Civic teachers push for digital learning, NMMC to take a call
Around 50 teachers from civic schools, who had attended a digital training workshop in November, will present their skills to the education department of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC).
Following the presentation, the education department will take a call on the implementation of the digital learning programme, which the NMMC had initiated last year.
The civic body had conducted a workshop for around 500 teachers with an aim to make education more fun and learning more interactive.
A bunch of tech-savvy teachers have implemented what they were taught in the workshop and have improvised on it. This will be presented in a seminar to be held soon. “We had conducted a digital technical training for our teachers in November. In the workshop, the teachers were taught how to use basic technology such as smart phones for teaching. Today, everyone has a smartphone and we can do multiple activities with it,” said Amrish Patnigere, deputy municipal commissioner, education department of NMMC.
The teachers were asked to download few education sites and use the material for teaching students through projectors. The major concentration is on three subjects — science, mathematics and geography. Once the topics are selected, the teachers should present it to the children in an informative and fun-learning way with designs, diagrams and colourful pictures.
“To upgrade the education standards, lot of equipment and funds are required hence our basic aim is to provide quality education with whatever resources we presently have with us,” said Patnigere.
About reducing the schoolbag weight and introducing tablets to students, the official said, “We have been approached recently by few organisations to support us with tablets. But it is still in initial stages of discussion and once it is finalised, we will try to implement it in the next academic year.”
Over 38,000 students study at 68 primary and 17 secondary municipal schools across Navi Mumbai between Digha to Belapur. Officials said mobile learning was fast picking up as a tool for education globally and hence the corporation wanted to implement
the same. Officials said tablets would be introduced only for the secondary standard students with pre-loaded reading materials and no provisions have been made for internet facility as of now.