Digital India..Oops… Digital education

“​21st Century Education won’t be defined by any new technology. It won’t be just defined by 1:1 technology programs or tech-intensive projects. 21st Century Education will, however, be defined by a fundamental shift in what we are teaching – a shift towards learner-centred education and creating creative thinkers. – Karl Fisch”

Before the birth of independent India, the literacy rate in the country was only 12%. She has improved a lot to take this mere 12% to 74%. But is it enough? Not really! The average world literacy rate is 84%. So there must be ways through which we can take this rate above 84%. We must light up the dark corners of Indian education by the torch of knowledge. Although several programmes like “SARVA SIKHSA ABHIJAN” have been undertaken by the government, it is not enough to truly educate the vast Indian population.

The education sector must witness a revolution by means of digitalization. Through digitalization, Indian economy can become as developed as that of United States. We must provide the scope of digital education to the poorest of the poor residing in the most remote part of India. India has two sides that are “BHARAT” and “INDIA”. These two sides or in other words, this dual economy must move hand in hand, if not merged together. If we can grow interest amongst the children from every nook and corner of the country in digital lifestyle, then those children one day might become someone very famous.

I once asked my friend, who is studying undergraduate in economics that ‘do you think India should opt digital education where half of the people are below poverty line?’ she said that ‘if the below poverty line people can use smart phones, they can also get adapted to digital education’

Let’s analyse the Entrepreneurial approach of this case. Some of the people residing in the villages believe that internet and technology will ruin the character of their children. So first they need to be taught that internet and technology can provide them with various opportunities if treated properly. The common people should collaborate with the government and organise camps where the elderly people should be educated about the advantages and the scope of digital education and lifestyle. If they can be persuaded, they will automatically opt for digital education for their children too. This is one of the possible way in which Indian education can be made advanced. Next up, we should help the government in setting up E-Vidyalyas in the darkest corners of the country. Urban India can become the torch bearer of digitisation and help rural India to flourish our literacy rate. If this agro economic structure becomes fully digitised then India can become a leading economic power apart from a leading literate country. This cyclic process should be inculcated and introduced from this very moment itself. Thirdly, if reliance can give free internet to so many people for a period of 6 months, then we believe business tycoons like them can help the government in giving away free laptops, smart phones and other gadgets. We have to approach both the government and the businessman with the well planned programme for the cycle of digitalization.

We have devised five strategies to inculcate digital education amongst us

Instead of the debts and redemption; we should find digital tools that promote analyzing and synthesizing information, like most problem solving tools. This will not only help your students succeed in academic testing, but it will help teachers satisfy each skill in the DIGITAL ECONOMIC MODEL.

Allowing students to create their own content gives them the freedom to communicate their own ideas in a creative way to build their personal curriculum. Producing multimedia stories, using social media for learning, and publishing blogs are a few elements that can make-up an incredible school project.

The only way to know for sure that an application or program will meet your student’s academic goals is by engaging with the app yourself. Explore education apps that may work well with your lesson plans, and test them the way you would ask your students to use them. Will they keep students engage? Does it clearly explain the concept you are trying to teach? Answering these questions will help you in choosing the right tools for your classroom.

It’s like choosing Facebook which is very lucrative but without the addiction part.

To promote independence and ownership, show your students they can authoritatively speak about a topic to a devoted community. The internet encourages local and global communities to discuss a variety of topics—let your students jump in!

For instance conducting a lesson on digital citizenship(

The use of technology in education is only as effective as the teacher integrating it into the classroom. Professional development can ease the transition of technology in the classroom, and get both teacher and student excited about all the opportunities it presents to the learning environment

Narendra Modi once said I dream of a digital India where quality education reaches the most inaccessible corners driven by digital learning. Each and every educational institute must be given primary education in digitization using technologies and devices. Every city, village or classroom must become SMART. A network of Hindi software must be created so that the elementary education can be made easy. Then gradually children can shift from Hindi to English.

We think digital education is therefore a must for the growth and development of rural as well as urban India and most importantly the Indian economy. For years we have not succeeded as we hoped by adapting mid day meal schemes, scholarships, educational projects. WHY DONT WE TRY SOMETHING NEW? MAY BE ONE DAY, INDIA WOULD TURN UP TO BE THE MOST LITERATE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

“There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.” – Nancy Kassebaum
FROM,

IRAVATI RAY

And

SAYAN BASAK

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