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Empowering Learning and Teaching with Technology

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A White Paper on how technology is facilitating teaching, increasing student engagement and improving learning - co-authored with and for Themeefy Inc.

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Empowering Learning and Teaching with Technology

  1. 1. Copyright Themeefy Inc. 2015 Themeefy Inc WWW.THEMEEFY.COM Empowering Learning and Teaching with Technology EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY IS FACILITATING TEACHING, INCREASING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND IMPROVING LEARNING.
  2. 2. Copyright Themeefy Inc. 2015 FOREWORD The usage of technology in education is becoming more and more common these days; in fact one of the tenets of modern education is the use of technology in class. The arrival of Internet access in classrooms, tablets and smart boards has made it easier for school administrations and teachers to integrate technology in class. This white paper aims to identify different ways to integrate technology in class, empowering students to think independently, conduct their own research and start creating their own knowledge profile. Teachers can benefit by this new approach by including relevant real world resources in their lessons and following their students’ progress with real world tasks and recording of achievements in real-time. Supra Manohar, Titash Neogi, Geetanjali Shrivastava & Ryan Chadha CEO and Co-Founder Product Design and Co-Founder Education Experts and Marketing
  3. 3. Copyright Themeefy Inc. 2015 Contents FOREWORD.............................................................................................................................................1 ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN MODERN EDUCATION ..................................................................................3 Technology and Pedagogy ..................................................................................................................3 MAKER EDUCATION AND ITS APPLICATION IN SCHOOLS.......................................................................4 What is “Maker Education”?...............................................................................................................4 How is Maker Education changing the way students learn?..............................................................4 Themeefy and Maker Education.........................................................................................................5 IMPORTANCE OF CREATING A KNOWLEDGE PROFILE............................................................................6 CONTACT.................................................................................................................................................7
  4. 4. Copyright Themeefy Inc. 2015 ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN MODERN EDUCATION As citizens of the 21st century, we cannot deny the omnipresence of technology. Nearly 3 billion people use the Internet and access to information and communication technology is increasing across the world. It goes without saying that technology is and should be an important part of education as well. Traditional curriculum tends to prioritize consumption of knowledge over innovation and real application of knowledge. In today’s globalized society, it is important for schools to integrate technology in their curriculum and empower students with the competencies required to excel in a learning society and continue to evolve throughout their life. Technology and Pedagogy The new tools and technology of Web 2.0, a participatory and collaborative Web, have broadened the horizons of education taking learning beyond the classroom. The application of technology in distance education is obvious (online learning communities, virtual classrooms, easy exchange of course material) but it plays an even more powerful role in regular classrooms. The presence of Internet in classrooms and tools such as the interactive boards have extended the learning space beyond the four walls of the classroom. Teachers can now introduce content from the Web, stream real-time videos and tap into a variety of learning opportunities beyond the physical boundaries of the school. The emergence of this new flexible learning environment has enabled real-time, interactive and a highly personalized learning. Technology has enabled students to take control of their learning process and participate more actively in it and platforms like Themeefy (www.themeefy.com) have empowered students to personalize their education by creating their own learning material. Students can now learn real-world skills such as team-building, collaboration, problem solving, global awareness, listening and presentation with the use of various EdTech tools. 65% of teachers say that technology lets them demonstrate things they couldn’t show any other way. It allows them to reinforce and expand on content, helps motivate students & accommodates different learning styles.
  5. 5. Copyright Themeefy Inc. 2015 MAKER EDUCATION AND ITS APPLICATION IN SCHOOLS What is “Maker Education”? “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” A response to the increasing need to move students from being mere consumers of information to real innovators who can help build a better world, the Maker Ed movement started in the United States of America. The objective of Maker Ed is to encourage creativity amongst young people, develop an interest in various subjects through “making.” The Maker Ed movement is best illustrated in craft and the creation of actual physical objects and art work. But it doesn’t stop there. Maker Ed is all about innovation and thus about new ideas and new ways to think. How is Maker Education changing the way students learn? The Maker Space in education by its very definition nurtures innovation, experimentation and independence. Technology is one of the most important tools of Maker Ed since it allows students to break free of pre-packaged experiences and build their own learning experiences. This could be with a 3D Printer or one of the many sites that allow students to take control of their education. One of the most important skills for a student is the ability to conduct research on any given topic and present it in a coherent manner. Themeefy (www.themeefy.com) enables students to search for relevant information on any topic. The exercise of searching for information, reading and choosing the most apt content is far more efficient in the learning process than consuming readymade lessons. Learners are no longer mere consumers of content but active participants and producers of content in their own right. This democratization of learning has made it a really exciting time to be an educator.
  6. 6. Copyright Themeefy Inc. 2015 Themeefy and Maker Education (Re)Iterations & Perseverance: The process of creation involves many reiterations. Students aren’t expected to nail the project on their first attempt. With positive feedback from their teachers, they have to go back to the drawing board and tweak their creation several times before they nail it. While creating their Themes, students often have to stop, rethink & even pivot, leading to several iterations of the Theme in the process of making it more interesting, pertinent and pleasing to their audience. The exercise not only encourages perseverance, it also redefines “failure,” making the erstwhile negative comment, nothing but the first step in the learning process. Engaged Learning: The Maker movement is driven by interest based projects that value individual insights and personalization. The very fact of being responsible for their learning process rather than being passive recipients of knowledge handed down by their teachers, drives a certain passion and sharpens the students’ interest in the subject. In asking students to create their own lessons and involving them in the process of learning, educators are paving the way for more engaged and passion-based learning. Sharing & Growing Together: Maker Ed is founded on the principles of sharing and community-based creation and growth. It thus encourages the practice of sharing of knowledge and skills and mentoring in the manner of our forefathers. At Themeefy, students are encouraged to share their Themes and discover the Themes created by others. Themes published inside a class are visible to all the members, thus students can learn from each other.
  7. 7. Copyright Themeefy Inc. 2015 IMPORTANCE OF CREATING A KNOWLEDGE PROFILE Evaluation is an important part of the learning process and one of the most important ways of evaluating a student’s progress is through observation. A teacher’s regular record of classroom activities and individual student participation is the most effective way of tracking and evaluating a student’s development. The report card, a traditional way of informing parents about their child’s progress often leaves many questions unanswered. Parents are increasingly more participative in their child’s education and want to know more about classroom activities and fill in the gaps at home. This in turn calls for a need of physical evidence in the form of photos, audio and video clips. The Themeefy Portfolio is a simple way to record classroom activities by uploading images, audio and video clips accompanied by the teachers’ comments. Teachers can thus gather evidence and record:  Development of play skills and the common themes during play-time.  Emerging literary skills, interest areas and cognitive functioning.  New behaviour patterns, social reactions and routines. This activity not only provides a realistic picture of a child’s development and progress at school, it also enables teachers to capture important moments and field data as researchers in their own right, helping them understand children better and improve their teaching skills. A secure platform, Themeefy gives parents and teachers the right to choose who can access the Portfolios. Teachers can share the Portfolio with parents who can then share it with their family members on their own discretion. The Portfolio also serves as a visual timeline of the child’s learning journey, such that it can be used as an excellent record of everything the child has learnt in school. It can be used by parents to showcase what their child has achieved over the years. Students themselves can use the Portfolio while making their curriculum vitae for university, as an evidence of various academic and extra-curricular achievements. Teachers can record classroom activities and upload them via the mobile app, MomentBox, in the child’s Themeefy Portfolio, which can then be shared with the parents and other family members. An easy way of recording key moments of the learning journey.
  8. 8. Copyright Themeefy Inc. 2015 CONTACT To know more about Themeefy and its mobile application MomentBox, you can get in touch with our team members: Ryan Chadha : ryan@themeefy.com (for enquiries from the Indian sub-continent) Supra Manohar : supra@themeefy.com (for enquiries from the Unites States of America and elsewhere in the world)

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