Jump Start-1:- LEARNING IN INNOVATIVE WAYS
The Seminar touched upon various aspects of Learning-Teaching processes.
In the first part the discussion centered around the quality of education in India, the
Roadblocks faced by educators in making learning more progressive.
What are the socio-economic influences that affect our education system?
A very simple and strong example given by Prof. Pant was that :- if the water we are getting is not potable, we do not wait for government to make it so. We use Aquagaurd or RO to make it drinkable. Similarly, what were ails our Education, we ought to find ways & means to treat that ourselves, without waiting for anyone else to do so.
Ms. Geeta :-talked about the ‘ART’ in Education, its significance as a powerful means of expression, release and relief for students. In the hierarchy of our system, Art in any form has a very low ranking, which is an impediment to a holistic growth of individuals. She performed the ‘Mudras of Natarajan - God of Dance- who represents a combination of Shiva’s roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time.
The Third group of panellists spoke about the gamification of learning; which is an educational approach to motivate students to learn by using video game design and game elements in learning environments. The goal is to maximize enjoyment and engagement through capturing the interest of learners and inspiring them to continue learning.
The Keynote of the day was the highly interesting and engaging talk by Mr. Devdutt Pattnaik, who emphasised on the ‘art of storytelling’; which has been practised from time immemorial. He stated that story telling was a combination of drama-‘rasa’, emotions- ‘bhava’ and idea is the last thing which should come in the end .What is non-negotiable is the drama or ‘rasa’ – that is how you tell a tale; that is the challenge.
He said that all that is narrated is a story, a Story is some fact, some fiction, a lot of imagination. Whatever we recall and narrate is our version of an occurrence – our story. Each story is a perception of what happened, one version of the truth; at worst, it is entirely the product of imagination.
Therefore through ‘Story –telling’ we ought to prepare the child for the future, they should be exposed to the reality of life, that life may be unfair at times.
The concluding session further reinforced and underlined that teaching- learning through ‘story-telling’ brings a lot of life to teaching. The story is a subterfuge, a distraction or can be used to manoeuvre a lesson to make it interesting. Story telling can serve the purpose of entertainment, engagement & education.