Some newly established schools have spent lacs of rupees on just developing the IT infrastructure. That is a sizeable budget, but is it necessary?
Modern educationists and visionaries have emphasized on the growing needs of younger generations in the rapidly evolving world that is marked by technological advancement. The progress in the last couple of decades in the field of science and technology, especially digital electronics, has been stupendous. With so much happening around, the knowledge must flow so that better utilization of resources can be assured.
There is a mild row between traditionalists and modernists as traditionalists have not very much favoured the excessive reliability on technology and instead consider old classroom with blackboards fixed on the walls to be effective. Yet many schools established years before have upgraded their facilities and equipped them with modern teaching aids.
In a typical classroom envisaged by the modernists and technocrats, students are more involved as knowledge transfer takes place using multiple means of communication. There is a presentation going on, important notes and direction of the teacher as what to get from the message, visual displays, system generated audio, etc. Such an ambience is considered to be helpful as the student is completely engaged in the learning process.
Technological advancement in schools has also been favoured so as to get rid of traditional learning practices, where students are least receptive in the learning process. Using just verbal communication, chalk and board makes students feel dull and bored. As this process is repeatedly continued, the capacity of students to assimilate information and extend their knowledge becomes minimized. Therefore it is said that technology plays a vital role in the development of mental faculties in children.
Still, there is a new school of thought, a different class of visionaries who believe that technology can reshape the schools of the future. For instance, inexpensive laptops and digital notebooks may replace the contents in the school bags of children, school assignments and homework may be send over electronic mail services, etc.
The above-mentioned technological advancement in schools of India seems to be a distant dream, but that is not entirely true. New schools that are being established in cities are provided with all modern equipments of learning and teaching with state-of-the-art infrastructure that promises great education experience.