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School Innovation Cells!

School Innovation Cells!

I have written about change several times in the past here is another perspective to the same topic. Lately I have been travelling a few cities as part of our annual Mentor Connect program where I share my thoughts based on research to school leaders from that region. The world around us is changing at a pace that is difficult…

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Migration is changing our world

Migration is changing our world

Most of us are aware of the fact that one of the biggest factors that is changing the face of our world is the technological advances and the disruption that it brings with it. This fact is well understood by the educational planners and educators worldwide and there is a lot of focus on coping with the changes that come…

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Education is Trending!

Education is Trending!

Fashion and social media are not the only domains that thrive on trends and in vogue, the education space has a fair share of its trends if you have the ability to look closely. Some school trends are started by school managements while most are started by education service providers. Most schools are run by the government and like everything…

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Teach children to fail

Teach children to fail

Ability to handle stress, ability to fail & an ability to accept rejection! India is the suicide capital of the world and this is a know fact, what is also common knowledge to most educators is the fact that students form the majority of the suicide cases in India. Students land up taking this extreme step especially around the exam…

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Should parents choose careers?

I have been interacting with a lot of high school students over the years and have had open conversations with them about their future and careers, in all these conversations I sensed that there is still a big conflict between what the students aspire to become and what their parents want them to be. Taking up science stream and building a career in that path is still the most dominant choice. In this aspect clearly the world has not moved on, especially the parents who still want to impose their ideals on children.

Ironically the world outside seems to think exactly the opposite of what the average parent thinks about careers. Design, aesthetics, creativity and innovation are the buzz words in almost all industries globally. The world is clearly moving towards a convergence of subjects and faculties. It is not enough for engineers to be good at their subject alone, they are expected to be creative and design thinkers as well. The trend is a convergence or confluence of art with all fields.

Design Thinking is the word that everyone is talking about, almost everything that had a fixed pattern in the past is being reinvented and reimagined with design thinking. Travel is no longer as difficult as it used to be – Uber & Ola have made commuting simple, online travel booking sites have made destinations accessible, Air bnb has made a hotel out of homes and everything under the sun can be ordered online. Fresh ideas solving traditional problems are changing the world.

Content creation is the other big focus these days and the amount of AV content being created is incredible. Schools are way behind in this area as they are still teaching languages from lessons that were written a century ago and the only means of content creation in schools today is the written word. Students today are not excited about writing they are more comfortable creating content in the audio, visual, image and infographics formats.

There is an urgent and dire need for schools to educate their parents on the importance of new age career trends and encourage them to be open to the idea of their children taking up Arts & Media. There is a massive future for children who are creative and can use design thinking to solve problems. Educators need to open their minds and allow children to create content beyond the written word.

LXL Ideas organised the International Kids Film Festival (IKFF) which was hosted by over 4000 schools across 20 countries. Seeing the joy of the kids watching films was a sight to behold and the learning they garnered by being exposed to films in 20 odd languages clearly demonstrates that children today are very open to new languages and cultures.

IKFF is now moving into its new phase where it will enable students to Learn the craft of film making. Learn Cinema is an online film making tutorial designed especially for school students and it is live on www.lxl.in

Write is not literacy anymore!

Write is not literacy anymore!

The first thing that is taught in school to any kid that starts schooling is to read and to write. From that day on for the next 2 decades students go through a rigmarole revolving around reading and writing – tests, exams, assignments etc. Infact the very term ‘Literacy’ means our ability to read and write. Have you ever wondered…

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