How do these multiple intelligences change over time, with growth? Nature v/s nurture v/s evolution

Day One of #EDUtPRO wraps up; Day Two and next year/city’s editions also seem terrific!
Thanks to Syed Khaleel and team for a superb job with #EDUtPRO!
May a million digital activists bloom and blossom in India… :-)


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