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JAIPUR: Instead of a teacher's monologue explaining the food-chain of animals, these days classrooms are abu !ith ideo clips streaming on YouTube ᄃ# $tudents are more comfortable in gi ing po!er-point presentations and audio- isual techni%ues !hile teachers ma&e most of the '( images to explain the toughest of lessons# )elcome to the !orld of digital classrooms in schools !hich are slo!ly, but steadily replacing the traditional classrooms ha ing chal&s and blac&board# About a decade ag
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  JAIPUR: Instead of a teacher's monologue explaining the food-chain of animals, these days classrooms are abu !ith ideo clips streaming on YouTube ᄃ # $tudents are more comfortable in gi ing po!er-point presentations and audio- isual techni%ues !hile teachers ma&e most of the ( images to explain the toughest of lessons# )elcome to the !orld of digital classrooms in schools !hich are slo!ly, but steadily replacing the traditional classrooms ha ing chal&s and blac&board# About a decade ago, one dreamt and tal&ed of 'open-air classrooms' for better learning# *he closed room teaching !ith teachers scribbling on blac& boards !as much criticised# +o!e er, that !as then# *he rooms might be the same but the en ironment !ithin the rooms has changed completely# *he con entional blac&-board has made !ay for digital e%uipment, ma&ing the learning process not ust more colourful but also more interesting# Pearl $ingh, a lass .II /commerce0 student of 1aharani 2ayatri (e i $chool, obser ed that the ontinuous and omprehensi e 3 aluation /30 system is good for students !ho are consistent in studies# 4*his system has partly put an end to mugging of lessons and otting notes# It has more scope for students to sharpen their creati ity and sho!case s&ills in different spectrums# I found it far interesting and easy to understand the subects than the earlier form of textboo& learning,'' says Pearl# *o ma&e education more interacti e and learning a fun experience, many schools are opting for Information and ommunication *echnology-enabled smart classes !here digital blac& boards, audio- isual rooms and interacti e sessions ha e replaced traditional blac&boards and textboo&s# *he tech-sa y students not only enoy their studies through these methodologies but &eenly participate in the learning process# Audio- isual rooms, e-boards and &no!ledge centres are adding a ne! dimension to the teaching style# 4$mart classes ha e changed the process of learning# *hese days it is happening more through screens -- be it tele ision, laptop or films# $tudents are ery %uic& in learning ne! technologies and if they are used to impart education, it enhances the understanding of the concepts#Also, students do not !ant to hear teacher all the time# *here has to bea bit extra to &eep them hoo&# *echnology helps in that,4 said $eema 5hatnagar, principal, (elhi Public $chool# Use of technology is not restricted ust to classrooms# *eachers are using social net!or&ing sites and emails to engage !ith their students and parents# *he assignments are no! accepted through emails# 2roups aremade on 6aceboo& to &eep the students updated about classes and school acti ities# $imilarly, students are using it to upload interesting ideos and articles about topics of their interest on the group page andshare it !ith e eryone#   4)e allo! our students to submit their assignments through emails# It sa es paper and students also find it easy# )e also encourage them do more research and find arious dimensions of the particular topics on internet# In the periods at smart classes, the attention of the studentsis ery high# (igital learning gi es the exact reproduction of the concept,4 said 5ela Joshi, principal, $ubodh Public $chool# 7ie!ing the change, the libraries in schools are also getting I* enabled# )ith e ery textboo&, a ( ersion is also a ailable for students# $mart cards ha e made inroads !hich &eep trac& of boo&s issuedonline# 4Administration of boo&s is done through soft!are# *his help us in ma&ing list of popular boo&s and &eep a tab on the reading trends among children# *he eboo&s are all a ailable online,4 said Jayshree Peri!al, director-principal of $tep 5y $tep group of schools# 3ducationists feel that teachers act more as facilitators, !hile I* pro ides elementary and sometimes e en detailed understanding of subects# )ith a shift in learning process, it is not ust students !ho are learning but teachers too often learn from their students# 4)ith students %uic& in adapting to modern technology, ery soon they !ill lead the classroom discussion and tell teachers !hat is happening around,4 added 5hatnagar#
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