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Touch and learn
Schools in the country are using applications made for Apple in order to engage students in learning at the primary level. Children less than seven years old are using technology in a way, which was never fathomed earlier.
From cellphones to iPods and iPads, young children are using technology to learn and move ahead.
GR Sivakumar, principal, DPS Surat who has already introduced the students of the primary section to iPads in his school for the last two years is of the opinion that students at a young age do not have any problem adapting to technology.
“This is the digital age. Technology now is helping students engage in a positive way with subjects that have not been confident about. It is inclusive and enables all categories of students to learn more flexibly. The fine motors skills of the children develop become with ‘touch.’ It allows students to study through features such as voice recognition where students say what they want to and the words get typed on their own, etc,” says Sivakumar.
He further says that subjects like mathematics become fun when learnt through technology. The Apple product thankfully has many applications, which can be used to help children understand the different concepts. “There is a software which has interactive books, stories, etc, that makes reading all the more interesting. In the next five years, it is likely that students in cities will carry ipads/Macs and laptops to school.”
Talking about how they implemented the idea at the primary level in school, Sivakumar says that it was done in a phase. “We did not implement the idea in a rush. We trained our teachers first and then we moved on to the students. We also talked to the parents and got them involved. The teachers have their own iPads and they create digital content for the students,” he informs.
The Canadian International School (CIS) has introduced the students of class VIII and above to iPads about a year ago. “We thought of introducing this concept to students in grade VIII because we felt that they have already had exposure with technology from a very young age, in the form of TV, games, mobiles,” says Joshua Brinn, IT integrationist, Canadian International School.
“The iPad is a new tool for learning. CIS offers a 1:1 iPad integrated learning programme to students. We believe we can leverage the benefits of technology in education to give our students a competitive advantage to succeed in the world,” adds Shweta Sastri, executive director, Canadian International School.
The Universal Education Group also has been allowing the primary level students to learn through Apple gadgets in a controlled environment for the past two years. “We have recognised the need to integrate technology with traditional learning. Earlier, appropriate infrastructure wasn’t there, but with internet, there are many sites such as Youtube, etc that actively engage students. Using technology helps students relate to topics, recall and absorb things that are taught through the audio-visual mode,” says Jesus Lall, chairman, CEO, Universal Education Group.
“We have a bank of about 1,000 applications and our teachers are expected to look out for new products that would be meaningful to students. We are using user-friendly applications to help children. We as a country need to adopt the latest technology, otherwise we will be left behind,” concludes Sivakumar.

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NOV
2012

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