Educating students in the 21st century is one of the challenges that the we need to embrace with joy. Everything is changing due to technology. This change also includes the way we learn and teach our students. Educators in the 21st century can no longer hold on to the concept of “one size fits all”. Learners are the key in the educational revolution. They are leading the change, and redefining learning experiences of both teachers and students.
In the ideal 21st century classroom, learners are actually excited about going to school, because everyone is eager to learn. They are children of a global world; they receive and transmit information globally. Tools like audio and video change the way that learning takes place and how homework is carried out. The ability to collaborate, go global, work in teams, to think critically, creatively look for new solutions, develop an attitude of entrepreneurship, communicate clearly, awareness on digital literacy and the importance of leaving positive digital foot prints are vital.
TWA has implemented the iPad learning programme in Middle School. iPads in the classroom bring education to life in a whole new way. This interactive technology makes learning engaging and memorable.
Enabling technology by the use of the iPad actively in the teaching / learning process creates personalized learning, engages students in creative and diverse ways, enables them as problem solvers, communicators and transforms the learner cycle to move from dependent learners to interested, involved and self-directed lifelong learners.
The curriculum in the classroom is designed to incorporate many skills and intelligence levels, and makes use of technology and multimedia. The lessons are based on project based learning. The iPad has helped us to ignite the passion of learning and curiosity in young minds. It has changed our mode of communication between the teacher and the learner, we bring in the culture of blended classroom, of having a transition between the traditional method of teaching and digital mode of teaching and learning. We also encourage the idea of flipped classroom, online project submissions, and digital textbooks to reduce the load on the backpack. Security is a major concern for us, and we have installed Firewalls and other measures to keep students safe on the network.
Green classrooms and focus on environmental issues is central to our education. Paperless classrooms would be ideal, but we are not ready to let go of paper yet completely. Learners will carry on learning at home and over holidays, and they will have the resources they need to keep learning no matter where they are.