Civic teach­ers push for dig­i­tal learn­ing, NMMC to take a call

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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