Digital Age of Learning: Building an environment to prepare our students for an ever-changing IT-driven world of the Future
Al Wahda Private School believes in forecasting the future and preparing its students for that future. One of the fastest changes that we have seen over the past couple of decades has been the advancement in IT entering our lives at an ever-increasing speed. We believe that this change will become increasingly rapid and therefore increasingly difficult to forecast. We have therefore committed ourselves to imparting skills to our children that would make them capable of dealing with an ever-changing world.
The school uses a whole range of software in the class for Teaching and Learning, for independent and group research, for assessment, recording, analysis and reporting. All this is ably supported by a robust digital infrastructure. For a beginning, we have strengthened the passage of information and learning from the cloud to the hands of our students. The core communications infrastructure pathway at our school includes access to high-speed internet bandwidth, robust wifi networking throughout the school, laptop-cum-tablet devices used by each teacher, Interactive Panels and finally Tablets in the hands of each and every student in the classroom.
Digital Literacy and Technology plays a big role in developing all of these characteristics for our modern classrooms. Our SMART classrooms enhance the learning experience and prepare students for higher education and the workforce.
The focus of a 21st -century classroom is on our students experiencing the environment they will evolve as modern-day workers by developing their higher order thinking skills, effective communication skills and collaboration skills, which will make them adept at using technology and all other skills that they will need in the 21st century workplace.
Student-Centric Classroom environments put students’ interests first and are focused on each student’s needs, abilities and learning styles. Our students play an active role in their learning and teachers serve as mere guides. They are more facilitators of learning than lecturers. They help students think critically and learn by doing and act as a resource while their students discover and master new concepts.
– Computing devices
Computers are readily available in our modern classrooms since they are essential tools for 21st-century students and replace the utilities of pen and paper. They not only give students the means to conduct online research and master the technology skills they need, but they also give teachers the opportunity to enhance their lessons. The ability to deftly operate a computer is a critical 21st-century skill. Computing devices greatly assist in teaching and learning and make them more engaging and effective.
– Active learning
In our modern classrooms, students are actively engaged in what they learn. Students participate in more active learning by working in groups or on computers and complete projects and other interesting activities that help them discover new skills. Students can learn actively by talking and listening, writing, reading and reflecting. When students are encouraged to take an active interest in learning, they are more likely to retain the knowledge they’ve accumulated.
– Adaptive learning
Any classroom will always have students of different types of learning abilities in it which often makes it difficult for teachers to make sure that all of them understand the concepts. The modern approach to adaptive learning gives students the freedom to learn at their own pace and in the way they are most comfortable with. There are various kinds of software available for adaptive learning that teachers can use to enhance the learning of their students.
– Responsibility of their learning
As students are encouraged to actively participate in their own learning, they become responsible for their learning. Self-directed students not only encourage each other but also work with their teacher to achieve academic and behavioral goals that they themselves have helped establish. Teachers should employ a variety of strategies to promote responsible decision-making and create self-reliant students.
– Performance-based assessments
Regular performance-based assessments are carried out by teachers through various methods which are not restricted to tests. These can be by conducting quizzes and polls. Teachers can utilize projects as well as other products and performances as assessments to determine student achievements and needs. Assessments are tailored to the abilities and needs of the students.
– Collaborative learning
Learning through collaboration is one of the most effective forms of learning. Teaching and learning in isolation are very restrictive and hinder progress. Learning in groups enhances the scope of learning and develops critical thinking. Collaborative learning activities include collaborative writing, group projects, joint problem solving, debates and more. Collaborative learning redefines traditional student-teacher relationship in the classroom. Our SMART classrooms ensure this all.