Re-thinking Education with Use of Technology: Prospects and Challenges
Department of School and Non-Formal Education, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, India.
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It is now widely recognized with regret, that despite several governmental attempts, educational outcomes of children in schools have been falling. At the same time, there is also ample evidence, now available that indicates that technology-based models of teaching-learning have the power to radically improve education outcomes, albeit these remain only as ‘islands of innovation’. Therefore, a need of the hour is to move towards a sustainable ‘systemic reform’. This paper offers a model on how to integrate technology in education and details out five elements for such a conceptual framework needed to move in this direction. Firstly, for a sustainable, affordable and manageable ‘systemic reform’, it is necessary to make simultaneous changes in curriculum, pedagogy, school organization, student evaluation, professional development/orientation of teachers, administrators, parents and community representatives. Secondly, what is needed is a re-conceptualization of concepts of learning, schooling, quity, quality and society. Thirdly, a detailed understanding of nuances of integrating technology in education is imperative. Fourthly, a plan of action needs to be chalked out at the state/district level outlining the role of all stake-holders and pattern of their partnerships. Fifth and the last element is the most critical and involves learning and collaborating with existing models, one such example being CLIx by Tata Trusts, so as to adapt the same to the local needs and special conditions of J&K.