Come the new academic session 2015-2016, we at Gopalan International School (GIS) are set to further leverage the learning experiences of our young techno-savvy students by exposing them to a set of modern-day classroom learning tools and apps- Google Apps, EZ Vidya Curriculum – besides robotics
1. Google Apps for teaching and assessment (Grade I – X)
Teachers have started creating online assignments and assessing students online using Google Forms. Collaborative class activities are being conducted with the help of Google Docs and Slides. Educational YouTube videos are shared with students. Teachers have been introduced to the Flipped Classrooms concept to be implemented across subjects. Further integration of technologies like Google Maps, Google cultural institute, Google Classroom other apps into teaching are on the anvil.
2. EZ Vidya Curriculum
EZ Vidya is India's leading educational research and innovation organization. EZ Vidya's initiatives based on a decade of sustained research on learning and pedagogy have led to a remarkable transformation in over 1000 schools.It is empanelled by the CBSE and Department of Education in several states. It partners with organisations like WIPRO, Intel, IBM, AIF, Dell and NOKIA, in diverse educational projects. EZ Vidya was awarded the coveted ET-NOW IndiaTimes Leaders of Tomorrow award as a 'Game Changer' from over 63000 nominated companies.EZ Vidya's flagship curriculum programme, Chrysalis, is an award-winning Learning Transformation Programme impacting over 600 schools.
Chrysalis is a Learning Transformation Programme which seeks to transform Classrooms into Thinkrooms. The programme aims to drive change across 5 key areas influencing learning environments. Developed out of 13 years of desk & field research on learning and pedagogy, Chrysalis drives and measures this change in children through 36 transformation parameters.
Chrysalis Studio makes learning a real fun. Unlike a textbook, the research based Studio is designed to be child-centric, giving every child the space to express themselves. The studio makes thinking along the 4-Facets (Critical, Creative, Societal and Reflective) a child's habit
This year, Chrysalis will be powered by Buzzle, a first-time-in-the-world innovation in 21st Learning. Buzzle enhances learning outcomes of the children through 18 different experiences. While children Buzzle, the key insights about their individual understanding levels, skills and misconceptions are registered. This data is presented as a meaningful child portfolio report which parents and teachers can use to take informed action to help the child learn better. This is implemented as a parent-friendly interface. About 540 schools across India will pioneer Buzzle in the 2015-16. The programme has been introduced from Nursery to grace V.
Robotics is increasingly being considered as the fourth "R" of learning, "Reading, wRriting and aRithmatic" that modern-day students must understand to succeed in a highly competitive, technology-driven world. Robotics integrates all STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) fields in a way no other subject can cover. It is the mother of all subjects as it integrates mechanical, electrical, electronics, control engineering, computer science, technology, math and science. Most importantly, it is an exciting and fun-filled way to engage students in the STEM fields!
Gopalan International School will be introducing robotics during 2015-16. Robotics helps foster creativity in students and encourages critical thinking. The robotics classes will provide students with an experiential education that excites, engages, and enriches through a unique, learn-by-doing curriculum.
We believe that true learning takes place when a student is allowed to discover the underlying principles through a hands-on, experiential, learning model. We will be using a Guided Discovery Approach to teach STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) through Robotics. Without guided discovery, teaching STEM concepts and even robotics has become routine and boring. This Guided Discovery Approach creates significant learning experiences that are personally meaningful.
Our K-3 students will build a number of robots over the course of a year as they are introduced to elementary robotics. Students will learn how to use various parts such as gears, axles, motors and sensors. They will be able to bring their creations to life by programming with a graphical interface. This course enables students to work as young engineers/scientists in an interactive environment.
To be competitive in the global economy, to pursue an aggressive yet sustainable development, we will prepare our younger generation to embrace creativity, invention and innovation. STEM is the engine that can power this growth. STEM education begins in early childhood when children are curious and creative and continues through college. All children, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or learning style, can excel in STEM disciplines and aspire to have STEM careers.
The robotics classes will be introduced from grade I to VIII from next academic year (2015 – 2016). One class per week for 30 weeks will be Level-I. Robotics classes will be incorporated in the curriculum during school hours itself. It will be 100% hands on experience. Your ward will receive International certificate at end of the course.