Archive - March 2019

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Why should students develop the habit of reading books?
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How is technology integrated into the teaching curriculum?

Why should students develop the habit of reading books?

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”

— W. Somerset Maugham

All of us have heard in our lives that reading a book can take us to a different horizon or a parallel universe, where the imaginations of the writer are vividly captured by the reader. However, the larger question to dwell upon is, when in today’s world Facebook and Twitter have become the messengers of information and knowledge, why is it still important for us to read in conventional ways like we used to before this technological revolution? How does reading help one grow as an individual and most importantly how does the habit of reading shapes up the future of a student?

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Warren Buffet devotes 80% of his daily routine to reading. Some might say he is a fairly successful person. The habit of reading is what differentiates an average person from the extraordinary. Reading habit has a multi-layered effect on the life of a student. It widens the horizon giving a novel perspective to the reader and makes them capable of looking at the same thing from different viewpoints. It liberates the mind and educates one against being judgmental. A reader does not look at anything in black and white, rather looks at the grey area where many explanations of a single event are possible.

Here is a list of qualities that a voracious reader inculcates over a period of time:

1. Phenomenal vocabulary: Books contain brilliantly curated words that leaves one spellbound. A good reader can engage with other people by expressing his/her thoughts effortlessly. The next time you meet a person who uses difficult words, you might want to ask about the number of books he/she has read in the recent past.

2. Knowledge is power:  Books have such a motivating impact that they can empower even a physically weak person to the extent of making him the strongest person in the world. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi, it was not the physical strength but the mental strength that made him the Father of the Nation. Knowledge is an asset that cannot be stolen or taken away. It is reading that strengthens the mind to remain composed even under the adverse circumstances.

3. Career-oriented growth: Reading makes one more focused and coherent. It is all the more beneficial when you are reading something that can build your career. For example, if you want to be a public speaker, factual knowledge based on scientific data can help you come out with many useful arguments to support your viewpoint.

4. Memory workout: While reading a good book, it’s really easy to escape the real life and become absorbed in the events happening in the book. In some books, there is more than one narrative being told simultaneously and one needs to be proactive in memorizing the characters to understand the story. So, a good book is always an exercise of one’s brain.

Laurence Sterne has rightly said, “The desire for knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.” Picking up the right book can transform one’s life as our mind feed on the things we perceive. The perception, in turn, is created by what we read or hear.

How is technology integrated into the teaching curriculum?

The Indian education system is undergoing a rapid change as technology becomes an integral part of the teaching curriculum. From providing online resources to tablets to the students for learning, Indian schools are slowly becoming tech savvy. Teachers are more open to use study aids like power points and software to help students streamline their homework and classwork. Despite misgivings that students can become distracted with technology in the classroom, using the right tools leads to great results. But how and why should technology be integrated into the classroom?

cgc-blog-2To facilitate teamwork

Teamwork is not just for the corporate world anymore. Students need to learn how to work with teams not just to become better students, but also better professionals. Technology can facilitate teamwork, even remotely. This makes it easier for the teachers to assign team projects and for the students to execute it. Collaborative platforms and software allow students to communicate seamlessly while sharing ideas.

Offer better study aids

The traditional education system where teachers only taught from the textbooks is slowly being phased out. Students need better study aids or supplementary tools that can enhance their learning. Educational tools available online such as videos of science experiments, documentaries about specific topics, etc. can enhance their knowledge.

Prepare them for the outside world

It is impossible to run away from technology in real life. In modern offices, technology rules everything from team projects to employee reviews. Every field from advertising to engineering uses some aspect of technology to govern their work and growth. If students are taught early on how to use technology to supplement their skills, life in the corporate world will be easier.

Promote better growth and learning

There is no such thing as enough education. Why not hand our children the tools they need to grow and learn at their own pace. Online learning platforms are a hit with parents and students for this exact reason. Lesson plans that are easy to follow along and tutorials that offer hands-on learning are just what a student needs for a deeper understanding of the lessons taught in the classroom.

Introduce unique learning methods

When once textbook learning and rote learning ruled the world, technology has managed to create a complete transformation in how students learn. Teachers are becoming adept at recognizing that students need new learning methods, and hence, are open to allowing technology into their classroom. Unique learning methods make it easier for the students to understand difficult and complicated concepts. Technology-based learning methods also help reinforce what their teacher has already introduced to them in the classroom.

Unusual learning methods are quickly taking up space in classrooms. This trend in no way negates the need for teachers since technology should be used to supplement classroom learning. It is important for an educational institute to set goals and a road map for how to use technology to make sure it does not take over the classroom.

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