Tirupati: The former district of Chittoor is at the forefront of adopting digital technology-based teaching methods long before other districts in the state. The re-engineering of teaching skills has grown in importance and has become a necessity as the world witnesses a transformation in all areas and especially after the Covid pandemic. Moreover, an important aspect of the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) was the promotion of digital integration in education by moving away from monotonous methods.
With this in mind, the AP State Council of Science and Technology (APCOST) and the School Education Department of Chittoor have jointly launched the digital education campaign by organizing various programs from time to time. . Explaining the concept, the district coordinator for digital education, P Neelakanta, told The Hans India that in the digital age, the teacher should have the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching and sufficient knowledge from subject.
Traditional classrooms cannot meet the needs of education in the 21st century for long, and the new classroom must be equipped with modern technology and teachers must be facilitators of the learning process. These 21st century skills basically consist of 3 Ls – learning skills, life skills and literary skills.
He said re-engineering allows for greater control over interaction with students, a greater ability to direct attention to individual needs, and the ability to adapt modes appropriately to tasks. Instead of acquiring knowledge, how to acquire it and use it in everyday life is more important and leads students towards creativity.
The education department of the former Chittoor district has organized several programs to improve the life skills of teachers. Neelakanta completed a five-day training at the International School of Geneva in 2019 and got a better insight into modern teaching methods around the world. In turn, teachers and students are trained in modern skills that are essential in the 21st century curriculum.
The department held a life skills key resource person training camp. An online program to teach computer coding to students was organized. Subsequently, through APCOST, the same program was continued and trained 10 teachers from each district, after which computer coding has been taught in several schools now.
A two-day workshop on creating digital content was organized to train teachers on various applications, power point, animations, etc. prepared in each school.