The workshop was led by Dr. Sugata Mitra, a globally renowned educationist, Professor of Education Technology at Newcastle University, UK and winner of the TED Prize 2013
In an endeavour to build a world-class teaching faculty, GEMS Education - the largest private operator of kindergarten-to-grade-12 schools in the world, today co-organised a workshop by internationally acclaimed educationist and Professor of Education Technology at Newcastle University - UK, Dr Sugata Mitra in Mumbai. Dr. Sugata Mitra is also the recipient of the prestigious TED Prize 2013.
The theme of the workshop was: “Effective use of technology in teacher education and professional development”. Educationists and teachers from various parts of the country participated in the workshop to better understand how technology can be integrated into mainstream education, with the objective of yielding better results. This GEMS Education supported Dr. Sugata Mitra workshop delivered interesting perspectives on a wide spectrum of subjects such as; the future of learning, on experiential and experimental learning, on pedagogy and assessment in academic learning, while also providing a renewed perspective on how both teachers and students could prepare themselves for the future.”
Addressing the large gathering present, Dr. Sugata Mitra said, “Technology can play a large role in evolving world class standards in any field. Amalgamation of technology with education can empower not only students but teachers too, and create unique models in imparting education and inspiring innovativeness. The Indian education system can benefit by “SOLE” – the Self-Organised Learning Environment, which can exist wherever there is a computer, an internet connection and students willing to learn.”
GEMS Education, with its wide global network of award winning schools spread across 19 countries is focussed towards delivering curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, leveraging high-end technology. “The GEMS Education focus in India is to continually nurture a spirit of inclusiveness and collaborative learning among both faculty and students. The professional development of teachers is absolutely essential, if technology in schools is to be effectively implemented. We are delighted to co-organise this workshop with Education World in bringing Dr. Sugata Mitra to Mumbai to deliberate on critical topics such as the future of relevance and throw light on how teachers and students can academically orient themselves for the future”; stated Chetan Khanna, Group Director - HR, GEMS Education India.
About GEMS Education:
GEMS Education is a global education services provider with a large number of award winning schools across the globe for over five decades. As the world’s largest private K-12 education services provider delivering quality education to over 1,51,000 students from 160 nationalities, GEMS Education currently employs over 13,000 education professionals, specialists and staff from over 115 nationalities. The last four years have witnessed a vast number of GEMS Education students being accepted into over 860 universities across 49 nations, including 12 of the top 15 universities in the world and 37 out of the top 50 countries in the United States.
In India, GEMS Education currently has ten internationally oriented schools spread across the country, in Gurgaon, Anantnag, Patiala, Haldwani, Bhatinda, Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Guntur, with three new schools coming up in Karnal, Kochi and Rajkot.
About Dr. Sugata Mitra:
Dr. Sugata Mitra is a long-term educationist and a scientist of international repute. He has over 25 inventions and first-time applications in the areas of Cognitive Science, Information Science and Education Technology, to his credit. Dr. Mitra has been the Chief Scientist at NIIT and is currently a Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK.
Dr. Mitra is a winner of "Man of Peace Award" from Together for Peace Foundation, USA, and "Social Innovation Award" from Institute of Social Inventions, UK. He was also conferred the "Dewang Mehta Award" by the Government of India in recognition for his work related to Hole-in-the-Wall.