As students, parents, educators and law makers get dissatisfied with the state of education, there is shift towards relying on innovation’s key tenets, collaboration and experimentation to find better strategies to educate generation next.
As students, parents, educators and law makers get dissatisfied with the state of education and its inability to prepare students for a tech savvy and increasingly connected tomorrow, there is shift towards relying on innovation’s key tenets, collaboration and experimentation — to find better strategies to educate generation next.
Though one has heard of “Crowd funding” and other such collaborative efforts, some European cities have reached out to neighborhoods and involved them in “crowd sourcing” solutions to the current educational systems. The primary pay off of collaboration is perspective.
When you open yourself to the opinions of others it allows you to approach challenges through a different lens and gain insights that you could have missed from your singular vantage point. It also provides the perspective necessary to introduce, evaluate and validate ideas. Innovation is a group effort and technology is only the platform that supports it and in education this becomes even more important as it impacts the next generation.
Educational workshops, today, no longer have fixed agendas with stipulated outcomes but encourage collaborative approaches to finding solutions with moderators who only guide the sessions and not rule them. People no longer have to be in the same room to collaborate, innovative use of technology makes it possible to sit in different continents and time zones and yet collaborate.
Taking a cue from the success of the lean start up model in product development education has also moved towards experimentation and opened its doors to new technologies and approaches to learning. Educational pilot programmes and start up schools encourage an experimental landscape for new ideas to be vetted by students and parents willing to take a chance and educators and technologists committed to continuous improvement.
The benefits of starting innovation in education with the lean start up methodology and built in scalability reduces the risks financial and others for other players to venture into the model. In the quest for changing education mired in 19th century methods, creating a strong business case for change is an important first step. Minimized risk is especially important with the high stakes of children’s future.
Collaboration and experimentation in education is a solution to reinventing education. This is playing itself out in classrooms of innovative schools in the form of ‘hands on learning’ and experimentation often used in conjunction with STEAM ( Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) programmes that fuel students interest in learning the sciences but allowing them to think creatively, act autonomously and challenge themselves to invent new things.
With a variety of new softwares available in the market, more than 100,000 schools and colleges in India have immediately taken over various forms of these technology softwares.
The process of digitisation in the field of education is emerging at a very fast pace in India. New technologies are being adopted quickly by private schools so as to satisfy the educational needs put forward by the GenNext students. Digital tools are extensively being used to enhance the system of education in rural India.
PM Modi’s emphasis on the Digital India campaign is going to increase the scope of technology in the country. It aims to ensure better connectivity and maximise the potential of India’s demographic dividend.
Adaptability, a key 21st century skill, lies at the heart of INNOVATION and its core principles, collaboration and experimentation. In adopting these tenets education is experiencing a cultural shift towards a willingness and ability to change at the same pace as the world around it and this is a brilliant step towards evolution. INNOVATION shall forge this merger, there is no other way!
Source : The Paras World School