Jamshedpur, Nov. 1: The third and final day of Digital Jharkhand event concluded today. The day focused primarily on ‘Education’ and ‘Re-imagining Jamshedpur in 2025’.
The day started with a key note talk by Prof. K Rajeshwari from XLRI focusing on the ‘Future of Learning’. In her address, she emphasized on three key questions: What are the advantages of technology usage for the teaching community? What are some of the technology devices that are going to sweep changes in education? and how can we incentivize our teaching community to embrace this technological change?
She further emphasised on empowering teachers to provide more focused, personalized instructions, providing space for social and emotional learning, giving teachers a window to ‘What is working?’, reaching out to more students in more places, technology as force multiplier and finally technology as a tool to make education more affordable and economical in future. She concluded with a remark from Bill Gates, Founder Microsoft – “Technology is just a tool.
In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.”
The first panel discussion was on the topic “Learning – Current Challenges and Opportunities for Improvements” and it was chaired by Mr. Francis Castelino from Tata Technologies and the panel consisted of principals from leading schools including Mrs. Vipin Sharma from Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Mrs. Rajani Sekhar from DBMS, Mrs. Nandini Shukla from KSMS, Mrs. Puneeta Chauhan from Hill Top School, Mrs. Sunita Sinha from Gulmohar High School.
The key points of discussion and reference were: Technology is essential for improvement in learning process, but, social impact must be taken into cognizance for its boon and bane.
Parents must be made aware of technologies disruptions, its advantage and its social impact to take a balanced approach in adoption of technology and how can our teaching and learning practices maximize the promise of the digital revolution while mitigating its risks?
Interestingly, during Q&A session, students asked pertinent questions -“Why heavy school bags can’t be replaced with tablets?”; “Why are our books on computer science dated or not updated?” and “Why can’t be learning be simplified for easier consumption of knowledge?”
The second panel discussion was on the topic “Future of Learning – Digital Disruptions and Innovations” and was chaired by Mr. Anurag Agnihotri from Tata Steel and the panel consisted of leading professionals and academicians including Mr. D Sengupta, Ex-VP from Tata Steel, Prof. (Dr.) Ashis Pani from XLRI, Mr. S. K. Singh from Tata Steel, Mr. Sarajit Jha, Tata Steel and Mark Ferguson from PSI Metals, Germany.
The key points of discussion and reference were: What constitutes deep, relevant, and engaging learning in traditional methods of learning vis-a-vis digital disruption in learning? How can we create learning environment that prepare us for self-paced continuous and improvement driven learning, reaching masses through virtual labs, bringing expert to learner’s access devices? Will current schools be able to adapt and incorporate the new power of technology driven learning for the next generation of public schooling?
The session emphasized on home schooling, work place learning, distance learning, virtual learning platforms, which will have cumulative effect of all these innovations to extend learning throughout life and over many avenues.
The programme concluded with presentation from top 3 entries by students on topic “Re-imagining Jamshedpur in 2025” followed by prize distribution to top three entries for ‘Slideshow’ and ‘Billboard’ competition organized on the topic of “Re-imagining Jamshedpur in 2025”.
Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya Team won the first prize in slideshow competition followed by DBMS English School. The winners of Billboard event was Valley View School Team followed by DBMS English School Team and Dayanand Public School Team.
The event was widely attended and well received by students, parents and academia community apart from professionals from various walks of life.