Teachers in government schools of Delhi are prepping themselves to use new teaching techniques that will include PPTs and videos in their classrooms. This comes after Deputy CM and state education minister Manish Sisodia suggested the use of PPTs and other technologies to the officials of the Directorate of Education (DoE), who then conveyed the same to government school teachers last week during an interaction, according to a Hindustan Times report. At least 500 government school teachers and principals over the last two years have been sent by the government to the National Institute of Education, Singapore, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, and Indian Institutes of Management in Lucknow and Ahmedabad in order to learn new teaching techniques and also to inherit leadership qualities. Some of the teachers and principals came back from Singapore last week itself.
In order to initiate the use of new technologies in the government schools, teachers and principals have been advised to use PowerPoint presentation (PPT) and also to collect related videos in order to use them while teaching the students in the classroom. Some teachers are also willing to go to an extent where they may soon upload their PPTs on video sharing website YouTube and also share them on the Whatsapp messenger to promote the use of these new teaching techniques among other teachers. The Directorate of Education (DoE) might themselves soon start a YouTube channel in order to provide a platform to the teachers to share their lectures.
Advisor to the education minister, Atishi Marlena while talking about the same was quoted in the report saying that the practice of using a YouTube channel will serve two purposes- it will firstly serve the purpose of motivation among the peers as well as the teachers and secondly the students can learn a lot while watching these videos. The Directorate of Education (DoE) is expected to start the YouTube channel in a month or two. An official while talking about the same was quoted saying that there will be an editorial team that will include tech-savvy teachers to look after the videos and also the content that is being uploaded to the channel.
It was Sisodia who suggested the use of a Whatsapp group to share ideas. He told teachers that “If someone starts sharing good morning and good night messages, just remove them. The focus should be on motivating others to adopt ideas that are working well with students.”