Thank you!

As some of you might be knowing that I am having some problem with my laptop and this is the reason behind my invisibility online for the past week, though I have tried to catch up reading what all my ECMP355 friends have been posting.

Everyone seems to have got themselves really involved in blogging,  posting so many amazing resources and article except one one person and that’s ME (I am not able to contribute anything)

sad-face1What is making me even more sad is that this amazing ECMP355 course is coming to an end and I am really going to miss the online sessions, tech tasks, ecmp355 update videos and the learning experience I have had with all my ecmp355 peers. I hope to continue the interactions with everyone through mail, comments on post and tweets (which ever way suits you).

Thank you everyone for taking out time to read my posts and give your valuable feedback for the entire session!

Best of luck with your teaching careers!

Adoption Rate Of New Styles Of K-12 Teaching

This is an infographic based on a survey conducted by Enterasys Network to better understand how rapidly schools are adopting to the new teaching styles and technology tools.

Infographic credit http://www.enterasys.com/

Infographic credit http://www.enterasys.com/

Key points :
21% schools are currently using digital text books and 36.5% plan to use them within a year, but 42.5% schools have no plans to make any move in this direction. (This really surprised me.)

Less than half of schools feel that their network infrastructure is adequate to handle the demands of video content in the classroom.

84% of the schools say that they are able to monitor students network and online activity, which is really amazing.

94% of schools are already using online assessments and testing or plan to use these within 12 months. However 15% find the shift to online assessment would be impossible or difficult.

20.9% of schools are already trying to incorporate Flipped Classroom model in teaching, while another 22.1% of schools plan to try the flipped classroom within 12 months. But only 12.8 % of school say that their school’s current information technology infrastructure is equipped to fully adopt a flipped classroom model.

More than half of schools are currently using or plan to use social media for teaching purposes.

I was really surprised by the facts and  figures shown in the infographic! Do they surprise you too???

Make a statement!

Today I am sharing a very interesting article which was mailed to me by one of my friends, long back. Today while I was storing my important documents on Google Drive, I stumbled upon it. Read it carefully and give a thought….May be it can make a difference to your life 🙂

My Friends,

Money has no memory. Experience has. You will never know what the total cost of your education was, but for a lifetime you will recall and relive the memories of schools and colleges. Few years from now, you will forget the amount you paid to settle the hospitalization bill, but will ever cherish having saved your mother’s life or the life you get to live with the just born. You won’t remember the cost of your honeymoon, but to the last breath remember the experiences of the bliss of togetherness. Money has no memory. Experience has.

Good times and bad times, times of prosperity and times of poverty, times when the future looked so secure and times when you didn’t know from where the tomorrow will come… life has been in one way or the other a roller-coaster ride for everyone. Beyond all that abundance and beyond all that deprivation, what remains is the memory of experiences. Sometimes the wallet was full… sometimes even the pocket was empty. There was enough and you still had reasons to frown. There wasn’t enough and you still had reasons to smile. Today, you can look back with tears of gratitude for all the times you had laughed together, and also look back with a smile at all the times you cried alone. All in all, life filled you with experiences to create a history of your own self, and you alone can remember them all.

The first time you balanced yourself on your cycle without support…

The first time she said ‘yes’ and it was two years since you proposed…

The first cry… the first steps… the first word… the first kiss… all of your child…

The first gift you bought for your parents and the first gift your daughter gave you…

The first award… the first public appreciation… the first stage performance…

And the list is endless… Experiences, with timeless memory…

No denying that anything that’s material cost money, but the fact remains the cost of the experience will be forgotten, but the experience never.

So, what if it’s economic recession? Let it be, but let there not be a recession to the quality of your life. You can still take your parents, if not on a pilgrimage, at least to the local temple. You can still play with your children, if not on an international holiday, at least in the local park. It doesn’t cost money to lie down or to take a loved one onto your lap. Nice time to train the employees, create leadership availability and be ready for the wonderful times when they arrive. Hey! Aspects like your health, knowledge development and spiritual growth are not economy dependent.

Time will pass… economy will revive… currency will soon be in current… and in all this, I don’t want you to look back and realize you did nothing but stayed in gloom. Recession can make you lose out on money. Let it not make you lose out on experiences… If you are not happy with what you have, no matter how much more you have, you will still not be happy.

Make a statement with the way you live your life: How I feel has nothing to do with how much I have.

What are you thoughts? Did it change the way you think?

I WON’T GIVE UP!

I am in the dark but I will move to light.
Nothing is right but this won’t last forever.
Coz the ones who don’t give up make the difference.

I may be in pain but someone else might be in greater pain.
My life may be full of misery but others is no less.
They don’t give up, then why should I?

Some say life is a battle, holds true for me.
Some say life is a journey, it is for me.
I won’t stop till I reach my destination.

I won’t surrender.
I won’t give up …………… coz my loved ones have faith.
I won’t give up……………coz I am born to make a difference and results will be worth all the wait.

The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice

This is a facinatingly awesome TED Talk by creative genius Drew Davies and educator Jaime McGrath on how to make education relevant, engaging and powerful enough to kindle the fire of imagination and creativity. They talk about how learning is deeper and fun when students are freed from the traditional approaches to learning, that were found to be good for the industrial age system of its time, but in the 21st century those approaches have no place or value. We need to prepare designers who can be ready to face all the challenges of the world and for that we need to inculcate the skills of creative thinking, problem-solving that students will need to thrive in and shape their future.