Smart Classes: A New Method of Pedagogy and Learning

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Muzafar Majeed Bhat

The 21st century is an era of Digital Transformation systems. Whether we talk about art, culture, science or technology, change is observed in every dimension. Similarly, this transition is observed in the field of education as well. Let’s go back to the olden days when education was imparted in ‘schools’ and the whole teaching-learning process used to be carried out under the tree shade. With the passing of time schools were formed and a proper curriculum was framed for the learners. The teachers were given various trainings and emphasis was given to the different methodologies and the use of different teaching aids. We find that the students of the contemporary era are more curious to explore things and want to gain in-depth knowledge about every subject. To cater to these needs, the curriculum is revised on a regular basis and different strategies are designed for the students. With the help of computers there are tremendous outbursts of inventions and innovations around the world. When every zone is getting affected then how is it possible that the most important zone, that is, our educational system remained untouched.
As times are changing, so must the methods, strategies and techniques of imparting education should also change. Teachers must receive adequate on-going training, technological use must be matched to the curriculum, philosophy and theory of learning and adequate numbers of learning material must be conveniently located within the classroom. To meet these needs, the most innovative revolutionary technology implemented in the field of education is the application of smart classrooms. This modern technology is used globally to gratify the essentials of the learners. It is almost certain that implementation of this technology will uplift the standards of education. Through this approach it is assumed that most of the problems arising at the individual level will be rectified and the output in the form of students’ achievement will be better.
The teacher is the most important factor in the learning process but being a human being, there are chances of making mistakes and it is also difficult for a single teacher to offer an ocean of knowledge. In such a , situation a teacher is assisted and updated with the modern technological knowhow, which renders the learning process more effective and efficient. It is rather next to impossible to uproot the old system completely because the instruction process is not complete without the teacher-learner interaction.
There are people who misunderstand the concept of smart classes. Smart class is actually an interactive way of learning in which the teachers are provided with essential tools so as to manage the classrooms, assess the students and encourage group effort. Many places have already introduced smart classrooms in their institutes and it’s time for the other institutes to reorient themselves. As the time changes, so must the style of teaching also be changed. Introduction of smart classes can play a massive role in this revolution. It can be assumed that all the confines of the conventional system will get resolved if only the teachers understand their responsibility of disposing the technological knowledge to the right hands and in the right manner. By reflecting on the growing best practices of technology integration and by avoiding unproductive practices, teachers are better able to ‘‘make research-based decisions regarding the most beneficial approaches to technology

—The author, currently working with Ebix Smart class Educational Services, as an area manager, Jammu and Kashmir can be reached at: Muzafar.majeed@yahoo.in