Category: School Education
Sub Category: Innovation In Pedagogical Practices
Reference No. WES2014/awards/462
Details of the Applicant:
Name: Uma Ramachandran
Organization: Indus World School
Details of Programme /Project/Initiative:
The innovative pedagogical approaches at IWS are collectively clubbed under two broad heads – Indus Practices and innovative use of technology. The Indus Practices aids socio-emotional development of the child and the technology integration helps in curriculum transaction, assessment and monitoring the learning levels of children. The Practices include emotional corners in class, home visits by mentors, starting the day by setting the agenda and ending the day with a closure, QCT (Quality Circle Time) which encourages self discipline and self esteem, IKT (Indus Know Thyself) which is a goal setting exercise. The children at IWS learn to use a programming language – Scratch- from an early age. Each child from grade 4 onwards uses an educational tablet. The movies are like a personal ‘Smart Class’. The children use the tabs to take diagnostic tests. The online learning platform ‘Compassbox’ has a number of tests for the children to practice. Language integrates music. The children of IWS have set the poems in their Hindi textbook to music and we have released the CDs. These form a part of the child’s courseware. Video Conferencing (VC) connects the children across our sister schools. Subject experts use VC for arranging lectures but the main use of VC is teacher training and sharing of resources. Currently the children are taking introductory classes for Mandarin. Resource persons in Beijing are conducting these classes over VC.
At Indus we want every child to learn and achieve her/his potential. In order to achieve this we have a progressive approach to curriculum transaction. We are a 21st Century skill enabler school so we look at developing life skills as a part of every moment at school. So we use IT in all our school academic transactions, we have our Indus Practices for skill as well as socio-emotional development and we cater to the Multiple Intelligences as well.On one hand we have educational tablets for each child and balancing this, we released our own musical CD where the poems in the Hindi textbook have been set to music and sung by the children. The unique feature is that all this is in-house: our children management and mentors have worked at all of these.
Target Group: Children and parents
Geographical Reach within India: Across India
Geographical Reach outside India: n/a
Date From which the Project became Operational: 14-8-2008
Is the Project still operational?: Yes
List 5 achievements of the programme/project/initiative:
1. Indus Practices help in socio-emotional development of children. The practices help children as these help in developing life skills : decision making, collaborative thinking, conflict resolution.
2. Google Apps have helped in effective communication channels. This has also help in reducing the use of paper as most of the school documents like Syllabus Planners, Weekly Planners, Home Assignment.
3. Tablets have helped children in taking learning beyond the text as the level of the mapped content is not a repetition of the text but is more application based. The reflections done by children po.
4. The diagnostic tests give instant analysis to the mentor – child wise as well as student wise. This helps the mentor in plugging the gaps and take up class remediation as well as plan for individua.
5. Compassbox eLearning system keeps children engaged with learning beyond school hours. The children take the basic, advanced and mastery level tests and the gaming zone concept makes learning fun.
List 5 Key challenges faced while implementing the project/programme/initiative and how they were overcome:
1. Aligning the mentors and staff to the programme needs ongoing training. This happens and has helped the schools to keep the Faculty Development Programme very active.
2. When the Programme was initiated there was a challenge of getting the parents to use internet at home (in cities other than metros) but this has seen rapid changes as the idea caught on.
3. Developing the tests on compassbox was done by forming a core team within the school system, this makes the product completely indigenous.
4.To carry forward the methodology and ideology we have a rigorous Faculty Development Programme.
5.We set up a practice of taking feedback to keep our programme on track