An emerging trend with schools in India is the use of latest gadgets for enhancing the learning experience for its students. Several schools in the sub-continent are using high-tech gadgets and educational applications to engage students in learning at the primary level.
Even children below 7 are introduced to these new technologies so that they will not have difficulty in effectively using such facilities at a later age. Most children are familiar with smartphones, iPads and iPods. Teachers find it easy to communicate educational topics with the support of audio-visual content and useful applications.
DPS Surat is one of the schools in India which has successfully integrated the use of iPads for educational purposes.GR Sivakumar, Principal of DPS Surat claims that his students did not have any problem adapting to technology. He added that in this digital age, technology is helping students to engage in a positive way with even the toughest subjects.
This format of education is helping all categories of students to learn more flexibly. Difficult subjects like mathematics could be learned effectively with the use of technology. Apple has released a lot of education related applications which is helping schools in making education more interesting. DPS Surat implemented the use of technology in the curriculum through several phases. In the beginning, teachers were trained for handling high tech gadgets. Then students were introduced to the new system of technology integrated education.
The Canadian International School (CIS) introduced class VIII and above students to iPads about a year ago. Since then the school has been witnessing impressive changes in the way the students have been grasping core subjects. The school sees iPad as a learning tool which gives the students a competitive advantage to succeed in the world. Universal Education Group, another reputed educational organization has been allowing primary level students to learn using Apple gadgets in a controlled environment for the past two years.
More educational institutions in the country are starting to recognize the benefits of technology supported education. Hopefully in the near future, education system in our country will upgrade itself to match with the systems in US and Europe.