23 Mar Is your child using Information technology correctly?
If you are worried about a question like this, we’d like to call for your attention here. A family in India chose educational media and its content as a surplus in teaching their children. The focus was on television or digital gaming and learning. The children were occasionally allowed to play with the tablet or smartphone but were given access to various learning apps when needed. As a result, in comparison to other children that were interviewed, these children performed relatively better in terms of digital skills. They also knew their way around e-learning portals and applications. Here, these smart parents know that Google serves as a portal to go to other websites, such as e-learning platforms or to access the school’s digital platform. In this family, digital technology is seen as useful; for instance, with regards to schooling. However, parents also believe that their use should be restricted. In general, parents consider digital media as “a surplus”; they want their children to acquire other skills first. You can be a smart parent too if you teach your child to use technology creatively!
Sensibly using information technology has helped people around the globe. Here’s how creative innovators use Information Technology creatively and sensibly:
Toddlers these days may not say the word “Mumma”, but they can definitely learn how to scroll. With the rapid growth of the world, a toddler’s communication skills are improving at a faster rate, and soon, one can teach the child to talk along with scrolling while using voice recognition. Also, If your child pronounces a word incorrectly, you can repeat the word/ or let the child listen to the word correctly in a sentence to model its correct pronunciation, but it is best not to point out their mistake.
Toddlers are learning and youngsters are growing with the help of Information Technology. For example, inter-school festivals have been a constantly evolving tradition in India. If inter-school competitions in the past consisted of contests in quiz solving, music-making and dancing, they have evolved to include new creative activities like beatboxing. In order to keep up with the latest trends, schools are organizing competitions in video games as well as mobile games, including, FIFA, Mini Militia and PUBG Mobile.
The sensible use of technology has brought the world to our fingertips. Creative milk vendors in India have taken technology pretty seriously. to the point that they are now taking orders on their mobiles! One can now order fresh milk and get it delivered within a click. Not just milk vendors, but with technology, pharmacy, doctors, grocery stores and many other daily requirements are available in a few taps.
The Internet has proved the proverb “when there’s a will, there’s a way!”.! To adapt to a changing population with unique demands, learning institutions have employed the use of information technology in education to cater to this new demographic. Online courses have enabled most of the employed and young population to go back to class and get second degrees or additional certifications. It is possible to attend a college overseas without even getting out of your home country and at your own convenience. Many free learning courses are also available through Google.
Indian students have also contributed to the usage of Information Technology mesmerizingly. Here are a few examples:
1. Torch that gives abundant light.
Md. Alisher, Bihar
A student from a state board school in Bihar came up with the idea to have another bulb below the main bulb of the torch so that light is available near the feet of the user and also for people following the user.
2. Multicolour headphone wires.
Swetleena Zenith – Uttar Pradesh.
A student from an IB board school in Uttar Pradesh finally got a cure to tangle the untangled. The cords/wires of the headphones were made of different colours so that untangling them becomes easy; a simple solution to an everyday problem faced by many of us.
3. Electronic purse connected to a watch
Phamnya Konyak – Nagaland
A student from an international school in Nagaland created a password protected purse and an electronically paired watch, which alerts the user if they move away or if someone steals the purse.
4. Step-lock system in the bus
Student from Tamil Nadu
A state board student from Tamil Nadu found a solution for an observed problem in our country., i.e. overcrowded buses and the mishaps that take place because of them. They created Mechanism, which would not allow the bus to move if people were standing on its stairs, thereby preventing accidents.
5. Hilly terrain cart
Vidya Ramesh, Karnataka
Noting the difficulty people in the mountainous regions faced in transporting goods, Vidya Ramesh from an international school modified the traditional hill carts by designing three equidistant wheels on a single axle attached to two similar sets in different planes, allowing flexibility in movement with respect to each other.
Your child can be one such innovator if moulded appropriately. We, at Mainadevi Bajaj International School, make sure that along with academics, the hidden innovator within your child sensibly uses Information Technology. How will you use Information Technology sensibly? Let us know in the comments section below.