Albert Einstein once said,
“I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
This quote aptly justifies today’s 21st century. It is of utmost importance that kids are exposed to a logical platform of learning and not encouraged to rote learn. Teaching science should be much more than mugging up of theories, formulas, and vocabulary. It should be lessons in problem solving and collaboration.
To combat this hurdle of rote learning in the Indian Education System, Dell India aims to put the spotlight on PC-enable interactive learning where students enjoy and get fully immersed in the learning process. With #DellAntiRote Day, #DellAarambh throws light on effective, objective learning by equipping teachers and parents all over India with vital PC skills and bringing into realisation that PC is a necessity and not a luxury in any household today.
The question that arises here is: what is PC–enabled learning?
PC- enabled learning is an interactive and sensory way of learning so students stay alert while studying. It focuses on understanding the theory taught in class rather than just memorizing it on surface level. This is done through virtual field trips, quizzes, videos, presentations and so on.
It is necessary for parents, teachers and students to clearly understand the reason why rote-learning should not be encouraged and why PC- enabled learning should be incorporated. The reasons are as follows:
- Rote learning Is passive learning of mere facts. Whereas PC -enabled learning is active and immersive learning.
- It has a short-term recall. PC-enabled learning gives a long-term understanding of the subject.
- It leads to mental exhaustion whereas PC-enabled learning is engaging and fun. It involves transfer of learning to solve new problems.
- Most importantly, in rote learning there is no cognitive development in the child such as logical thinking, analysis, reasoning, problem-solving, etc. PC-enabled learning, on the other hand ,believes in developing the 3 Cs-Creativity, Critical thinking and Complex problem-solving, as they are the three most desirable skills for today’s Digital Indians.
To avoid rote learning and develop critical thinking, parents and teachers can incorporate new teaching techniques to make learning more engaging and fun for their kids. Example:
- Bring in a surprise factor that will help children remember and retain the subject.
- Show them examples, encourage them to think deeply and associate learning with real life experiences.