New Age Education System

In tandem with the new age socio-economic alters, the prospects of education too have undergone a sea-change in recent times. Long forgotten is a teacher quieting a classroom of students to pin-drop silence and conditioning them to passive listening for better learning. The new-age teacher is entrusted with the responsibility and accountability of sculpting the emerging leaders of the 21st century in their most befitting, unyielding, challenging and competitive capacities.

As we might recall on retrospect, only a couple of decades ago, students earnestly noted down all that the teacher mouthed, dunked into a great deal of laborious homework, by-hearted all definitions and formulas to the best of their abilities. Well, that seems like a far echo of ancient history, now replaced with the new-age, responsive, inclusive, interactive, and supportive mode of learning. A learner-centric creed is in, and textbooks have taken a backseat to smart and effective digital devices.

Technology, an icon of progress, has significantly impacted education in its myriad delivery mechanisms. In today’s context, technological adaptability is part of growing up. Technology aids to considerable self-paced learning and creates a synchronistic environment that develops and encourages online learning communities. Mobile applications loaded on tablets and other digital handheld devices have now become a part and parcel of children’s lives; albeit as great learning tools. As teaching tools, technology manifests itself in a diversity of platforms and devices that are known to be ‘technology-smart’. Interactive white boards, digital story books, talking pens, mobile applications and efficient tablets are a few examples. These devices have successfully ousted the age-old rote learning and textbook dependencies in a significant way. 

As for the platforms and mechanisms, ‘e-learning’ has become one of the most potent, fruitful, cost-effective, self-paced tools of learning. Some of the features and functionalities e-learning boasts of are: adaptability, scalability, and interoperability. 

Today’s learning spaces too, have gone richer in terms of technological interfaces, usages, and adaptabilities. Dynamic displays on interactive whiteboards or online assessment engines work wonders for today’s learners, irrespective of the age and the grade. It is imperative, therefore, that modern-day teachers need to come up with an effective teaching and learning space design. 

Inclusive of technology, the broad-spectrum goal of new age education is to build greater ownership and leadership in students. A few more salient traits of new-age learning are:

  • Independent thinking to create solutions
  • New and innovative solutions rather than seeking the tried and tested
  • Cumulative efforts rather than individual contributions
  • The pros and cons of idea-reality/think-act situations

In all, the new-age teacher resorts to more flexible methods of ‘enabling learning’ as opposed to ‘teaching’, which accommodate evolving pedagogies, and go beyond the tried-and-tested. Innovation is the other name of progress, and a well-devised technological platform is something that aids innovation. A new era is in, indeed, where smart apps do more talking than teachers, and keypads speak louder than classroom facilitators. Where free-thinking and risk-taking abilities are just as important as knowledge-seeking and mind-developing quests in a human, if not more.