It's not everyday that you get to meet and hear women pioneers who are confidently breaking stereotypes in their vocations, but with WITI it's possible. WITI India hosted another spectacular event, "Technology Driven Education in 2021" on Thursday, 28th January, with speakers Neeru Khosla, co-founder of CK -12 foundation, which has been providing quality customizable K -12 free education, and Kavitha Rajamani, Chief Architect, product engineering, SAP Labs, for whom teaching is a practiced passion, and moderated by Arya Murali, WITI India Program Head.
A major education evolution has happened in 2020. The pandemic has lifted education from the classrooms and brought it onto electronic devices. Though our kids have seemed to catch up with this change, are they learning the right way?
Important questions were raised and answered during the panel discussion. Here's a brief summary:
1.Uncompromise on the Non-compromisables
There are some concepts in Mathematics and Science which are vital for a child to understand. Neeru says that these concepts should be addressed and conveyed by the teacher at any cost. We teach a lot because we know a lot. The child doesn't need to be spoon-fed knowledge but rather should know how to apply it.
2.Where's the discipline?
There has been an upsurge in the number of educational platforms that aim to make education fun. Still, as Kavitha says, "While the child gets entertained, at the end of the day they must have learned the concept."
3.Technology is just an enabler
Complete dependence on technology is not the solution for future generations. A child's natural curiosity and hunger shouldn't be lost in this process. Neeru stresses that technology should be used in maintaining the continuity of education, such as the return of exam papers or doubt solving. Teachers should strive to maintain the classroom environment as much as possible and not artificialize the teaching-learning system.
4.In the end, parents have a role too
The parents have to shift between the roles of nudgers and cheerleaders. To make the change as active as possible, the parents need to understand the way their children are responding to it and communicate with the teachers. The holistic and growth shouldn't be left behind and given as much importance.
The event concluded with breakout rooms where the attendees got a chance to pitch themselves before the speakers and also get mentored by them one on one.Watch this space for information on future events: https://witi.com/networks/india/events/
If you would like to speak at an event, please reach out to Arya Murali, Network Director, India at firstname.lastname@example.org
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