A New Era of Schooling
How is teaching & learning being carried out at IIT Kharagpur’s campus schools?
Schooling has entered a new era with ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown. As contact classrooms have been shut down, schools across India are reinventing the educational system. Blackboards, benches, workbooks have been replaced by computers, smartphones, video lectures, conferencing applications, assignment modules.
There are three schools on the campus upto higher secondary level and one school upto its primary section. The schools have gone digital since March 21, 2020. DAV Model School and Kendriya Vidyalas share the experiences with The Kgp Chronicle.
DAV Model School at IIT Kharagpur started online classes March 27 keeping in view the disrupted academic calendar due to the ongoing pandemic. The school has facilitated online classes through Zoom App, YouTube, ePathshala, Diksha, NDLI resources, Tata classedge, Snap Homework app, forming Whatsapp groups while assignments are being regularly uploaded on the school’s website.
“It is the time when students need the teachers, their ‘second parents’, to protect and take care of their tender minds and unknown apprehensions. Team DAV Model School IIT Kharagpur has taken up the challenge to the extent that not just academic disciplines but even creative classes such as dance, music, art and craft, and yoga are being conducted on online mode,” said Principal Lopa Chatterjee.
The School is also recommending resources from the National Digital Library of India developed by IIT Kharagpur.
“We are sharing text and reference materials from NDLI which students. Both teachers and students have been using this platform extensively,” added Lopa Chatterjee.
Another school on campus, Kendriya Vidyalaya IIT Kharagpur, is also conducting classes on various online modes, sharing video lessons and assignments. The school is using free e-resources such as NROER, DIKSHA, SWAYAM, SWAYAM PRABHA, NPTEL, NCERT and NIOS. WhatsApp groups are used significantly for doubt clearing sessions.
“The link to all these apps/websites have been provided to students and teachers through Vidyalaya website for their optimum use by them. Some materials on Creative and Critical Thinking Skills, Program for International Students Assessment have been uploaded on the Vidyalaya website for exposure and practice of students under supervision of teachers. We are also in the process of exploring other means and methods for conducting online live classes by our teachers,” said Principal Bal.
Both the schools have prepared separate time table for online teaching which is being updated on the websites of the respective schools.